Outreach Events


2020 Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is taking several proactive steps as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a district, we are emphasizing keeping school environments clean, promoting social distancing and limiting students and staff exposure to individuals who may be affected.  This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Charlotte MED Week 2020

When:  October 12-15, 2020, events occurring daily

Where:   Virtual Event Hosted by Whova:  All events will be virtual and hosted on the Whova event app (desktop and mobile)

Join business, government, and community leaders at the eighth annual Charlotte Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week celebration honoring outstanding minority, women-owned and small businesses and the agencies and individuals who support a diverse marketplace.  We will have virtual professional development workshops, a career fair, business connections expo and an awards and recognition celebration.  All events will commemorate the achievements of minority, women and small entrepreneurs and affirm our community's commitment to the principle of equal opportunity.

Registration:  CLICK HERE!

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Opportunities
  • Open for Business:  Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Program [$250,000 up to $5,000,000](link)
    • Wells Fargo (grant)
  • Access to Capital Small Business Recovery Program [$10,000 / $25,000] (link)
    • Foundation for the Carolinas + City of Charlotte (grant)
  • Small Business Innovation Fund [Up to $40,000] (link)
    • Center City Partners + Honeywell (grant)
  • Small Business Relief Grant w/Lowe's [$5,000 to $20,000]
    • Lowe's-LISC Partnership (grant) (link)
  • City of Charlotte Micro Business Relief Fund [up to $10,000] (link)
    • City of Charlotte + LISC (grant)
  • Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund [$500] (link)
    • Arts & Science Council (grant)
  • Small Business Diverse Business Relief Fund [Up to $1,000] (link)
    • NC Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute) - (grant) coming soon
  • COVID-19 Response Fund (link) currently closed check back for funding updates
    • United Way of Central Carolina + Foundation of the Carolinas (grant)
  • Microbusiness Stabilization Fund [Up to $10,000] (link)
    • Mecklenburg County + Centralina Council of Governments (loan)
  • Small Business Stabilization Fund [$5000 up to $35,000] (link)
    • Mecklenburg County + Carolina Small Business Development Fund (loan)

CPCC Small Business Center

Government Contracting:  7 Session Series

If you're looking to sell to the government this series will help you prepare, position, and win government contracts! From certifications to capability statements we've got you covered. 

When:  September and October

Where:  Online Sessions

Please click the following link to register:  Registration

Professional Service Grants

Has your business been affected by COVID? Did you receive a loan or PPP funding? Do you need your books reviewed and help managing loan repayments, financial projections or QuickBooks help? Apply for a Small Business Rebound grant and be considered for a $1,000 professional service grant to support time with a financial pro! Apply now.

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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