Ready to Get Certified?
The original goal of the Small Business Consortium was to ensure minority, women, and small business owners had a fair opportunity to participate in the kind of government contracts that allow companies to grow, scale, and increase profits and exposure.
Maximizing opportunities for these businesses to understand and obtain MWSBE certifications has proven to be a crucial gateway to these lucrative opportunities.
Empower ME was designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:
Mentor ME will support Mentees’ efforts to become MWSBE-certified companies. Available certifications include:
City of Charlotte Small Business Enterprise Certification (SBE)
Mecklenburg County Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBE)
North Carolina Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)
NC DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certifications
NC DOT Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE)
NC DOT Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF)
As with most things in business, who you know – and who knows you – is critical. Often, these relationships are key to who ultimately is included in a successful project.
Mentor ME participants will have opportunities to openly network with like-minded business owners in various stages of development. Giving established companies a chance to discover new talent, and emerging companies the chance to meet and get to know important business allies.
There is power in numbers and opportunity in access. Therefore, attracting and developing successful, like-minded business owners will result in greater inclusion and opportunities for us all.
Empower ME will position the city of Charlotte as the premier provider of business opportunities for MWSBE business owners.
“All business is personal…
Make your friends before you need
– Robert L. Johnson
Ready to Build a Legacy?
Recognizing and building on the wealth of knowledge and experience represented by our business community is a unique strength of the SBC.
Since there is power in numbers, the more representation we achieve in the governmental contractual space, the easier it will become for all of us to gain our fair share of this lucrative market.
If you are a successful MWSBE-certified business owner, please become a Mentor.
This is your chance to even the playing field for an emerging company by sharing your knowledge, experience, and expertise with a motivated, like-minded Mentee!
You provide the benefit of your experience, support, and encouragement. We will provide all the information and resources necessary to successfully obtain certification and bid on contracts. You and your Mentee decide how much time and involvement is required to satisfy your partnership goals.
Do well by doing good – help increase the ranks of qualified and prepared MWSBE-certified business owners and obtain recognition and exposure for being a founding participant of this promising new opportunity.
“I am where I am because of the
bridges that I crossed.
Sojourner Truth was a bridge.
Harriet Tubman was a bridge.
Ida B. Wells was a bridge.
Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.”
— Oprah Winfrey
Ready to Find Your Bridge?
No one is an island unto themselves.
This is especially true when it comes to securing governmental contracts. Having an experienced person explain the written and unwritten rules of engagement, introduce important stakeholders, and share information about impending deals not only flattens the learning curve, but it can also make the difference between securing a place at the table, fighting for the crumbs that fall to the floor, or being left out of the feast altogether.
Let an SBC Mentor help you find your way to the table.
As an SBC Mentee, you will benefit from the experience of a successful, MWSBE-certified business owner willing to share their knowledge and expertise with a fellow business owner.
This program has been carefully designed to ensure you not only become certified, but acquire the understanding, connections, and business structure to be competitive in the bidding process.
Mentors provide the benefit of their experience, support, and encouragement. We will provide all the information and resources necessary to successfully obtain certification and bid on contracts. You and your Mentor decide how much time and involvement is required to satisfy your partnership goals.
There is strength in numbers – join the ranks of qualified and prepared MWSBE-certified business owners and obtain recognition and exposure for being a founding participant of this promising new opportunity.