BWSF Charlotte

Black people can unify, create generational wealth, and build communities all over the nation.

 

Map of North Carolina with location pins on Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and FayettevilleAs Forward Cities embarks on an unprecedented project to understand and shift narratives around Black business ownership, Durham’s historic Black Wall Street serves as a model. Charlotte has been selected as one of five pilot communities for Forward Cities’ Black Wall Street initiative.

 

 

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Charlotte Ecosystem Builder in Residence

Harrison Williams is a native of Riverdale, Georgia. He attended Georgetown University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with double minors in French and African American Studies and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Harrison brings 7+ years of experience from banking, sales and business development, non-profit management and entrepreneurial ecosystem development. As of recently, he has transitioned into the healthcare start-up space. Currently, he is the Director of Strategic Sales at Mign, a healthcare start-up in Charlotte, NC that focuses on revolutionizing the orthopedics space for health care providers and patients. Harrison focuses on developing the sales and market penetration strategy for the organization. He has also held numerous board and fellowship positions such as acting the Treasurer of the West Mecklenburg Advisory Board, sitting as the Vice Chair of the Charlotte Inclusion Advisory Board Committee (CBIAC) and being named 2022 Charlotte Equity Impact Fellow.

Harrison will be serving as the Ecosystem Builder in Residence for the Charlotte community. He is very interested in finding the intersection between policy, community and capital when focusing on creating equitable economic development strategies and is excited to serve black entrepreneurs and businesses in the city of Charlotte.

The Charlotte Pilot

Ubuntu, Legacy, Growth

The Black Wall Street Forward Charlotte Council pilot will focus on creating an impact report that focuses on the landscape of the Charlotte entrepreneurial ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs and how this affects entrepreneurs' mental health. The report will focus on how already existing disconnected resources, entrepreneurs' lack of knowledge of resources and funding/ institutions' lack of understanding how to identify and funnel entrepreneurs into the correct channels for resources in the Charlotte ecosystem puts a strain on the mental health of black entrepreneurs. From our findings, our longer term strategy will be to build a "care team" hub of entrepreneurial connections, resource support and access to aid Black businesses to grow capital assets; customized support to fit their entrepreneurial needs; which in theory will help with their mental health as they grow their businesses in the Charlotte market.

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Pillars & Council Members

In order to catalyze this narrative change in each community and honoring past and existing efforts of Black Wall Street legacy stewardship, we will pull forward the following pillars of success from Durham’s historical Black Wall Street.

Collaborative Black leadership and innovation

 

Adrian Marable

Adrian Marable

CEO, GroopWork
Nikki Pounds

Nikki Pounds

CEO, HR Unequivocally

Culturally-rooted geographic business hub

 

Monique Douglas

Monique Douglas

Executive Director, The Brooklyn Collective
Sherry Waters

Sherry Waters

Owner, The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary

Ally investment and partnership

 

Vernetta Mitchell

Vernetta Mitchell

Director, MGT Consulting Group
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Shaunne Thomas

Assistant Program Manager, Charlotte Business Inclusion Office, City of Charlotte

Talent pipeline seeded by education

 

Kellen Nixon

Kellen Nixon

Principal, Nixon & Co Consulting Group
Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson

Owner/Principal Consultant, Thompson Consulting and Analytics, LLC

Engagement with the broader Black community

 

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Shakira Comfort

Director Of Community Outreach, West Side CLT
Cathay Dawkins

Cathay Dawkins

Executive Director, Black Business Owners Corp

Self-perpetuating funding engine

 

Manuel Campbell

Manuel Campbell

CEO, Aspire Community Capital
Tonia Woodbury

Tonia Woodbury

Head of DEI Americas, BNY Mellon

Partners

We're grateful for being able to partner with the following organizations to catalyze Black-centric Entrepreneurial Ecosystems:

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