Outreach Events


2021 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-Mecklenburg Schools

Career & Technical Education Project:  Please plan to attend a supplier diversity outreach meeting via Zoom regarding the CTE Projects at Harding, South Mecklenburg and Olympic High Schools.  This meeting will take place on Friday, January 15th at 10am.

During the meeting, contractors, suppliers and service providers can review preliminary plans and specifications, learn about current bidding and construction schedules and receive instructions for navigating the prequalification process. Below is the information to access the Zoom meeting.

Zoom Meeting Information:
Meeting ID: 922 2305 6495
Passcode: cms

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie English at Branch Builds via email

City of Charlotte

Charlotte is Open for Business Program:

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)
NC HUB Office

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
MS Teams webinar
Training Overview:   Purchasing 101: Vendors will learn the rules and laws that govern State Procurement, how to do business with the State, step by step of the bidding process and tips on how to submit a good proposal. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MS Teams webinar
Training Overview:  A 60-minute webinar discussing important information that is beneficial to business owners preparing to seek capital. HUB participants will be better prepared to manage their finances and develop a greater understanding of the importance of the following financial topics:
  • Budgeting and Account Management
  • Record Keeping Tools & Strategies
  • Personal & Business Credit Profile

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MS TEAMS webinar
Training Overview:  This training is designed to help our HUB certified vendors to gain an 
in-depth understanding of how their certification fits into the State procurement process and advocates working for you.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MS TEAMS webinar
Training Overview:  Construction Contracting training will discuss construction industry topics with representatives from JE Dunn - an industry-leading provider in the U.S. of construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients with operations in North Carolina.
The discussion will include topics such as:
  • Bidding procedures
  • Construction methods, project delivery
  • Prequalification
  • Minority participation and reporting requirements
  • Subcontractor bid requirements

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