Understanding the difference: independent contractors vs. employees

(Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is not intended as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney and/or tax professional before hiring independent contractors or employees.)…

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Charlotte’s late-stage funding success stories — and how we can create more of them

There comes a point in the life of some startups when you need serious money to pursue next-level growth. You have an established business, a track record of success, revenue. Now you’re looking for…

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Ready for more than friends and family money? Here’s what you need to know when you go in search of professional investment

Say your company has a prototype or product on the market, some traction among your target audience and some revenue coming in the door. The concept has been proven; now it’s time to scale.  That’s…

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The friends and family round — What early-stage startups need to know

A startup at any stage needs money. What varies is how much, and where that money comes from. We tend to hear a lot about later-stage funding. You may have read, for instance, that Passport recently…

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Inside the state-funded effort giving North Carolina an edge over the entrepreneurial competition

It started with an old tin percolator. Calvine Frazier was 8 years old and visiting her grandparents’ farm. Her mother and her grandmother would sit at a table, drinking a mysterious beverage.…

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Three female founders going big in finance, music and STEM are joining INCLT VMS

Abi Olukeye is a self-described STEMinist and the founder of Raising Smart Girls, a platform to help get girls interested in STEM. Priya Malani is the founder of Stash Wealth, a financial planning…

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Why mentorship matters

Leslie Vander Baan, Andrew Tucker and Dan Comisar Leslie Vander Baan has been there. She’s built and exited two businesses. She’s bootstrapped and raised money. She’s struggled and succeeded. And…

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The entrepreneurial accelerator no one is talking about

And why that’s about to change When you’re a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the first rule is, you can’t talk about the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The conversations that happen when the…

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Inside a growing movement to help black women entrepreneurs find success in the Queen City

Last month, a group of nearly 70 black female entrepreneurs (and a few men) gathered in the space occupied by Dupp & Swat at Camp North End.  Photo provided by Davita Galloway It was referred to…

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The Programs, People And Platforms Behind Charlotte’s Entrepreneurial Growth

This spring, the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UNC Charlotte launched an initiative designed to serve those at the very beginning of the entrepreneurial process. It’s…

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