Getting to know Mark Steinman

When Mark Steinman retired from corporate America, he wanted to give back to the business community. He just didn’t know where to begin.  “I began looking around town, and I was just astounded by the…

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Mentorship in a time of crisis: Our Q&A with David Jones

With the right mindset, a crisis can be an opportunity. There is no greater time to learn, plan and change. For David Jones, it was a chance to thrive.  During the Great Recession, Jones was CEO of…

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The impact of COVID-19 on Charlotte’s entrepreneurs

On a mission to do what’s never been done before, entrepreneurs sometimes face obstacles they’ve never seen before. For many of our mentees, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic uncertainty…

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INCLT’s Keith Luedeman on how COVID-19 is transforming startup life as we knew it 

Less than a week before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and pushed much of the Queen City into a new and uncertain normal, Keith Luedeman and I met for coffee at…

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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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