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May 10, 2013 
Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
City of Charlotte Announces 2013 Small Business Week
(Charlotte, N.C.) -- Charlotte’s Small Business Week, which will be held the week of May 12, will feature a variety of exciting and informative events designed to celebrate the city’s small businesses. Activities scheduled during the week will provide local business owners with networking opportunities, access to forums where they can discuss success stories and business strategies, and an awards ceremony celebrating small business and minority-owned businesses.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are vital to Charlotte, as they provide needed goods and services, and drive innovation,” said Mayor Pro Tem Patrick D. Cannon. “Small Business Week provides us with an opportunity to uplift and celebrate the hard work of the entrepreneurs who are constantly investing in our community.”
On May 14, Charlotte Business Resources will host a Small Business Week Conference featuring New York Times best-selling author Chef Jeff Henderson. Henderson will share his personal journey of persistence and determination, recounting what it was like to go from running a drug operation to discovering a passion for cooking while being incarcerated and eventually becoming the executive chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas. The conference will also feature opening remarks by Cannon and Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Tony Zeiss.
Author Dennis Kimbro will serve as the keynote speaker during the Building Wealth for Minority Business luncheon on May 15. Hosted by the City of Charlotte’s Business INClusion Program and local chambers of commerce, the event will also feature a roundtable discussion about building wealth in the minority business community.
Additionally, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards ceremony, hosted by City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County on May 23, will honor and celebrate the accomplishments of small, minority and women-owned local businesses. Awards will be presented to the Small Business Enterprise of the Year, Minority Business Enterprise of the Year and Woman Business Enterprise of the Year.
For more information about Small Business Week, visit charlottesmallbusinessweek.com.