5 ways to grow your business during a slow season

Late summer is generally a slow season of business. People are gearing up for back-to-school and taking that last chance for summer vacation. Since things are more leisurely, why not plan some quiet time to work on your business before the busy holiday season is upon us? Here are five strategies to consider: 1. Assess sales patterns Review the past 12 months to assess sales patterns. Did sales increase after certain marketing activities? Did...

Malik Yoba recruits HBCU talent

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. In May of this year, Malik Yoba received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Livingstone College for his commitment to community building and his work in real estate through his company Yoba Development.  To see this commitment through, the “Cool...

The Park Church will host discussion on U.S. polarization

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. When: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7-9 PM Who: Bishop Claude Alexander Jr. and the Park Church, Russell Moore, and Dr. Timothy Dalrymple  Why: This conversation looks to discuss how we can get back to the original purpose of the church by understanding the church’s role...

JCSU makes strategic hire to lead its transformation efforts

In its quest to become one of the nation’s top HBCUs, Johnson C. Smith University on Monday announced the hiring of a faculty veteran from the University of Houston to lead its transformation efforts. Nicole McDonald, who holds a doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University, joined JCSU in the newly created position of senior vice president for transformation initiatives. She will lead the development and execution of JCSU’s multi-year...

Spreading the HBCU love – Q City Metro

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. When N.C. Black Votes Matter reached out to Livingstone College to join a water collection drive for Jackson State University, the answer was an immediate “yes” from Livingstone President Jimmy R. Jenkins.  Jackson, Mississippi, has been in a water crisis...

Letter to my Younger self: Chris Jackson

Everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive. That’s why Goodwill turns donated items into free career training to help people in our community achieve the life they want. Learn more at goodwillsp.org/train Chris Jackson is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, a position he’s held since June 2017. Jackson joined Goodwill in 2010 as vice president of strategic planning and organizational development. Prior...

When Friends Fall in Love

Torie and Jotham maintained a casual friendship for many years. They stayed connected through a mutual friend until a snowstorm gave them a reason to change roles. Torie shares their story.Bride: Torie Bethea, 34, employed- Spectrum Corporate, native of Greensboro, North CarolinaGroom: Jotham Bethea, 34, entrepreneur – healthcare and restaurant, native of Winston Salem, North CarolinaCurrent Residence: Charlotte, North CarolinaWedding Date:...

City Council: New members, new committees

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. One of the perks of being mayor of Charlotte is getting to assign City Council members to various committees. On Tuesday, Mayor Vi Lyles announced committee assignments for the current council session, which began last week when members were sworn in. Under a new...

By any means necessary – Q City Metro

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. Nikki Davis-Green, president of N.C. Central’s Charlotte alumni chapter, is doing whatever it takes to encourage her son, Darren, to choose her alma mater.  In a Facebook post Tuesday, she shared a picture of a pair of Nike Dunks —   maroon and grey to...

Charlotte wants social districts. How do they fare in other N.C. cities?

MONROE, N.C. — On a recent Friday around 6 p.m., Tony Brown, an open cup of beer in hand, went walking through this city’s downtown district to take in an outdoor car show. Four months earlier, it would have been illegal for Brown, or anyone else, to consume alcohol while walking the streets of Monroe. But on June 10, the town joined a growing list of N.C. cities to establish a social district — a designated outdoor zone where open...

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