Charlotte Business INClusion

​Crowns of Ent​erprise

In celebration of Small Business Month, 12 local businesses were honored at the 10th Annual Crowns of Enterprise Awards virtual ceremony on May 13, 2021.

Hosted by the City of Charlotte Business INClusion and Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development, the program recognizes businesses demonstrating exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. Due to COVID-19, the event was postponed last year. This year’s event honored outstanding businesses in the following categories for 2020 and 2021:

  • Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year
  • Certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year
  • Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) of the Year
  • Prime Contractor of the Year
  • Diversity Advocate of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year

Host Marlon Smith, owner of Success By Choice Inc., presided over the ceremony which included congratulatory remarks from Charlotte Mayor Vi Alexander Liles, Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari (District 6), Charlotte Business INClusion Program Manager Steven Coker, Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman George Dunlap (District 3), Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Rodriguez-McDowell (District 6), and Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development MWSBE Program Manager Jamila Davis.

The award winners are as follows:

  • Certified Minority Business Enterprise of the Year for 2020 - Amplify Charlotte
  • Certified Minority Business Enterprise of the Year for 2021 - BSI Solutions, Inc.
  • Certified Small Business Enterprise of the Year for 2020 - MORCON
  • Certified Small Business Enterprise of the Year for 2021 - Asfalis Advisors
  • Certified Woman Business Enterprise of the Year for 2020 - Kim Brattain Media LLC
  • Certified Woman Business Enterprise of the Year for 2021 - A Home on the Go
  • Diversity Advocate of the Year for 2020 - Latin American Coalition- Jose Hernandez-Paris
  • Diversity Advocate of the Year for 2021 - South Piedmont Community College- Renee Hode
  • Prime Contractor of the Year for 2020 - CES Group Engineers LLP
  • Prime Contractor of the Year for 2021 - McFarland Construction
  • Rising Star of the Year for 2020 - Popcorn Heaven
  • Rising Star of the Year for 2021 - Beyond Decadence, Inc

View the awards ceremony on YouTube

Greetings Business Community & Resource Partners:

Thank you for supporting the Ninth Annual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards that was scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Crowns of Enterprise Awards began in May of 2012, with collaboration between Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte.  This effort is to recognize and honor small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies.

Although we are moving towards re-opening our community, the impacts of COVID-19 are still felt. We recognize we must do our part to help slow down the spread of the virus by adhering to the state and local governments orders prohibiting large group gatherings.  As it was a difficult, joint decision, we have decided to cancel and not reschedule this year’s Awards Ceremony.

Despite this setback, we will continue to focus on our goal of acknowledging and displaying the hard work and resilient efforts of our local small businesses. These businesses illustrate the positive footprint and economic impact they have on our community. Our respective programs nurture relationship building between businesses, officials and government agencies.

We appreciate those who submitted nominations, participated on the judging panel, and the vendors that were selected in planning a successful event.  We would also like to thank our resource partners and the business community for your support and participation every year!  None of this would have been possible without you and your endearing support.

Again, we want to thank you for your continued support as we celebrate and cultivate minority, women, and small businesses in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Together we will get through this!

The Crowns of Enterprise Awards recognize and honor small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. We strive to acknowledge and display the hard work and resilient efforts of our local small businesses, illustrating the positive footprint and economic impact they have on our community. The program nurtures relationship building between businesses, officials and government agencies. This is the tenth anniversary of the awards ceremony and will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2 p.m.

During the awards ceremony, we honor one outstanding business in each of the following categories:

Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year

Certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year

Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) of the Year

Prime Contractor of the Year

Diversity Advocate of the Year

The event is open to the public. To register for the event please visit Crowns of Enterprise eventbrite.

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The Crowns of Enterprise Awards recognize and honor small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. We strive to acknowledge and display the hard work and resilient efforts of our local small businesses, illustrating the positive footprint and economic impact they have on our community. The program nurtures relationship building between businesses, officials and government agencies. 

During the awards ceremony, we honored​ one outstanding business in each of the following categories: 

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year

  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) of the Year

  • Prime Contractor of the Year

  • Diversity Advocate of the Year

  • Rising Star Award

​Each award winner received a 2019 Crowns of Enterprise Award, publicity on the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte Business Resources websites and community visibility through numerous social media vehicles.

​The Crowns of Enterprise 2019 MWSBE Awards Ceremony

The Crowns of Enterprise 2019 MWSBE Awards Ceremony will be held May 16, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at The Palmer Building, 2601 East 7th Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204

Please visit Eventbrite for tickets.

​2020 - 2021 Winners

Certified Minority Business Enterprise:

Certified Woman Business Enterprise:

Certified Small Business Enterprise:

Prime Contractor of the Year:

​Diversity Advocate of the Year:

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