Issa Hall

Issa Hall, CSL Board Member

Issa Hall is a lawyer and founding partner of Hall & Dixon, PLLC, a law firm based in Charlotte, NC. With over a decade of experience, Issa has established himself as a litigator specializing in criminal defense and personal injury cases.   In addition to his legal expertise, Issa is also the founder of JRZY, a […]

Craig Selimotic Danforth

Craig Selimotic Danforth

Craig Selimotic Danforth is a seasoned Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, bringing over two decades of comprehensive experience and unwavering dedication to guiding clients through the complexities that accompany prosperity. Grounded in a genuine curiosity that fuels his daily journey, Craig is committed to providing a holistic view and an […]

E. Alan Crawford II

E. Alan Crawford, a native of High Point, North Carolina now residing in the Greater Charlotte area, spent 6 years serving his country in the Unites States Navy. Earning his Bachelor’s in Business from the University of California at San Diego. Shortly after separating from the military, Alan found himself tempted by the lure of […]

City Startup Labs is Moving Offices for Extended Reach and New Workforce Readiness Opportunities

City Startup Labs is Moving Offices for Extended Reach and New Workforce Readiness Opportunities The Organization Aims to Drive More Socio-economic Mobility Among Justice-Involved Individuals and Black Tech Founders

The Organization Aims to Drive More Socio-economic Mobility Among Justice-Impacted Individuals and Black Tech Founders Media contact: AzaniaHerron 980-272-1804 CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 31, 2024–Today, City Startup Labs, a nonprofit organization that addresses social economic mobility through leading-edge skills training, hands-on instruction, support and mentorship, career building and community engagement, announces the move of its […]

Dr. King Wasn’t Just Dreaming & We’re On the Move

In 1964, when Dr. King gave his Nobel Peace prize speech, poverty in the US stood at 17%. He spoke before a massive audience and called out the economic inequality that existed not only in the gap between developed and developing countries, but also between the rich and the poor in America. While the poverty […]

What is the reward for giving?

Throughout the year, you have likely been keeping up with us at City Startup Labs and  following our venture into the realm of reentry entrepreneurship and workplace readiness. All year we have been busy at work developing the entrepreneurial talent and capacity of justice-impacted persons who have a desire to put their new ideas to […]

A Global Spotlight on Entrepreneurship + Do Good CLT

This year, November was proclaimed, National Entrepreneurship Month by President Biden. And this week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. During GEW, Innovate Charlotte and the city of Charlotte are hosting the Queen City’s GEW this year, with the theme of “Entrepreneurs Thrive Here.” Back in 2015, I went to Curacao and spoke and conducted a workshop […]

Reflections: I encourage you to read this in full…

Melanie Ruona is a graduate of the Restorative Pathways project. She wrote and delivered this speech at the graduation ceremony on Friday, August 11, 2023. Her words are a testament to the impact of the work that we do. We encourage you to read it in its entirety.  Today, I stand before you as a […]

Profiles of ReEntry Entrepreneurship

Back in 2018, when we piloted the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), there were any number of assumptions that we wanted to test — like, could the work that we had previously done with millennials be applied, whole cloth, to what was a new population for CSL? Could we foster business-building through a team of co-founders […]

Reflecting on Black Business Month

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, and during Dr. King’s breathtaking speech, there was far more than dreaming on his mind. So, let’s consider the intersection of that historic moment with this year’s Black Business Month (August 2023) and why there’s still a need to cash that check.   In 2004, […]