CSL Secures Key Funding from $3.6 Million Workforce Development Grant Approved by City Council

City Startup Labs Among Key Beneficiaries of $3.6 Million Workforce Development Grant Approved by City Council

We are thrilled to announce that City Startup Labs has been selected as one of the recipients of a substantial workforce development grant, part of the $3.6 million in funds unanimously approved by the city council. This decision represents a significant investment in Charlotte’s future, reinforcing a commitment to empowering local residents and businesses. https://youtu.be/-sdcdpuImXM?si=wSPxBzt7VO7CfwjS […]

An Entrepreneurial Flashback – Black Media’s Golden Age

John H. Johnson

As we wind down Small Business Month and acknowledge the accomplishments of the 21st Century’s entrepreneurial class, I’m reminded of era that has gone under-reported, but was likely one of the richest periods of Black business success that we ought to chronicle — one that I witnessed firsthand. From the early 1970’s through the late […]

Beyond Second Chances

Part I – The Prisoner Reentry Industry As we come to the end of Second Chance Month – initiated in 2017 by the Prison Fellowship, it should be noted that the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. China – a “non-democratic” country with a population of 1.4 billion is often […]

A Decade of Transformation and the Visionary Path Ahead

by H.E. Thompson Jr. | Apr 5, 2024 | CLT Blog In the vibrant tapestry of entrepreneurship and social impact, few stories resonate as profoundly as that of City Startup Labs (CSL) and its ten-year journey of fostering a new class of entrepreneurs and value-added employees. At the heart of this remarkable narrative is Henry Rock, a visionary whose foresight […]

Beyond the Escape Room: Discovering True Impact

Shirley Chisholm "If they dont give you a seat at the table bring a folding chair."

Join us in commemorating a decade of transformative impact as City Startup Labs embarks on its REEP cohort journey at Central Piedmont Community College. From innovative problem-solving in escape rooms to honoring the indelible legacy of Women’s History Month, we pay homage to our roots, celebrate our achievements, and shine a spotlight on the inspiring […]

Reaching Beyond the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

As Black History Month winds down, City Startup Labs is spotlighting a set of achievers, who in spite of the odds, realized extraordinary success as entrepreneurs. NEW REEP COHORT Last week we started another ReEntry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) cohort at Central Piedmont Community College’s central campus in Charlotte (you’ll recall in our last newsletter that […]

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 aherron@zajapr.com 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 […]