North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council

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More growth-oriented Black-owned firms means more innovation, more jobs and significantly more wealth creation for Black people, impacting communities as a whole. However, the number of Black-owned firms is disproportionately low at nearly every stage of development. This Black entrepreneurship gap is due to systems that result in a lack of access, exposure, networks, funding and resources.

The North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC) was created to lead NC IDEA in its programmatic and grant making ambitions to address the challenges of Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina. The Council works closely with the Foundation to identify, recommend and support partners, grant recipients and programs to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community.

Elevating Black Entrepreneurship

Under the leadership of the NC BEC and less than one year after its formation, our call to fund organizations supporting more Black people in their ambition to start and scale growth-oriented companies drew an incredible response. Equitable entrepreneurship is vital to our economic recovery. Partnering with organizations, including these eight ECOSYSTEM partners and fourteen ENGAGE partners, creates greater opportunity to economically empower Black people with entrepreneurship, and collectively work to combat inequalities that perpetuate racial imbalances.

Upcoming NC BEC grant opportunities will be announced in Fall of 2021

NC BEC Grant Recipients
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Shannon Baylor-Henderson

Shannon Baylor-Henderson

Content Commanders
Dee McDougal

Dee McDougal

Capco
Kevin-J-Price

Kevin Price

NC INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECON. DEV.
Doug Speight

Doug Speight

ANNEXTECH PARTNERS
Terik Tidwell

Terik Tidwell

JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY
Desmond-Wiggan

Desmond Wiggan

BATTERYXCHANGE
Shannon Baylor-Henderson

Shannon Baylor-Henderson

Content Commanders
Dee McDougal

Dee McDougal

Capco
Kevin-J-Price

Kevin Price

NC INSTITUTE OF MINORITY ECON. DEV.
Doug Speight

Doug Speight

ANNEXTECH PARTNERS
Terik Tidwell

Terik Tidwell

JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY
Desmond-Wiggan

Desmond Wiggan

BATTERYXCHANGE
council members
Nikita Allen

Nikita Allen

GROWMETIX (CHARLOTTE)
Katrece Boyd

Katrece Boyd

SBTDC (RALEIGH)
Spencer Disher

Spencer Disher

CHARLOTTE ANGEL FUND (CHARLOTTE)
Jerry Edmonds

Jerry Edmonds III, Ed. D

VANCE-GRANVILLE CC (HENDERSON)
Ijeoma Emeka

Ijeoma Emeka

BANK OF AMERICA (CHARLOTTE)
Perry-Harker

Perry Harker

CARTERET CC (BEAUFORT)
Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris

UNC, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (CHAPEL HILL)
Tonya Lynch

Tonya Lynch

THE BLACK LIGHT PROJECT (GREENVILLE)
Alyssa Martina

Alyssa Martina

DOHERTY CENTER (ELON)
Gerry McCants

Gerry McCants

MCCANTS, LLC (GREENSBORO)
Dana Newell

Dana Newell

BENTONNEWELL COMM. (GREENVILLE)
Karl Ricanek

Karl Ricanek

LAPETUS SOLUTIONS INC. (WILMINGTON)
Kristi Tally

Kristi Tally

KD7 ENTERPRISES INC. (RALEIGH)
Ray Trapp

Ray Trapp

RESEARCH TRIANGLE FOUNDATION (RTP)
Iesha Usher

Iesha Usher

SMIILE (GREENSBORO)
Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

Charlotte Area Fund Inc. (CHARLOTTE)
Nikita Allen

Nikita Allen

GROWMETIX (CHARLOTTE)
Katrece Boyd

Katrece Boyd

SBTDC (RALEIGH)
Spencer Disher

Spencer Disher

CHARLOTTE ANGEL FUND (CHARLOTTE)
Jerry Edmonds

Jerry Edmonds III, Ed. D

VANCE-GRANVILLE CC (HENDERSON)
Ijeoma Emeka

Ijeoma Emeka

BANK OF AMERICA (CHARLOTTE)
Perry-Harker-fixed

Perry Harker

CARTERET CC (BEAUFORT)
Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris

UNC, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (CHAPEL HILL)
Tonya Lynch

Tonya Lynch

THE BLACK LIGHT PROJECT (GREENVILLE)
Alyssa Martina

Alyssa Martina

DOHERTY CENTER (ELON)
Gerry McCants

Gerry McCants

MCCANTS, LLC (GREENSBORO)
Dana Newell

Dana Newell

BENTONNEWELL COMM. (GREENVILLE)
Karl Ricanek

Karl Ricanek

LAPETUS SOLUTIONS INC. (WILMINGTON)
Kristi Tally

Kristi Tally

KD7 ENTERPRISES INC. (RALEIGH)
Ray Trapp

Ray Trapp

RESEARCH TRIANGLE FOUNDATION (RTP)
Iesha Usher

Iesha Usher

SMIILE (GREENSBORO)
Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

Charlotte Area Fund Inc. (CHARLOTTE)