Jan 26, 2010 Mayor Anthony Foxx named members of his Small Business Opportunities Task Force, a City Council approved citizen group that will review the City’s Small Business Opportunities Program.
“Today, I announce appointments to the Small Business Opportunities Task Force. During these economic conditions, it is imperative that we support the entrepreneurship and continuity of our small business community,” Mayor Foxx said. “I am confident in the expertise of these Task Force members to identify ways to strengthen Small Business Enterprise utilization through the City’s procurement processes. Additionally, I am interested in hearing this group’s thoughts on strategies to promote small business growth.”
Michelle Fish, Chief Executive Officer of Integra Staffing & Search, will chair the group. Julius Chambers, Attorney and Founding Partner of Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, P.A., will serve as co-chair.
Other members of the Small Business Opportunities Task Force include:
- Bob Bertges, Corporate Properties Director, Wachovia ‘A Wells Fargo Company’
- Wesley Carter, Publisher, Working Charlotte
- Ki-Hyun (Kenny) Chun, Chief Executive Officer, Chun Group, Inc.
- Bob Hambright, Southeast Division President and Chief Executive Officer, Balfour Beatty Construction
- Laurie Leonard, President, Suite 1000
- Scott Lilly, Vice President, Lil Associates, Inc.
- Brandon Lofton, Attorney, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
- George McAllister, Regional Director, North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center
- Sheila Neisler, Principal, Catalyst Consulting
- Thomas Price, Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
- Louis Romero, President, Network Cabling Systems, Inc.
- Terry Thorson Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Innovation and Growth Council
- Keva Walton, Senior Vice President, Member Value, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
The City’s Small Business Opportunities Program began in 2003, seeking to enhance competition in City contracting and promote economic growth and development in the Charlotte Regional Area. There are currently 794 City-certified Small Business Enterprises.
The Charlotte City Council approved the formation of the Small Business Opportunities Task Force on December 14, 2009.