Charlotte Entrepreneurs Raise Economic Impact Awareness

April 14, 2015

Ventureprise, Inc., in partnership with the Business Innovation & Growth Council (BIG) and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, are calling on entrepreneurial leaders to help promote the combined impact their entrepreneurial businesses have had on the Charlotte regional economy. The Urban Institute will gather confidential survey data from high growth companies for inclusion in the inaugural publication of the Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report (CEGR).

BIG launched an Annual Entrepreneurial Index in 2012 led by David Jones, Chairman of Peak 10, which surveyed its membership and regional entrepreneurs for economic impact data. This year’s annual entrepreneurial survey will be expanded through collaboration with vested partners, making greater participation especially impactful.

The new CEGR will include results from this annual survey along with statistical overviews, community feedback, and business success profiles. The CEGR is being funded by the Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) through its Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE). Slated for release in early July, the CEGR will be used in economic development initiatives and for guidance in regional policy.

Terry Cox, President and CEO of BIG, stresses that individual survey data can be submitted anonymously and will be kept strictly confidential with collected data published only as an aggregate summary. To participate, growth stage companies may click this survey link or visit the BIG Council website.

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter is championing a request for high growth companies to participate in this annual survey in support of Charlotte’s High Growth Entrepreneur Strategy. “The CEOs that contribute their data to this survey for inclusion in an expanded growth report are on the front lines of economic development. The survey and CEGR will offer a collaborative voice for how attractive Charlotte is to high growth businesses.”

“The Charlotte region continues to grow through the contributions of our high growth entrepreneurial community,” David Jones notes, “An important part of the region’s economic future is to continue to develop the supporting infrastructure that enables entrepreneurial companies to grow.”

For more information about the survey and how to participate, please contact Eric Caratao at fcaratao@uncc.edu or by calling 704-687-1191.  For general questions regarding this study effort, contact Terry Cox at 704-927-8064 | terry@bigcouncil.com or Paul Wetenhall at 704-687-8057 | Paul.Wetenhall@ventureprise.org.

About Ventureprise

Ventureprise, Inc. is a regional public-private non-profit that supports the commercial success of early-stage, innovation driven entrepreneurs. Through ready-for-business office space located on the campus of UNC Charlotte and comprehensive programs, Ventureprise offers the premier location for inventors, researchers and innovators to come together for business success. With the help of Ventureprise, entrepreneurial companies have the resources they need to accomplish rapid business growth through a supportive, innovative ecosystem made up of community resources, academia and corporations. For more information, visit www.ventureprise.org.

About Business Innovation & Growth Council (BIG)

BIG is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 2006, comprised of like-minded high growth entrepreneurial companies in this region who share similar challenges in growing their businesses. BIG provides education, content, and best practices for a growth oriented company as well as access to resources and capital. The value of BIG is the peer-to-peer exchange that develops from being in the group. For more information, visit www.bigcouncil.com.

About the Urban Institute

The institute is a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region. The institute is part of UNC Charlotte’s Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs, which includes a number of the university’s community engagement initiatives. For more on UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, see http://ui.uncc.edu/

About the Charlotte Entrepreneurial Growth Report (CEGR)

Funded by the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE) the Charlotte Entrepreneurial Growth Report (CEGR) is intended to be a periodic report that will include survey data gathered from high growth, entrepreneurial businesses in the region, along with statistical surveys and business success profiles. The comprehensive report will be used in highlighting the attractiveness of the Charlotte region as a high growth entrepreneurial business hub. The CEGR will also be used in economic development initiatives and for guidance in regional policy.

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Contact:
Terry Cox

o: 704-927-8064

terry@bigcouncil.com