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Charlotte Black Owned

Supporting Black-owned businesses is a movement, not a moment. 

CLT Black Owned (CBO) is Charlotte's leading platform for the inclusion, support, and stabilization of Black-owned businesses. The social good company is the local expert in black-owned and the door to the black audience in the Charlotte market.


CBO began in 2020 by a group of millennial friends, originally from Charlotte, who wanted to make a change in the city. While watching the city's growth over several years including the banking, hospitality and retail industries, they also saw an expanding gap in representation of Black-owned businesses. 


After launching in June 2020, CBO quickly gained a diverse following of over 30,000 followers on @CLTBlackOwned, which indicated both a desire for this information by consumers and a need for the platform by Black business owners.


Today, COB's mission is to support and stabilize black-owned, link creatives and service providers to larger brands, and help companies interact authentically with diverse audience. CBO aims to fill resource gaps for local Black-owned businesses in the areas of funding, financial literacy, collaboration and overall stability. This is accomplished by providing opportunities for consumers to shop local and Black, while simultaneously providing business owners opportunities to collaborate, grow and develop their brand.


CBO helps creatives and entrepreneurs grow by coordinating work with larger brands, corporations, and private companies.


CLT Black Owned exists to highlight, support and increase the visibility of local Black-owned businesses and services ... in every way possible!

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Behind the Work

Meet The Team

They know the Charlotte experience. They ARE the black experience.

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Co-Founder | Marketing and Operations

Ashley Creft

Ashley brings commitment to the organizational structure of CLT Black Owned. From her career as a social worker, Ashley has experience working in large systems and navigating organizational and community processes. Her hope is to bring attention to detail for the initiative, ensuring the team rolls out timely and organized efforts that are easy to navigate for both followers and business owners.


Ashley is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University ('14, Bachelor of Social Work) and a graduate of University of South Carolina- Columbia ('16, Master of Social Work). Ashley has experience in both health and mental health settings. 

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Co-Founder | Partnerships and Special Projects

Madeline Holly-Carothers

Maddy brings a passion for community to the CLT Black Owned team. With a wealth of partnership and community engagement knowledge from her career as a social worker, Maddy's hope is to bring longevity to the CLT Black Owned initiative through developing impactful partnerships and the Black business community. Maddy empowers the vision of CLT Black Owned through her creativity and innovative ideas.


Maddy is a graduate of Winston Salem State University ('15, Bachelor of Social Work) and a graduate of University of South Carolina- Columiba ('16, Master of Social Work). Maddy has experience in community, non-profit and public education.

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Co-Founder | Business Support 

Jeremy Curbeam

Jeremy brings a dedication for support to the CLT Black Owned team. His deep passion for and knowledge about Charlotte's African-American community powers Jeremy to be fully committed to supporting black-owned. His hope is to make CLT Black Owned a lasting staple in the community that creates meaningful impact for Black business owners. 


Jeremy will be graduating from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology (and a double minor in Public Health and Africana Studies). Jeremy has experience in aviation/airline services.  

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Co-Founder | Business Support 

Jeff Carothers

Jeff brings relationship building to the CLT Black Owned team. No stranger to hard work from his previous career in management, Jeff's speciality is in building relationships. His hope for CLT Black Owned is to empower businesses by getting to know the business owners and their unique needs, then leveraging the CLT Black Owned network to meet those needs.


Jeff is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University ('15, Bachelor of Science in Sport Management). Jeff has corporate and management experience.

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