Success Stories

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LaPronda Spann, Lain Consulting LLC

It was a case of the "horrible bosses" that spurred LaPronda Spann in 2012 to finally turn her side gig into a successful, full-time consulting firm.... Read More...


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Betsy Clark, Diamond Water Construction

 People thought Betsy Clark was crazy to start a construction and engineering company in 2009, in the midst of an economic recession. But Clark... Read More...


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Core Technology Corp. and the Importance of Ownership

Geoff Foster understands the value of ownership. He designed a part for Ford Motor Co. in 1999 while working as an engineer in corporate America. He... Read More...


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Tea and Honey Blends: A Recipe for Success

The Element Beauty Bar in downtown Raleigh hummed with activity. A hairstylist parted and placed rollers in a client's hair as she recounted the... Read More...


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A Swimming Success: Taylor Fish Farm

Valee Taylor knows what it means to swim upstream in business. Taylor operates, along with his sister Renee Stewart and son Jeremy Taylor, one of a... Read More...


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Keaton-Barrow gives back after receiving business assistance

Michelle Keaton-Barrow is a legacy creator. As a realtor and owner of Keaton-Barrow Realty, she and her team provide residential and commercial real... Read More...


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Power of Ten Networking Group finds strength in numbers

In business, as in mathematics, the Power of 10 embodies the idea that there is strength in numbers. The Power of Ten Networking Group began five... Read More...


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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools strives for suppliers as diverse as students

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System believes in serving the holistic needs of the children and communities it serves. This means opening new... Read More...


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Matchmaking yields mutual benefit for Merck and diverse vendors

Success is a two-way street for corporations and the diverse group of suppliers with whom they contract for essential services. For diverse... Read More...


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Women's Business Center client makes final of Super Bowl ad contest

For Barley Labs LLC, it came down to the Final Four. The Durham-based small business that creates all-natural dog treats out of recycled barley from... Read More...


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Matchmaking propels Raleigh business solutions firm

Tim and Sonya Catlett started a business forms and supply company in their basement in 1988. With hard work, persistence and some strategic... Read More...


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Connections and technical assistance propel Greensboro contracting firm

When Cornelious Lamberth first approached NCIMED in 1995, he had two employees and business revenues of ,000.With NCIMED's guidance, Lamberth... Read More...


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Lifelong entrepreneur succeeds in non-traditional industry

Traci Williams is an outstanding example of women leading the way in non-traditional industries. The owner of Crescent Construction Services Inc.... Read More...