Small, minority-owned businesses in Charlotte are making millions of dollars thanks to a citywide program designed to help them grow.
Every morning, workers are on the go at Metro Transportation Services in west Charlotte, hauling freight, supplies and patients.
"We take them to doctor appointments, dialysis or physical therapy," said owner Kendall Taylor.
Taylor said the 25-year-old business didn't boom until he recently received help from a Charlotte program, that pairs small businesses with big corporations that teach the tools to succeed.
"We learned a lot more about cash flow management, about strategic partnerships and how to manage your capacity, because sometimes, the right opportunity at the wrong time could crush you," Taylor said.
The Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative launched in 2011 with 16 businesses. The program is a partnership between by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, Priscilla Wallace said.
During the 18-month program, those small companies won 43 corporate contracts, raked in $12.7 million in revenue and created close to 300 jobs.
Pricilla Wallace oversees the program and said 2013 is proving even better.
"We have already generated revenue of $7.3 million for our business owners in this program and created 125 employment opportunities for this city," she said.
Metro Transportation now works with companies like Carolinas Healthcare and is now getting business outside North Carolina.
"We are in Virginia, very close to closing something in Maryland, and we should be close to getting work in Georgia by the end of the summer," Taylor said.
There are certain rules to participate in this city program. For more information, click here and here.