Thanks to the ingenuity and hard work of VCCS Alum, Ms. Antriece Mitchell, February 27, 2018 has been proclaimed “Breakfast Conversations Small Business Networking Day.”
In her proclamation, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles credits Ms. Mitchell and the Breakfast Conversations network she founded for Charlotte being ranked 2nd in highest growth of small businesses, and North Carolina being ranked the #1 state in America to start a business.
“Since the inception of Breakfast Conversations Business Networking, the event has generated over $750,000 in revenue for small and minority business owners,” states Mayor Lyles. This networking organization “has served small and minority business owners as a grassroots conduit for connecting small and minority businessowners to business opportunities with larger corporations in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina,” she adds. “Ms. Antriece Mitchell, founder of Breakfast Conversations Business Networking, will strategically partner small and minority business owners with business opportunities throughout the state with Fortune 100 to 500 corporations who are willing to outsource their service needs to the small and minority business community,” the proclamation continues.
As a result, annually during the 4th week of February, there will be an opportunity for small and minority business owners and Fortune 100 to 500 companies to come together and bridge the gap of outsourcing their service needs, and on the 4th Tuesday of February, annually, a Breakfast Conversations Business Networking event will be held.
Ms. Mitchell says, “I was inspired by the need, as well as by the constant requests I received. I felt compelled to connect small and minority business owners to corporations, city leaders and business leaders who could offer big business opportunities.” Many business owners have expressed their gratitude. Recently, she was approached by a sponsor who commended her effective approach for business growth and explained it’s even inspiring small businesses to become registered and certified.
Ms. Mitchell is founder of the Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp, which grooms grade school students throughout the region in various facets of television broadcasting – reporting, anchoring, videography and production. She engages students with local television talent who instruct, critique and model industry best practices. Mitchell first began organizing networking forums to showcase Charlotte’s business potential to small and minority business owners from out of state during the CIAA Tournament. Out of that platform she initiated strategy meetings to better identify needs and narrow the gaps between city and county leaders and small and minority business owners. A native Charlottean, Mitchell is a VCCS alumnus and the daughter of Ministers Lonnie Allen (VCCS Middle/High Chef) and Freddie Allen (VCC Business Manager).
Ms. Mitchell has just been nominated for the “2018 50 Most Influential Women Award” by The Mecklenburg Times.