AMP UP Charlotte Program Overview

Once connected, business owners have this revelation: “I don’t have to be alone.” As a participant, you’ll be surrounded by CEOs, like you, who will become your trusted advisors. There is also an alumni group of CEOs, living around the country, for you to connect with for advice and business opportunities.
The City of Charlotte brings you the AMP UP Charlotte program, powered by Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum. This hands-on program provides the knowledge and know-how business owners need to create (and manage) a customized, three-year strategic growth plan.
Prepare for opportunities with government and anchor institutions, and learn from experts in the field of both public and private lending. Preparation for contracting success is a unique feature of the StreetWise 'MBA'™
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  • 64% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 21%.
  • 80% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • $526 million in government contracting secured by alumni businesses.
  • 67% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 32% doing business with each other.
  • 63% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.

  • Ethnic minority business owner with 51% or greater ownership of the business
  • $175,000+ in annual revenues 
  • One other employee besides the owner(s) 
  • Been in business for at least 2 years

Accelerate. Motivate. Propel.

View our eligibility requirements below.


Are you ready to UP your business to the next level, but not sure how to get there? Get the business knowledge, management know-how, and networks you need to propel your small business. Accelerate your business to increase your revenue, create jobs, and positively impact your community.  


"Being a part of AMP Up means receiving the peer support that all business owners need and learning to not only network together but collectively learn from one another’s successes and failures.” 
“AMP us has given me the time to take a step back from the day to day operations of the business to put together a strategic growth plan. The connections and relationships built within the program are invaluable!” 

Tracei D. Ball MD
Charlotte '19

OnCall Mobile Medical and Wellness

Reena Powers
Charlotte '19

S&B Computer and Office Products, Inc.



The City of Charlotte, in partnership with AvidXchange, is hosting the fourth AMP Up Cohort to help Charlotte owned small business amplify their business model.  

"This program is challenging and rewarding, where you can see the instant changes as you apply the techniques and skills that are taught in every class. You can visually and physically see the changes immediately, which is "Impressive", and makes you realize you are in the right place to help see your goals become a reality.”
“The cobbler's kids have no shoes. Sometimes we put the needs of our businesses lower on the totem pole because of the amount of work we do for our clients and other responsibilities.  I knew there would be a level of accountability, restructuring and strategic planning required of me in this program that I could not escape. The timing is perfect, and I'm eager to perfect my growth plan with the guidance of the curriculum, our amazing instructor, and the support of my classmates.”

Dr. LaTanya Bowman
Charlotte '18

Discovery Chiropractic 
& Wellness Center

Tya Bolton
Charlotte '18

Divinity Affairs

"AMP Up has provided a wealth of knowledge and a road map to success!.” 
“I am more confident that I am capable of applying all that I have learned and see my company grow and surpass the goals set for the next 3 years.” 

Div Bhingradia
Charlotte '19

Fastsigns Mooresville

Maria Camacho, 
Charlotte '19

CS Plumbing, Inc.

Basic Eligibility Requirements 

National Program Results
Based on 2019 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

"The courses are so in-depth and leave you wanting to learn more.  We are leaving with a growth plan that will be reviewed and vetted by peers and mentors.  This program gives us tools to add to our toolbox!” 
“Even with the current challenges due to COVID pandemic, the virtual learning has proven to be effective The course content is very apt for small business and it is giving us right information to get ready for taking the business to next stage.” 

Robert Grooms
Charlotte '21

Queen Boss Construction, LLC 

Aparna Padhye 
Charlotte '21

Marathi Masala