Supporting Small Business in the Queen City

An exclusive cohort of small business owners celebrating and supporting each other in the Queen City

Premier issue launching January 2024

Now Accepting:

Cohort Member Nominations


The CLT100 is an exclusive cohort of small business owners who are "little guys doing big things".

We work diligently to distribute, promote, market, and build networks for each cohort member to grow their business.

In a city known for its big banks, we want to become a community that supports the "local guys".

Each Cohort Member gets:

  • Options for 1-page or 2-page spread in the CLT100 Issue
  • 2-3 professional headshots (for issue and personal use)
  • Professionally written bio and business spotlight to sell their services or products
  • Featured on the website and social media with backlinks to build your authority in the market
  • Distributed throughout the city via Alliance Partnerships
  • Additional sponsorship opportunities for more exposure
  • Regional exclusivity (North, West, East, South Charlotte Regions)
  • Must be local in the Charlotte Metro Area
  • Exclusive invite to all CLT100 events

Cohort Member Options

1-Page Feature

2-Page Feature

Interested in nominating or applying to be a cohort member?

Want to Support the Cohort?

Alliance Partner - FREE!

  • Listed as an Alliance Partner in the issue
  • Multiple copies of the issue for distribution in your business location(s)
  • Exclusive invite to CLT100 events
  • Featured on the Website with a link to your business site
  • Exclusive discounts with all CLT 100 members

Sponsorship - $5000

  • Listed as a sponsor on all emails, registration forms, and photo backgrounds
  • Showcase table at all events
  • 1 page spread in the issue featuring your business as a sponsor
  • Multiple copies of the issue for distribution in your business location(s)
  • Exclusive invite to CLT100 events
  • Featured on the website with link to your business site
  • Exclusive discounts with all CLT 100 members

Want to learn more about becoming an alliance member or sponsor?

Melissa Taylor is a prominent leader in business networking in the Charlotte area. She is laser-focused on coaching professionals to find their voice and grow their career and business through speaking, thought leadership, and networking.

Leslie Cramer started her first business at the age of 16. A third generation Charlottean, she is a Queen City Unicorn. A talented copywriter and business strategist, she works with owners to create depth, personality, and clear messaging in their brand. In a city of big headquarters and modern development, she aims to cultivate diversity and community in Charlotte.

Timeline for 2024 Launch

August 31, 2023
Last day for cohort member to apply

September 15, 2023
Cohort members notified of acceptance

October 2023
Cohort Page-Spreads developed

January 2024
Issue Launch


What kinds of businesses are a good fit for the CLT100?

We promote Charlotte-based businesses with 1-25 employees.

We love growing businesses that create community, friendships, and inclusivity in our area. Whether you own a yarn shop, a finance firm, or a luxury service, we want to help you.

Our hope is that by the end of a year with this cohort, you won’t just have more business, but you’ll have more friends in other business owners as well.

When we work together, we can all succeed. 

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for cohort members need to be submitted by 8/31/23.

When will I notified if I was selected?

Cohort members will be notified by 9/15/23 about the application decision.

What happens if I miss the deadline to be in the CLT100 cohort for 2023?

If you missed the deadline, you can still be involved by joining our Alliance Partnership. This is a FREE opportunity to promote and distribute the CLT100 issue at your business location. Alliance Partners are invited to events and still get the benefits of networking with this exclusive group of business owners. 

What is the deadline to become an Alliance Partner?

You can join as an Alliance Partner at any time and have access to our events. However, if you would like to be listed in the 2023 CLT100 issue, please complete an application by 10/31/23.