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2015 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards

The Crowns of Enterprise Awards began as a think tank between like-minded small business advocates within the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in May of 2012.  We are now embarking upon our fourth year of recognizing and honoring small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies.  As a collective effort, we strive to acknowledge and display the hard work and resilient efforts of our local small businesses; ultimately, illustrating the positive footprint and economic impact they have on our community.
The 2015 Crowns of Enterprise award ceremony will be held on May 7, 2015 at the Palmer Building from 6pm – 8pm.  During this event we will award one outstanding business in each of the following categories:  Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year, Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year, and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) of the Year.  Each award winner will receive a 2015 Crowns of Enterprise Award, marketing publicity on the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte Business Resources websites and community visibility through numerous social media vehicles.
In efforts of embracing a vision of partnership and collaboration, the Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony not only strives to honor small businesses but to also cultivate an environment that nurtures networking amongst businesses, officials, and government agencies.
We encourage you to attend this remarkable event and join us in celebrating local small businesses that make a huge impact of growth and engagement in our economy and community.

Register for the 2015 Crowns of Enterprise Ceremony here. 


Kenston J. Griffin


Mr. Kenston J. Griffin will serve as the 2015 Crowns of Enterprise event emcee.

Read more about Mr. Griffin and his accomplishments below.  


          Mr. Kenston J. Griffin is one of the nation’s most sought-out keynote speakers, a best-selling author and a top performing trainer and coach. Mr. Griffin is internationally known throughout corporate, education, federal/judicial and non-profit organizations for his award-winning addresses that are not only life-changing, but transformational. Mr. Griffin and the Dream Team’s partial client list includes: National Basketball Association (NBA), Bank of America, Food Lion/Delhaize America, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Belk, Lowes, AXA-Equitable, Hartford Insurance, Novant Health, YMCA of the USA, Federal, State and Local Government, U.S. District Court, 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities from the east coast to the west coast, National Education Association (NEA), and over 50 Public and Charter Schools across the nation.

          Mr. Griffin is a native of Statesville, NC, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. His educational background includes Social Work and Psychology. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Livingstone College and his Master’s Degree, in just one year, from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Griffin is the Founder and CEO of Dream Builders Communication, Inc., which provides training and development in the areas of: Professional/Organization Development, Academic Enhancement/Retention, Leadership Development, Board Development and Peak Performance Coaching. Finally, Mr. Griffin and Dream Builders Communication, Inc.’s aim is to educate across the globe by raising one’s awareness and belief system in every field of human endeavor.