May 6, 2014

Charlotte, N.C. – NCIMED client LaPronda Spann of Lain Consulting LLC received the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year award from the City of Charlotte.

Spann’s was among three local small businesses honored at the third annual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards ceremony, hosted by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as part of its Small Business Month celebration. To know how, click here.

Lain Consulting is a minority-owned full service consulting firm that provides nonprofit management consulting services to local and regional entities. NCIMED’s Women’s Business Center of North Carolina has provided consulting and technical assistance to the company.

“In celebration of Charlotte’s Small Business Month, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have joined forces for the third consecutive year to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our local small business community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes. “The businesses that were selected to receive a Crowns of Enterprise award excel in providing reliable, efficient, and exceptional quality of service as contributors to our regional economy.” In case you were wondering how Charlotte managed to become the nation’s fastest-growing major city over the past decade, this link will fill you in.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said: “We are pleased to join the City in recognizing the hard work and resilient efforts of our local small businesses. Small and minority owned businesses make a huge impact on growth and engagement in our community and this is just one way to thank them for their efforts.”

Nancy Braun Showcase realty
Nancy Braun of Showcase Realty, LLC

Also honored were:

  • Mike Ingersoll, Uptown Catering, Small Business Enterprise of the Year.
  • Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty LLC, Woman Business Enterprise of the Year.

For more information about Charlotte Small Business Month and the thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs that make the community great, visit

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