High Impact Investing for an Equitable Charlotte

Our strategic approach bridges the gap in funding, fostering economic growth and opportunity within Charlotte’s underinvested communities.

Our Strategy

We believe that CLT Impact Investors’ strategy represents an opportunity to both create sizable impact within our community while generating outsized returns.


Our strategy has identified a narrow focus within and beyond the Charlotte region, targeting areas with gaps in investment funding and clear pathways to sizable returns within underinvested communities.

Experienced investors

The team has decades worth of experience identifying, executing, and exiting successful investment opportunities.

A Process That Works

The leadership team has established a clear framework to identify, execute, and monitor opportunities.

Non-profit organization

As a non-profit, the contributed capital from the Founding Team and additional donors, and the investment gains realized, will be perpetually recycled into additional deals.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA)

Entrepreneurship doesn’t always start from scratch. Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition offers a viable route to business ownership. With over 10 million small businesses poised for sale in the coming decades, the opportunity to acquire, build, and grow or maintain a thriving business is immense. Whether your goal is to acquire and grow a business or steward a well-established entity, CLT Impact Investors is here to support you. Our approach is flexible and aligned with your vision, tailoring our support to meet your objectives.

Opportunities for Acquisition

In an era where innovation is celebrated, the value of existing small businesses, especially those with under $1M EBITDA, should not be underestimated. These enterprises represent not just financial investments but opportunities  to foster community ties, create jobs, and drive local economies. At CLT Impact Investors, we specialize in identifying these promising ventures and aligning them with visionary entrepreneurs ready to lead them into the future.

For Investors and Corporate Sponsors

Our model is designed to be evergreen, reinvesting returns into future investments, perpetuating a cycle of growth and impact. We invite investors and corporate sponsors who share our vision of a more inclusive business world to join us. Your support enables us to empower more underrepresented entrepreneurs, fostering a diverse and vibrant economic ecosystem.

$4.4 Trillion Potential: Underrepresented Entrepreneurs' Economic Impact

Businesses owned by underrepresented entrepreneurs can add $4.4 trillion to the U.S. economy, highlighting the need to close the equity gap.

ETA Success Rate: 90%+ vs. 25-30% for VC Startups

ETA-backed businesses thrive with a success rate over 90%, compared to 25-30% for venture capital-funded startups.

Small Businesses: 44% of Economic Activity, Two-Thirds of New Jobs

Small businesses drive 44% of U.S. economic activity and create two-thirds of new jobs.

60% of Small Businesses Lack Succession Plans: ETA Opportunity

60% of small business owners lack formal succession plans, presenting a major opportunity for Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA).


Join Us Whether you are an underrepresented entrepreneur seeking growth opportunities, a business owner contemplating the sale of your enterprise, or an investor or sponsor passionate about social impact, CLT Impact Investors is more than an investment firm—we are a community committed to transforming the business landscape through inclusivity, opportunity, and empowerment.

Together, we can bridge the wealth gap and create a legacy of success and societal progress.

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