Thrive High Point: Minority Entrepreneurship Initiative is a new program offering of Business High Point: Chamber of Commerce, formally launching fall 2021. High Point, NC has a diverse population of business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Thrive has been developed to support the broad needs of minority and women-owned businesses in the city.

    The concept for the program originated from the High Point Equity Project. Launched in Summer 2021, the High Point Equity Project is a sustainable course of action that supports the growth and development of minority-owned and economically challenged businesses in the City of High Point through the provision of non-traditional business financing, technical assistance, entrepreneurial mentorship, and business coaching.

    Several new partnerships helped to generate the project’s momentum, starting with High Point University’s $500,000 challenge gift and the High Point Community Foundation’s agreement to act as the fiduciary agent. These commitments prompted a steering committee of local leaders, facilitated by High Point’s social innovation consulting firm Change Often, to identify the National Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute) as the best partner for collaborative programming.

    Through training, counseling, mentorship, and networking, Thrive High Point will be a driving force in enhancing and broadening High Point’s inclusive economic ecosystem


    To empower and engage minority business owners through intentional programming that maximizes their entrepreneurial efforts



    A robust and THRIVING business environment that embodies and embraces the diversity of an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.











    As a new initiative we are actively seeking collaborators and partners. Our stakeholders and partners make the work we do possible!


    High Point University

    Business High Point

    Guilford County 

    High Point Community Foundation

    Congdon Family Foundation

    City of High Point 

    The National Institute for Minority Economic Development

    Change Often, LLC


    Community Partners 

    High Point Discovered 


    If you are interested in partnering and/or collaborating with THRIVE High Point (MEI) please contact L. Lynn Mitchell.




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