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BUSINESS

SHOWERS

Business Showers is a non-profit based in Charlotte, NC that was created during a worldwide pandemic, in response to the growing demand for businesses to launch as so many were closing. Freedom In Me took action to give back to our community in hopes of helping to build an economy even stronger than before.

HOW WE DO IT!

Freedom In Me partners with our community to identify and host Business Showers to startup businesses and non-profits. This non-profit in-kind, community giving program is designed to connect new businesses to people and resources. 

Some of the most promising entrepreneurs apply and are interviewed against program criteria and qualifications. The top candidates from 100+ interviews become finalists in the Business Shower Program.  The finalists then compete for twelve weeks of no-cost small business training; where they learn how to write and compile a fund-ready business plan.  At the end of twelve weeks, all finalists are expected to have a well-written and compiled business plan to pitch.  A board of professionals is selected from various industries (banking, investing, finance, etc) to hear the pitches and then score the finalists for their business concept, development, and readiness to go forward in business.  The finalists with the highest scores receive a “Business Shower”

 

Some things that we gift these businesses include but, are not limited to: Comprehensive Business Coaching, Marketing Support, website development, industry specific materials, logos, legal entity filing fees, ect and so much more! 

Our Mission- To increase the success rate for small business owners within the first 1-3 years of business, by combating the lack of training, resources, marketing, and no management team.  Vision:

New businesses are connected to people and resources. Small businesses that were supported by the Freedom In Me Business Shower Program are stimulating the economy, socially connecting, giving back to their communities, and creating a strong workforce through job opportunities.

 

It is our hope that by "gifting" rising entrepreneurs the skills and services needed for a solid foundation, we will build stronger and more financially sound communities.  Small businesses are successful far beyond three years in business because the community is coming together to create new opportunities for each other, and our families; and, are positive contributors to our society through business.

WANT TO SUPPORT?

Business showers is only made possible through generous financial sponsors, grants when available and

business owners who offer their time and service.  Can you write grants? Create business plans? Build websites or design logos?   We are always looking for help  in these areas and more.   Additionally, we need financial sponsors..  Email us how you’d like to support. Or, click the donate now button to send your gift.  No amount is too small. 

WANT TO BE A PART OF THE COMMITTEE?

Volunteer/ Committee Interest Form

Please fill out the following form if you are interested in being a part of business shower committee.

Thanks for submitting!

Business shower highlights

Alexua McDougal

Founder/CEO

Location: Charlotte, NC

Business Shower Value:  $2500+

Recipient Date: October, 2020 

Business Name: Courage 2 Bee

Business Type: Motivational Speaking and Inspirational Clothing line.

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Tiffany Daniel

Visionary/

Location: Baltimore, MD

Business Shower Value: $3000+

Business Type: Veteran owned

Health and Wellness 

Recipient Date: December, 2020

 

Business Name: CTL DOM group

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SPONSORS SHOWCASE

Diamond Level Partner

Charlotte, NC

Silver Level Partner

Mooresville, NC

Bronze Level Partner

Charlotte, NC

Freedom In Me Partner

Mooresville, NC

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Freedom In Me Partner

Mooresville, NC

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register to be on the waitlist for the 2023 finalist cohort

 

FAQ

Q: Do I have to be in Charlotte, NC to receive a business shower?

A:  No. Most of our showers are virtual so as long as you reside within the United States you can be showered. We will have our next in person shower on July 23rd, 2022. Out of state entrepreneurs can apply, but are responsible for their own travel.

 

Q: I am a minor but I have a business, can I get a business shower?

A: We love our kidprenuers, however at this time we are only offering services to adults 18yrs an older.   We will have a special Kidprenuer business shower in 2022.

 

Q: I am not a new business, but I need help.  Do I qualify for a business shower?

A: At this time, business showers are only available for new businesses or non-profits who have not yet launched or have launched and is 1 year or less in business. If you have a legal entity but have not officially launched you will need to provide proof of your first date of business.

 

Q: If I do not get selected for the next business shower, can I apply again?

A: Absolutely and we encourage it!  If it’s within 60 days, you will automatically be considered for the next shower. 

Q: Does this cost me any money?

A: At this time it is completely free.  Our honorees give back in time, service or donations.