We support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh, by providing access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.
We welcome all applications on a rolling basis so please apply today. We will contact you directly from your application when we start planning interviews for the next class!
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Access to Small Loans
Who We Are
Created by the North Raleigh Rotary Club, LaunchRALEIGH strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources.
Our program is modeled after LaunchDETROIT, a successful community building program created in 2013 by Rotary leaders in Detroit.
We are a community service and global humanitarian organization located in over 200 countries. Since 1905 Rotarians have attracted business leaders, leaders of non-profits and service focused volunteers. We do projects in our community and around the world and exchange ideas on how we can make an impact.
Our club is made up of 60 men and women who join together to serve our community and have fun. We often work in conjunction with 46 other local clubs across 10 counties forming Rotary District 7710. Across the world there are 1.2 million friends and neighbors who proudly call themselves Rotarians.
We serve people stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty by connecting families and neighborhoods to resources and opportunities. For over 25 years we have been developing anti-poverty strategies in Wake County. Whether we’re helping a struggling family with affordable housing or an addict with recovery, our approach is the same. We meet people where they are and provide them with the resources necessary to gain economic sustainability.
A Raleigh Initiative
Our network of local partners in Raleigh provides a broad network of support and resources for our entrepreneurs.
Information Sessions & Interviews
July 30, 6PM - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, 444 S. Blount St, Suite 115B
August 1, 6PM - HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St.
August 6, 6PM - Martin Street Baptist Church, 1005 E. Martin St., Family Life Center
August 8, 6PM - Saint Augustine's University, 1315 Oakwood Ave., Prezell Robinson Library, Room 104
August 12-23, 2019
Class Schedule & Graduation
Sept thru Nov weekly classes on Tuesday nights at Shaw University
December 3, 2019
Ready to Join the Next LaunchRALEIGH Class?
We're looking to partner with current small business owners who would benefit from the combination of business and financial resources that LaunchRALEIGH provides. Entrepreneurs with great new business ideas will also be considered.
Interested in being a mentor?
Having a successful mentor relationship can play a critical role in the future success of our students, and can be extremely fulfilling for the mentor. Learn more about the role and mentorship opportunity with LaunchRALEIGH.
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