Last Chance to Apply for Small Music Venue Grants Coming Fast

Similar to COVID survival grants made available to independently owned restaurants Q-Notes reported on last month, The Live Music Society is accepting applications for its next round of grants for 2022, although the closeout date is coming up fast: October 20. The Live Music Society launched its first round of relief efforts in the fall…

Mecklenburg Approves NDO to protect LGBTQ people

Reprinted with permission from The Charlotte Observer Mecklenburg County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday an expansion to the county’s nondiscrimination ordinance to protect LGBTQ people and people who wear natural hair styles — a major development in a years-long battle over gay and transgender rights in North Carolina. The ordinance prohibits discrimination for those newly protected groups at employers of…

Mecklenburg may add employment, other protections for LGBTQ residents

Reprinted with permission from The Charlotte Observer Mecklenburg commissioners will hear public comment and decide between two proposals to expand the county’s nondiscrimination ordinance on Tuesday. One proposal would add job protections at small businesses for LGBTQ+ employees and workers that wear their hair naturally. The other would apply expanded nondiscrimination law to businesses of all sizes.An…

$2 Mil in Grants Aimed at LGBTQ and Allied Restaurants

America’s vulnerable LGBTQ-owned restaurants and bars serving food will find a vital lifeline this fall stemming from the partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Grubhub. These small business owners have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with loss of jobs and income over the past two years.…

Bob Page Recognized for Community Commitment by Governor Cooper

Bob Page is a successful gay businessman and respected philanthropist. He’s particularly well known in North Carolina for his dedication to LGBTQ causes and continuing support of the community. Nationally, he’s the face of Replacements. Ltd., a McLeansville, North Carolina, company that specializes in hard-to-find and vintage dinnerware. Outside of the business, he’s a much-respected…

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