The City continues to take part in Wake Tech Community College’s LaunchRALEIGH program. The program provides under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh with access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities. Over the course of the last few years, the program has gained positive traction and momentum in Wake County and has since become LaunchWakeCounty expanding across seven Triangle communities.

Success stories: 

  • Brian Burnett, owner of Glenwood South Tailors and Alterations, learned how to better position and grow his business. Brian is now the official tailor of the NC Supreme Court and spoke at the 2019 State of Downtown Raleigh event.
  • Vickie Sanders, owner of Caring For You Services has increased her revenue by 50% and is now in six counties. She and her son Jamieson Sanders, also a LaunchRALEIGH graduate, were in a recent WTVD 11 spot.
  • Jordan Sanders, owner of The Sixth Man, is building a custom and classic shoe empire working with celebrities and influencers.
  • Sam Tate, owner of Civvis, a legal software services firm participated in two prestigious accelerators including Duke Law Tech Lab and the NexisLexis Legal Tech Accelerator. 



Mark Weldon
Division of Community and Small Business Development 

Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Small Business SupportCommunity and Small Business Development