Belk College of Business MBA and QCity Metro continue business series partnership

Janaki Gooty, director of Charlotte's MBA programs
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Partnership introduces the Charlotte Online MBA and helps support Black business in Charlotte.

Since May of this year, the UNC Charlotte Professional MBA program has partnered with QCity Metro to host Business Matters. This series of virtual discussions shines a spotlight on Charlotte-based experts and entrepreneurs and supports Black business in Charlotte.

Each of the interviews is hosted by QCity Metro columnist and entrepreneurship coach Donna Maria. Her lively spirit helps bring these conversations to life as she delves into a wide variety of business topics with each guest.

The last two installments of this series have recently been posted.

In the penultimate interview, the director of the Charlotte Professional MBA Program, Dr. Janaki Gooty, spoke with Donna Maria about what “leadership” means today, the cause of the “great resignation,” and what makes for a strong MBA candidate.

For the final interview, Donna Maria welcomed local business owner Sonyah Spencer. They discussed Sonyah’s decision to open The Urban Reader bookstore in 2021, the importance of books in everyone’s life, working through personal and professional challenges, and planning for the future.

The first two installments of this series were covered in a previous article, and all of the interviews in the series can now be found on the QCity Metro Business Matters webpage.

Founded in 2008, QCity Metro is one of the nation’s first digital-only news organizations built to serve a local, Black audience, and aims to provide news, information and commentary from a Black perspective.

The program is part of a new series of partnerships for the nationally ranked Charlotte MBA program connected with the launch of the Charlotte online MBA.

The nationally ranked Charlotte Professional MBA, the first and largest program of its kind in the region, has been helping students advance their career for more than 50 years. Students can choose from the part-time evening program or the new fully online Charlotte MBA, which begins in August.

About the Belk College of Business

Established in 1970, UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business is one of the Carolinas’ largest business schools, with more than 5,100 students, more than 100 full-time faculty, and an alumni network of more than 34,000. Accredited by AACSB International, the college is committed to building strong partnerships in the greater Charlotte region and beyond as North Carolina's urban research business school. Learn more about how the Belk College is driving what’s next at, and on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.