Belk College named educational partner for Charlotte Business Group

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Networking partnership comes as college launches online MBA.

UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business has been named the exclusive educational partner for the Charlotte Business Group, the largest professional networking organization in the Charlotte region. 

Through the partnership, Belk College students and alumni will receive discounted memberships to attend networking events with the opportunity to get in front of thousands of business professionals. 

In addition, students who are part of the first cohort of Charlotte’s new professional online MBA program are eligible to receive complimentary CBG memberships for their first semester. 

“As the Belk College expands our course offerings this fall, we want to offer students in our new online MBA program membership in the Charlotte Business Group. Membership in CBG creates unique opportunities for our students to network with business professionals in different industries,” said Reggie Silver, associate dean for graduate programs and executive education for the Belk College of Business. “The Charlotte Business Group, with its growing reach not only in Charlotte but in the Triangle and Charleston regions, creates the opportunity for our students to meet with business professionals at locations that are convenient to them.” 

Through the partnership, CBG members also will receive access to educational programs through UNC Charlotte, including invitations to Belk College events and access to professional development opportunities through the School of Professional Studies

In addition, there will be two Belk College-hosted CBG events during the 2022-23 academic year.

“We’re excited about this new partnership, which will provide opportunities not only for Charlotte Business Group members but for Belk College of Business students and alumni across the Carolinas,” said Robert Hackney, founder and president of CBG. “Supporting the Charlotte region’s public university fits right in with our mission of philanthropy, professional development and personal growth.”

Through the partnership, Belk College students and the college’s more than 35,000 alumni will receive discounted memberships to CBG, which will provide them access to a growing number of networking events in the Charlotte region and also in Raleigh-Durham and Charleston, South Carolina, through CBG affiliate programs. 

CBG, with more than 3,000 members, offers more than 100 events per year. 

ZDNet recently ranked the Charlotte region the No. 3 best city in the nation for MBA graduates, noting organizations such as CBG that support business professionals. 

To meet the growing demand for professionals with advanced skills, the Belk College will launch a fully online MBA in August with a choice of technology-focused concentrations.

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.

About the Charlotte Business Group

The Charlotte Business Group was founded on the principles of philanthropy, professional development and personal growth. CBG is the largest, premier professional network and advocacy organization in the Charlotte region and welcomes you to be a part of the organization's growing success.