Level Up Business Accelerator

Level Up Program LogoSecond cohort coming soon:

Calling all existing business owners.  Are you looking to take your business to the next level? The Level Up program is designed to help you develop a growth strategy to lead to increased revenues and job creation through targeted training and coaching.  Applications will be accepted for the 2023 cohort beginning October 1, 2022.
Interested in learning more before you apply? Register for a free virtual open house on October 6 where you will hear from two of last year’s graduates and the program facilitator.

Is this Program for You?

Our ideal candidates will meet the below eligibility requirements and are ready to work on their business and not just in their business!  This program is for:

  • Owners and CEOs of small businesses operating in Anson and Union counties preferred.
  • Businesses that have been operating for at least 2 years
  • Businesses with one other employee besides the owner
  • Businesses with $125,000+ in annual revenue
  • Those committed to growing their business, actively participating, and can adhere to the program attendance policy

Not sure if this is for you? Participate in the Level Up Virtual Open House to meet the instructor and hear from two graduates from the first cohort of the program.

Program Schedule:

The program kickoff session on January 5th will be virtual and meet for one-hour from 9:15 – 10:15 am.  All other sessions will meet in-person from 9:15 am – 12 pm at the Tyson Center, 3509 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe, NC 28110.

Program Dates:

  • January 5, 19, 26
  • February 2, 16, 23
  • March 2, 16, 23
  • April 6, 20

Applications for the 2023 cohort will be accepted beginning October 1, 2022. Space is limited.


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Program Instructor:

Business Instructor, Matt Villmer

Matt Villmer is a lawyer and the Managing Partner of Villmer Caudill, a law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Matt’s legal practice focuses on new business startup & business law, mediation, and litigation & arbitration. Over the last 13 years, thousands of business owners have sought Matt’s guidance in forming, growing, and selling their businesses.

In addition to the practice of law, Matt loves to help passionate entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level through education and professional growth.  Matt is a regular guest speaker at industry conferences around the U.S., where he teaches others about the use of customer agreements, the importance of having a written contract between co-owners of a business, and other similar topics.  Matt also teaches other attorneys throughout the country about advanced litigation techniques and strategies to prevail in high-stakes lawsuits.  Matt also teaches the next generation of professionals at various undergraduate and graduate institutions.

Local and national media regularly seek Matt’s input on matters of national importance, such as the PPP and EIDL loan programs, class action lawsuits against multi-national businesses committing fraud and environmental harm, and claims against state and local governments for violation of Constitutional rights.  Matt is a previous graduate of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program and the Goldman Sachs/Babson College 10,000 Small Businesses program.

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