Welcome to Channel, an inclusive small business center for minority entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.
We are a dedicated team of professionals committed to empowering and supporting entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Led by our Director, Chakema Clinton-Quintana, our center was launched by Live Oak Bank with a mission to elevate and foster a thriving community of diverse entrepreneurs who scale into job creation through learning and development. We’re dedicated to the doers and work to celebrate the invaluable contributions of minority entrepreneurs throughout the region. We believe that diverse leadership is not only essential for our community but a critical catalyst for economic growth.
Our certified Business Advisor, Atiba Johnson, provides expert guidance, personalized strategies, mentorship, and accountability to help you navigate the challenges of starting and growing a business. Our team brings a wealth of knowledge and decades of experience, ensuring that you receive the support you need to achieve your goals.
Our Customer Service Coordinator is your go-to person for any inquiries, scheduling appointments, and ensuring a seamless experience during your interactions with us. They are dedicated to delivering exceptional service and making your journey with us as smooth as possible.
Live Oak Bank invested in Channel to help remove barriers to entry for the new majority. It’s with that focus that our team, learning programs, community support systems, and facility have been designed. Diversified economies are stronger and more resilient, leading to a pipeline of healthy businesses Live Oak is eager to serve. At Channel, you’ll always find an inclusive and nurturing environment where minority entrepreneurs can connect, collaborate, and thrive.
Director of Channel
A passionate advocate for business, leader in the community, and entrepreneur, Chakema has what it takes to build a stronger ecosystem for minority business owners in the Cape Fear region. From conception to launch, Chakema has put empathy and authenticity at the center of Channel’s culture. Her background in banking, regulatory compliance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration has allowed her to foster a community of exceptional service providers and an even broader network of trusted partners.
Atiba Johnson, CPBA
Atiba is not only the life of every party, but an exceptional Certified Business Advisor. Our clients work one-on-one with Atiba to leverage his experience as a serial entrepreneur and extensive technical training. He personally understands how critical it is to anticipate risk, map every resource, and explore each opportunity. A Wilmingtonian by birth, Atiba’s leadership shines brightest when building up others. He’s committed his focus, energy, and career to supporting minority owned businesses and we think you’ll be able to tell.
Client Service Coordinator
Briana is a Wilmington native who recently moved back to the area after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winston Salem State University. A small business owner herself, Briana has a passion for helping others thrive by providing the tools they need to succeed. At Channel, she coordinates event production, schedules appointments, and connects clients with the resources they need to take the next step. She’s likely the first face you’ll see when you come by, and a fantastic accountability partner.