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Equity requires ownership.

requires equity.

Own where your company thrives. Invest in its future.
Let Partners in Equity help close the equity gap.


Who we are

Experienced entrepreneurs and community builders committed to increasing the number of Black and Brown-owned businesses that own the real estate where their companies operate.


What we do

Provide patient capital via equity investments and downpayment assistance to businesses looking to acquire new or preserve existing commercial real estate holdings in North Carolina.


Where we focus

North Carolina focused with the support of investment partners from across the Southeast.

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The PIE solution is a key component of the small business capital stack that provides 
small businesses with a way to own the spaces in which they operate.

The availability and accessibility of cash to put towards a downpayment is often an insurmountable obstacle for minority-led businesses.

PIE provides direct capital (cash) investment into commercial real estate transactions to make owner-occupied commercial real estate deals more bankable. At Opportunity Zone maturity (8-12 years), PIE works with business owners to refinance our position, making the business owner sole-asset holder.

Sample Investment Types:

  • Medical Office

  • Law Office

  • Group Homes

  • Manufacturing

  • Industrial

  • Retail/Restaurant



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Talib Graves-Manns

Serial impact entrepreneur driven to create equitable communities. Former Google Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and Co-Founder of CDFI-backed HBCU Entrepreneurship Center, Knox Street Studios, and Black Wall Street Homecoming.

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Wilson Lester

Lifelong entrepreneur and community developer committed to building partnerships that cultivate and flourish economic ecosystems. Seasoned strategist and leader in community finance, federal program implementation and management.

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Napoleon Wallace

Former NC Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Turnaround CEO, and Serial Entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in Community Development Finance, Philanthropy, Impact Investing, Commercial and Investment Banking.