SUCCESS STORY: Lain Consulting LLC

By Nick Economou, SBTDC-PTAC counselor at UNC-Charlotte

Lain Consulting LLC is an award winning, full service consulting firm specializing in establishing the nonprofit, nonprofit management consulting, small business certification services and government contracting. Established in 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina by its owner and Chief Visionary Architect, LaPronda Spann, the company has been successful in the procurement of over $1.7 million in grants and contracts from public and private foundations and local government for local and regional clients as well as the company.

Since 2010, the Charlotte PTAC has worked with LaPronda in her transition from Corporate America into the company full-time, initially through the Kaufman’s New Ventures FastTrac Entrepreneurship Program. In 2012, Lain Consulting LLC became fully operational as a full-time, full service consulting firm and began pursuing Minority and Woman Owned Business certifications and government contracts. From 2013-2015, Lain Consulting has received certifications as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the NC Department of Transportation (DOT); Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the Statewide Uniform Certification Program of NC; Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF) with the NC DOT; and a Section 3 Business Concern with the Charlotte Housing Authority. In 2013, Lain Consulting partnered with a Service Disabled Veteran Small Business and landed a contract with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) in the City of Charlotte.

On May 1, 2014, Lain Consulting LLC was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at its Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony.

Other notable accomplishments of the company and LaPronda include:

  • 2016 Rising Star Award, Women’s Business Center of North Carolina (SBA Program)
  • 2015 graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 36
  • 2014 Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award
  • 2014 Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence Business Accelerator Program

In 2016, LaPronda approached Nick Economou, NC PTAC Counselor in the Charlotte regional office to assist with pricing strategies for a subcontract on the Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Disparity Study with the City of Charlotte’s Business Inclusion Program. More specifically, according to LaPronda, “Nick was very helpful in providing online tools, resources and documentation to guide me through the process of pricing based on my background, experience, education and the role that was proposed in the project as a subconsultant.” LaPronda was successfully awarded the contract and now serves as the Information and Engagement Expert for the City of Charlotte’s MWBE Disparity Study.

For more information on Lain Consulting LLC, visit the company’s website at

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