Rise Now is more than just a business…

We build up people and communities.

Carl Chadband is a man of many hats. He wears each one with pride and authenticity, honored that he can be an integral part in so many different communities—from business owners to government officials or individuals looking for help on their personal journey through life’s obstacles!

Carl has dedicated his life to fighting for under-served communities and collaborating with others in order to rebuild Black Wall Street. He’s been called upon by many organizations such as Father & Families Coalition, Community Works Charleston WV, Coalfield Development CDC, and Connec Training Corp(2022 ARC Grantee), where he served various roles, including board members.  Carl’s diverse experience in government and non-profit work has made him an invaluable asset to any organization. His passion for equity energizes every project he takes on, from the boardroom down through community engagement programs at local schools or nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable members of our society, such as his work establishing the West Virginia Equity Fund, an organization created to improve the equity of people living on the west side of Charleston and throughout West Virginia.

Carl is a proud father, involved in both his daughter, Ameris’s, and son, KJ’s, sports. He has played an active role in all the teams his kids are involved in. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Krista, since nineteen. Carl is also an active member of several fraternal organizations and community associations: 

  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc
  • Prince Hall Mason Washington Lodge #4
  • National “W” Club Hall of Fame Member inducted 2014
  • Alumnus of WV State University and the President’s Circle
  • Alumnus of Wilmington University

To further help his community, Carl started A Few Good Men to bring together men in the community to support children. He also serves as a mentor in the KUDOS program and sponsors the program financially.

It’s not just about being a business success story. It is important for small businesses and entrepreneurs to be seen as leaders in their communities. Carl has done this through Rise Now by participating or speaking at various round tables, summits, and conferences. He has also served as a part of the Faster Space WV Collaborative, which taught small businesses and entrepreneurs how to obtain and sustain contracts. He continues his work with foundations, funders, and local units of government to leverage resources more efficiently to strengthen families. Carl’s hard work around improving communities was rewarded when he received the White House Community Service award in 2014.

 One of the things that set Carl apart from other community leaders is his ability to see the potential in people and ideas. He is always looking for ways to bring people together to create something new and amazing. If you have an idea that you think could make a difference in your community, don’t hesitate to reach out to Carl. He would love to hear from you!