Start-up & Growth

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​​Start-Up and Growth

Charlotte’s business community is critical to job cre​ation, innovation, and the promotion of a diverse economic base. Our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development team manages a robust engagement strategy that advocates for the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs, provides networking opportunities, and connects you to resources you may need to help run your business better. Contact us  if you are interested in taking your business to the next level with improved marketing, planning, financial management and customer relations. ​​

 

Charlotte offers the quality of life and supportive infrastructure that small businesses and entrepreneurs need to succeed. Explore Charlotte’s business resources to start, grow and expand your business. 

  • The goal of CharlotteBusinessResources.com​ is to connect you with the information you need to start, operate, and grow a successful business. Regardless of your business stage, you will find useful information.
  • Charlotte has a thriving high-growth entrepreneurial culture to support innovation and increase job creation. Explore the opportunities through the High Growth Entrepreneurship program. 

The City of Charlotte administers several business financial assistance programs to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.

  • The Business Investment Grant  encourages the creation, retention and/or expansion of businesses in identified Investment Zones.
  • The Small Business Mobilization Loan allows the City of Charlotte to assist certified Small Business Enterprises (SBE’s) acquire short term, low rate financing to support their temporary working capital needs as they participate in City of Charlotte projects. 
  • The Charlotte Community Capital Fund is an innovative public/private fund established to assist small businesses with gaining access to capital. The City of Charlotte provides an 85 percent loan guaranty for business loans made by the participating lending partners, Self-Help and The Support Center.

Each City of Charlotte department performs a function to service the City’s citizens either directly or through a supporting role. In order for each department to perform necessary functions, the City of Charlotte purchases goods or services from commercial vendors. 

  • The Charlotte Business INClusion program seeks to enhance competition and participation of small, minority and women-owned firms in City of Charlotte contracting and to promote economic growth and development in Charlotte’s business community.
  • Are you interested in becoming a vendor for the City? Any firm providing a product or service needed for the City to carry out our programming can become a City of Charlotte vendor by registering online.  
  • Doing business with local, state and federal government agencies can lead to new contracts or sales. The Charlotte Business Resources portal  Learn more about those opportunities at CBRBiz.com​.​

Business First Charlotte  is a partnership between the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte Chamber that aims to help businesses located in Charlotte-Mecklenburg grow by connecting them to resources and assisting in problem-solving. We visit business owners to learn first-hand about their everyday problems and help identify solutions to ensure your business thrives in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. During a 30-minute meeting, we will inquire about various aspects of their local operation, including workforce, talent and skill, growth plans and business challenges.