Mentorship Podcast

Join our hosts as they bring on panelists from Charlotte’s local business community to talk about how the landscape has been impacted over the past year. They also share lessons learned while pivoting through COVID-19 and hopes for a brighter future.





RENEW Training Program

The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas, will provide 13-week classes that teach basic skills for the HVAC and Electrical industry and work to place graduates in successful full-time employment opportunities.





Through two incentive programs: Business Investment Grant and Opportunity Hiring Grant, businesses will be able to receive support to help offset the financial commitment associated with growing your business.




Economic Development Impact Report

Our impact report details the accomplishments that the City of Charlotte’s Economic Development department has achieved since its restructuring in 2018 – successes that continue to shape the future of Charlotte.




Access to Capital Grant Recipient List

View the small business and food and beverage grant recipients.

Open For Business Directory

The City of Charlotte Small business network is more than 10,000 strong.

Add your small business to the Open for Business directory to have your information displayed on the Open for Business website and receive notifications when new access to capital opportunities and resources are available.


Charlotte Business News

To keep up with business in Charlotte, read our blog.

August 4, 2021

OFB Success Story: Road to Hire

In 2013, Road to Hire began helping Charlotte high school seniors, college students, and young professionals gain valuable education and experience to land jobs in the tech field. In the midst of the pandemic, through the Workforce Partner Support Grant, Road 2 Hire was able to fund a technology training cohort for 50 residents who were economically impacted by COVID-19.

July 29, 2021

OFB: RevTech Labs

Founded in 2012, RevTech Labs provides technology startup companies a community of mentors and connections to grow their businesses. When they began experiencing a significant decrease in revenue due to COVID-19, they looked to outside funding to continue offering its services to entrepreneurs working toward growth and success.

July 15, 2021

OFB Success Story: The Academy of Goal Achievers

With a mission of developing youth leaders to impact communities while preparing youth and families for post-secondary success, The Academy of Goal Achievers (TAGA) was forced to find new and innovative ways to deliver services during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

July 9, 2021

OFB Success Story: Global Vocational Training Center

The Global Vocational Training Center (GVTC) is passionate about empowering a distressed community. With a focus on creating pathways to employment for adolescents and adults through skills training and life learning opportunities, GVTC was determined to still help those in need despite their own financial challenges due to COVID-19.

July 2, 2021

OFB Success Story: City Startup Labs

City Startup Labs (CSL) works hard to close the entrepreneurial divide for young black men and women in the Charlotte community who are often marginalized and don’t have resources to start their own businesses.

June 21, 2021

OFB Success Story: IMEK Studios

Kevin Taylor, owner of IMEK Studios in Charlotte shares the value of community involvement, especially as a business owner, and how he remained focused on community when he had to pivot during the pandemic.


Partner Resources

City of Charlotte partners and supporting agencies have resources to help small business owners get back to business.

Mecklenburg County Small Business Toolkit

The COVID-19 Business Toolkit features printable signs, in both English and Spanish, for small businesses to display for their customers.

Count on Me NC

Count On Me NC is a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

Welcome to the Open for Business Website

The City of Charlotte is supporting small businesses through COVID-19 recovery.

The Open for Business platform is a resource for Charlotte small business owners to help them withstand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. By providing access to capital and other resources, the program is intended to help businesses survive the recovery phase of the pandemic and help prepare businesses to thrive in a post-pandemic future.

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