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.

January 19, 2021

OFB Success Story: Training to Work an Industry Niche

When the COVID-19 outbreak started, Training to Work an Industry Niche pivoted operations. Training to Work an Industry Niche (TWIN) provides training programs to support workforce development initiatives within local communities, but the non-profit organization was forced to pivot its plans in early 2020. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, TWIN lost revenue because […]

December 17, 2020

OFB Success Story: Vito’s Pizza Truck

Family is everything. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s the reason we go to work every day, and for Jonathan Neighbors, owner of Vito’s Pizza Truck, family is the reason he’s an entrepreneur. “I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia,” Neighbors says. “My grandfather launched the first Vito’s Pizza there in 1993. […]

October 26, 2020

OFB Success Story: Enat Ethiopian

Tehetina “Tina” Tedla, owner of Enat Ethiopian, says she wants to do more than share the delicious food her mother cooked for her family and friends growing up, she also wants to introduce her culture to the Charlotte area.

October 16, 2020

OFB Success Story: Daily Mews Cat Cafe

Passion is something that Andy and Tamara Leicester, owners of Daily Mews Cat Cafe on Monroe Road in Charlotte, have in droves. Or in their case, colonies.

October 9, 2020

OFB Success Story: CLT Find

Local retailer supports homegrown artists and “makers”

October 5, 2020

OFB Success Story: NC Music Center

To help spread the joy and rewards of music, NC Music Center on Monroe Road will soon be offering free online lessons for beginners. 


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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