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.

March 2, 2021

OFB Success Story: Carolinas Aviation Museum

The unpredictability of COVID-19 forced Carolinas Aviation Museum to re-think its operations. Their big plans to launch a $20 million Capital Campaign in March 2020 was quickly put on hold when COVID-19 hit, resulting in a major loss. Despite the economic challenges, the organization was determined to adapt and keep its impactful education programs running.

February 19, 2021

OFB Success Story: Tech Talent South

Tech Talent South (TTS), a women-owned tech recruitment, training, and staffing company had 48 hours to pivot from their in-person training environment to virtual training to ensure a seamless experience for all participants and hiring partners.

February 9, 2021

OFB Success Story: Center For Community Transitions

Center For Community Transitions (CCT) experienced significant disruptions to its operations during the global pandemic, nonetheless, the non-profit organization did everything it could to continue helping people with criminal records and their families find a healthier and more productive way of living.

January 29, 2021

OFB Success Story: Beauty Skin Deep

Margaret Wingate and Lesa Wingate, co-owners of Beauty Skin Deep, know the importance of self-care and share how their business shifted during COVID-19.

January 27, 2021

OFB Success Story: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

In spite of COVID-19, CMS worked to find a solution to still give students the resources needed to prepare them for post-secondary education and career opportunities.

January 19, 2021

OFB Success Story: Training to Work an Industry Niche

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.


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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