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Charlotte Small Business Month

Small Business Month is upon us! Each year, the Small Business Administration designates the first week in May as SBA National Small Business Week. Here in Charlotte, we celebrate all month long! The City of Charlotte and its small business resource partners have declared May as Small Business Month with an official proclamation by Mayor Vi Lyles.

Celebrate with us all month long using the hashtag #31DaysofBiz.

Meet our Entrepreneurs

Meet our Entrepreneurs

Video Series

What better way to celebrate Small Business Month than applauding our local small biz heroes? This month, we are showcasing success stories of small businesses propelling our local economy forward.

This spotlight, known as Charlotte’s #31DaysofBiz Video Series, highlights entrepreneurs who garnered local resources to create opportunities for their businesses. To explore last year’s business spotlights and watch 2022’s inspiring stories, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Events Calendar

During Small Business Month, our resource partners celebrate Charlotte’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem with award ceremonies, seminars, networking events, and trade shows. Stay up to date with all of the latest events to grow your small business.

Follow Along On Social Media! 

After two years of connecting virtually, the City of Charlotte’s 6th Annual Small Business Month Kickoff Networking Event returned in person. On May 3, 2022, at a local brewery, we had the opportunity to celebrate this year’s 31 small business spotlights. Thank you for your attendance!

If you missed this networking occasion, don’t fret! We will be sharing everything from grant programs to interactive workshops on the event calendar above. Follow us on social media to be notified of the next opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs.


We also like to find creative ways to reward all your hard work! With the help of our gracious resource partner network and local business incubators, we gave over $30,000 to hundreds of local business owners through our exclusive contests and promotions. Business owners like you can take advantage of our giveaways by following us on LinkedIn to learn more about these opportunities.

Business owners like you can take advantage of our giveaways by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to learn more about these opportunities.


If you've seen us on the billboards at the Epicentre in Uptown, chances are, you've seen our contest winners too! We've given Charlotte business owners multiple opportunities to appear on the big screen by giving away billboard advertising and spotlighting them during our highly visible campaigns.


With hundreds of high-quality business events happening in Charlotte each year, it's hard to find time (and afford) to attend them all. We have given over 100 business owners free scholarships to the city's most elite conferences and events.

Social Promos

Our followers care about supporting businesses in Charlotte and we want them to find out about you! We promote small businesses on social media through our business spotlights, social media takeovers, and during our most popular campaign, #31DaysofBiz during Charlotte Small Business Month every May.

The Mayor’s International Community Awards

Charlotte’s companies are world-class, and we love celebrating the achievements of our international entrepreneurs and global companies. Since 1998, the Charlotte International Cabinet and the Office of the Mayor have hosted the Mayor’s International Community Awards (MICA). This event honors foreign-owned firms in the Charlotte region for their outstanding contributions to philanthropy and individuals who have displayed strong leadership in developing Charlotte’s international community.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and foreign-owned firms located in the Charlotte region are eligible for nominations through the Office of International Relations.

Shop Small, Support Local Businesses

Shopping local not only boosts Charlotte’s creative and entrepreneurial economy, but also brings unique finds and experiences to your life. We know how vital small businesses are to creating local jobs and preserving the identities of our neighborhoods, which is why we’re excited to celebrate and encourage consumers to shop small.

We highlight this movement with Small Business Saturday— the post-Thanksgiving shopping day committed to supporting local businesses. Shopping small this Saturday can have a HUGE impact! Consumers are here to support you and there are stats to prove it. A recent survey found 70% of Americans shop small. Better yet, for every $100 spent, $48 goes back into the local economy.

Here are some tips for everyone to make the most out of Small Business Saturday: