Access to Capital Grant Recipient List

View the small business and food and beverage grant recipients.






Through the Open for Business initiative, the City of Charlotte is inviting you to an outdoor dining experience with some of your favorites Queen City restaurants.




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.


The Thrive Hiring grant is an incentive provided to mid-sized Charlotte businesses that are hiring multiple employees as an incentive to boost job creation and to help put displaced Charlotte residents back to work.

Resilient ReUp Program

The Resilient ReUp program provides virtual training to help small businesses stabilize and overcome disruptions due to COVID-19. Companies which participate in this training will gain the knowledge, skills and behavior needed to lead in and through crisis.




Workforce Partner Support Programs

The City of Charlotte has awarded $3.5 million to workforce partners to provide programs to our residents. Find out what opportunities are available.

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.

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. 

September 25, 2020

OFB Success Story: Charlotte Barber and Beard

Looking good through tough times with Marcus Clark of Charlotte Barber and Beard.

September 17, 2020

OFB Success Story: Switchin’ Kitchens

Any entrepreneur can tell you that the formula for success includes hard work, determination, and resilience. But what about faith? What about that thing inside of you that urges you along new paths in life?


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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