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.




Thrive Hiring Grant Program

The Thrive Hiring Grant is an incentive program developed as a part of the Thrive initiative funded by the CARES Act of 2020. The grant is provided to mid-sized Charlotte businesses that are hiring multiple employees as a strategy to boost job creation and to help put displaced Charlotte residents back to work. The grant has been reactivated with remaining funds.





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.

May 6, 2021

OFB Success Story: International Truck of Tacos

Blanca Gonzalez, owner of International Truck of Tacos, knows the importance of putting your heart into what you love. After combating the initial challenges with starting her food truck, she then faced the impacts of the pandemic. Staying true to her foundation, Gonzalez shares how she trusted her heart and found the help that she needed.

April 28, 2021

RENEW Training Program is Sustainability at Work

The City of Charlotte in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas shares the success of the RENEW Program, which targets Charlotte residents displaced by COVID-19 to provide skilled trades training for HVAC and electrical occupations, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and building automation systems.

April 20, 2021

OFB Success Story: The Savage Way

The Savage Way was in high demand, creating clean graffiti messaging and moss art as a medium for messaging and branding. Then COVID-19 hit. The co-owners Torrie Savage and Paula Bartlett, share how they were able to pivot their non-traditional creative agency, during the midst of the pandemic.

April 16, 2021

OFB Success Story: YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Amid an incredibly difficult year, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte faced unforeseeable changes to its organization as a result of COVID-19. When the pandemic reached Charlotte in March 2020, the YMCA was confronted with a projected loss of millions in revenue and the elimination of several full-time positions.

April 8, 2021

OFB Success Story: Atrium Health

As the largest employer in Charlotte, Atrium Health values career development and invests in professional development resources to give its employees opportunities to succeed. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Atrium Health saw fluctuations in resources and staff allocation, affecting many of its workforce development programs.

March 26, 2021

OFB Success Story: Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Committed to helping people with barriers to employment find opportunities through culinary training, the Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) looked for an answer to help continue fulfilling its mission during COVID-19.


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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