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.

 

 

 

Incentives

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.

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Charlotte Business News

To keep up with business in Charlotte, read our blog.

July 15, 2021

OFB Success Story: The Academy of Goal Achievers

With a mission of developing youth leaders to impact communities while preparing youth and families for post-secondary success, The Academy of Goal Achievers (TAGA) was forced to find new and innovative ways to deliver services during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 9, 2021

OFB Success Story: Global Vocational Training Center

The Global Vocational Training Center (GVTC) is passionate about empowering a distressed community. With a focus on creating pathways to employment for adolescents and adults through skills training and life learning opportunities, GVTC was determined to still help those in need despite their own financial challenges due to COVID-19.

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July 2, 2021

OFB Success Story: City Startup Labs

City Startup Labs (CSL) works hard to close the entrepreneurial divide for young black men and women in the Charlotte community who are often marginalized and don’t have resources to start their own businesses.

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June 21, 2021

OFB Success Story: IMEK Studios

Kevin Taylor, owner of IMEK Studios in Charlotte shares the value of community involvement, especially as a business owner, and how he remained focused on community when he had to pivot during the pandemic.

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June 16, 2021

OFB Success Story: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

As COVID-19 displaced countless workers in the Charlotte region, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont created opportunities for unemployed and displaced individuals to learn new skills and embark on a new career path.

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June 1, 2021

OFB Success Story: Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas

In the midst of the pandemic, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas was able to pivot after canceling their highly-anticipated annual career fair that attracted over 10,000 people to investing in new technology to develop a virtual program called JA Ignite.

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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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