RENEW Training Program – Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

The City of Charlotte will launch an additional fall cohort of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training Program (RENEW) in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and Central Piedmont Community College.

Workforce Partner Support Grants

Funding for Charlotte-based government, non-profit, academic or for-profit organizations that provide direct services in education and workforce development to Charlotte residents.

Access to capital for restaurants impacted by COVID-19

The City of Charlotte is offering access to capital for businesses in the food/beverage industry that have been impacted by COVID-19. The application period opens September 21, at noon.

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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.

September 18, 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?

September 11, 2020

OFB Success Story: US Taekwondo Colony Place

A master teacher uses lessons learned to keep moving forward.

September 4, 2020

OFB Success Story: Ashakti Wellness & Yoga

Wellness provider uses Access to Capital grant to help others through difficult times.

August 28, 2020

OFB Success Story: PSquared Linguistics

Thanks to fast help from the city, a small translation service adapts to an altered marketplace.

August 21, 2020

OFB Success Story: House of Africa

As a small business owner and the founder of Charlotte’s Juneteenth festival, Pape Ndiaye has deep community ties and understands the challenges facing business owners and their customers.

August 14, 2020

OFB Success Story: Modern Muffin

This Charlotte-based small business bakes “the best muffins with the best ingredients” — and plans to move forward with the help of an Access to Capital grant.


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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