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Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification
What is the purpose of SBE Certification?
  • To grow small businesses in the Charlotte Regional Area.
  • Prepare Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) to be competitive when competing for city contracts.
What SBE Certification means to your small business?
  • You can bid on formal and informal City contracts
  • Your company information is included in the Citywide Vendor List
  • You’ll receive more frequent notices of contracting opportunities
  • Attend Doing Business With the City orientation
  • Networking events and opportunities
  • Business and technical assistance

Applicants seeking SBE Certification must meet the following requirements:

  • Principal place of business must be located within the Charlotte Regional Area (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union, Cleveland, Iredell, Stanly; and the following counties in South Carolina:  York, Chester and Lancaster.)​ 
  • 51% or more of the applicant business must be owned by one or more “Eligible Owner(s)”
  • “Eligible Owner(s)” must have a Personal Net Worth under $750,000 (with exclusions)
  • Applicant businesses must be licensed and for-profit
  • Actively in business for one year
  • Applicant business must perform a commercially useful function
  • Applicant business cannot exceed the approved threshold size standards

How to get your SBE Certification

For more information about the Charlotte Business INClusion program​ policies and reports, visit the Small Business Library.