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  • Advance Your Business

The City of Charlotte Small Business Opportunity (SBO) Program assists certified Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) with growing, enhancing, and developing their business. As a benefit of SBE certification, Advance Your Business is a combination of numerous development    programs that support small businesses in organizational training, strategic development, and networking opportunities.  They include:

o    Free monthly workshops for the small business community

o    Central Piedmont Community College's (CPCC) – Small Business Center

o    Professional association sponsorships

  • Events & Training

Small Business Workshop Series: Advance Your Business seminars are additional benefits of receiving SBE certification.  All seminars are free to the public.

Seminars are offered in partnership with CPCC's – Small Business Center.  Register to attend by calling 704-330-4223.  Hurry, space is limited!
Download the Small Business Center's current schedule.
Free Business Outreach & Opportunity Symposium Event: CATS is proud to provide opportunities for businesses to create local jobs through the advancement of transit projects.  Don’t miss the chance to learn about future CATS business opportunities, how to locate subcontractors participating in the DBE/SBO programs, how to become a DBE or SBE, and how to meet federal bidding requirements.
Download the event flyer to learn more about this free event.
Think BIG: Business in Government: Business owners interested in doing business with local government agencies are invited to attend a free symposium and reverse trade show hosted by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  This informative event - Think BIG:  Business in Government – will be held May 22, 2014 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  This event is a unique concept of bringing together government purchasing professionals with the intent of providing a platform for networking, contracting guidelines and education.  Procurement representatives from a variety of entities will be on hand to talk with business owners and provide guidance and best practices on how to do business.  The North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business Office will be on site to assist with the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certification process  as well as the Charlotte Business INClusion program to assist businesses with the City of Charlotte’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification process.  

The reverse trade show and networking reception will follow shortly after the symposium and will be held between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  During this time, business owners will have an opportunity to introduce and market their product or service to event attendees while networking and cultivating business relationships.

Please click the icon below to learn more about the event.

Click here to register for this event.

  • Business Development Programs

 Professional Association Sponsorships

The SBO program offers partial sponsorships that will provide assistance with payment of annual membership dues for organizations that foster small business growth. Certified SBEs that do not have an existing membership with the applied for organization are eligible. Partnering associations include:

For more information, download the Professional Association Fact Sheet and Professional Association Sponsorship Application.

SBO Partnership with CPCC's - Small Business Center

To assist City certified SBEs with developing and growing their business, SBEs can enroll in free courses ($300 maximum) at CPCC's Small Business Center. 
View the current course catalog 
CPCC's Small Business Center offers support to those who want to start a small business or those who want help with an existing business. To learn more about the Institute, visit