Small Business

The Development Office offers technical assistance on matters relating to small businesses including "opening a small business" and small business operations. The city’s Small Business Liaison is available to assist small businesses to navigate the process of complying with City/County rules and regulations. The city’s Development Office administers a Small Business Loan Program and other financial assistance programs which eligible businesses can utilize to help start or expand a business. For more information and assistance, contact the Small Business Liaison.

Update regarding Covid-19: The Small Business Loan Program is still active and available despite the suspension of non-essential services and City Hall being closed. Staff is available remotely to review applications and the Small Business Loan Committee is still reviewing applications. Check here for any further updates regarding the Small Business Loan Program. Email with any questions you have about the program.

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Sweet Potatoes, located on Trade Street downtown, is an example of a business that utilized the city’s programs that offer referral services to individuals interested in starting a small business or seeking technical assistance in preparing business plans, financial projections and locating small business resources.

Getting Started

Just getting started to think about your business, but don’t know exactly what to do- Take a look at the Starting a Business Checklist to get organized and on your way.

Minority & Women Business Enterprise Program (M/WBE)

The M/WBE program identifies and certifies qualified minority- and women-owned business enterprises to provide goods and services to the city. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for certified minority- and women-owned businesses, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE Program.