Charlotte's Future
Citizen Service
Print this PageSite Feedback

Who Can Apply

Obtaining SBE Certification allows the opportunity for small businesses with the Charlotte Regional Area to grow and be competitive when competing for city contracts.

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

Benefits of SBE Certification

  • 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