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The Small Business Opportunity (SBO) Program is race and gender neutral program that ensures small business participation in contracting and subcontracting opportunities with the City of Charlotte.  It applies to all aspects of the City's contracting and procurement programs, including but not limited to the purchase of apparatus, supplies, materials, equipment, construction projects, all service contracts, and equipment rental and lease agreements.
SBO Program Updates

2013 Crowns of Enterprise Awards

Four local businesses were honored at the Crowns of Enterprise MWSBE Awards.  Visit the Crowns of Enterprise page to  learn which businesses received this year’s coveted Crowns award.
Small Business Training and Development

The Small Business Opportunity Program is designed to assist certified City Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) in growing, enhancing and developing their businesses. City certified SBE’s can enroll in free ($300 maximum) courses at Central Piedmont Community College – Institute for Entrepreneurship (IE). 

IE offers numerous classes for small business owners such as Using YouTube to Promote Your Business, QuickBooks 2012 and Social Media Marketing Tools for Business Owners. For a complete schedule of courses, visit the Institute for Entrepreneurship website.
For City SBE scholarships, contact Jerrianne Jackson at jbjackson@charlottenc.gov

SBO Program Resources

Small Business Enterprise Certification

Contracting Opportunities

Small Business Mobilization Loan

SBE Vendor List and Commodity Codes

Advance Your Business

Mentor-Protege Program

SBO Program Policy and Reports

Other City Resources

Business Financial Programs

Starting Your Business

For more information on the Small Business Opportunity Program, contact Nancy Rosado or call 704-432-1395.

SBO Program Address:
600 East Trade Street, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202