Starting a new business requires a great deal of preparation, from creating your business plan to selecting your business site and everything in between. Business owners face challenges that include: navigating the city permitting process, securing financing, deciding how and where to expand, and addressing issues related to attracting and retaining quality employees. The City of Raleigh together with the state and local resources can help new business owners get started.
- Starting a New Business
- Business Licenses
- Business Resource Guide - "Businesses are key to Raleigh's economy, I know first-hand how challenging starting a new business can be. This guide provides the information small business owners need to help make starting or growing their business a success." - Mayor McFarlane
Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Businesses
The City has a business assistance program designed for certain businesses, which includes:Learn more about the SDMWOB Program
SDMWOB Vendor Directory
The City's Business Assistance Coordinator coordinates the Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business (SDMWOB) certification program, maintains a Small Disadvantaged Minority and Women Owned Business Directory, and solicits participation in construction contracts.
All SDMWOB businesses which become certified by the City of Raleigh are listed in a directory, that is distributed to City departments. Companies must be certified to qualify for designation as an SDMWOB vendor by the City.
Questions about construction contracts and applications for certification may be obtained from Luther R. Williams