Business Development works to enhance the quality of life for all segments of Winston-Salem through development programs. The division provides technical and financial assistance to both small business owners and commercial property owners.  The division also works to attract, create and retain jobs, augment the tax base, and assist with small and minority-owned businesses.

News and Updates

Listing of approved Specialized permits for events that may require street closings or cause heavy traffic congestion.

Interested in starting a new business? Currently own a business but need to brush up on some skills? Learn how to successfully plan, open and operate a business at our Small Business Training Program. Topics in the 8-week course include marketing, legal issues, insurance, bookkeeping and taxes, as well as writing a business plan. The class is FREE and open to local entrepreneurs. For more information, read the program brochure.

Looking for a new commercial building or land for your business? Consider moving to the Brookwood Business Park which has available properties for lease or purchase. For more information, go to the Brookwood Business Park page.

Business Resources

Specialized Permits

The Community and Business Development Department issues a number of special permits for events, mobile carts and businesses, sidewalk dining and other permits.  To learn more, please visit the specialized permit page via this link.



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Housing Development Senior Project Supervisor

Business Development Senior Project Supervisor

Planning Senior Project Supervisor

Tiesha Hinton

Minority/Women's Coordinator


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