About Community and Business Development

Community and Business Development is responsible for developing housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect local needs and conditions and citizens' desired strategies and outcomes; promoting economic development opportunities; assisting minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city; conserving and improving the city's existing housing stock; and promoting the stabilization and revitalization of deteriorating and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

four people looking forwardThe Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program (M/WBE) is designed to assist minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. In addition, the program provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses, and assistance with the resolution of problems and complaints relating to the M/WBE program. You do not have to be a certified minority company to do business with the City of Winston-Salem but the certification will improve your chances to participate on city contracts. Please follow the link below to the State's HUB Office to apply for certification.

If you wish to do business with the city, please follow this link to the city's Purchasing Department, to get a vendor application.

The Business Development Division monitors and promotes economic development opportunities throughout the City of Winston-Salem. Within this department, a series of related programs also provides concentrated assistance to targeted areas and groups.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all segments of Winston-Salem by attracting, creating, and retaining jobs; augmenting the tax base; and assisting small and minority-owned businesses.

The Housing Development Division develops housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect local needs and conditions and citizens' desired strategies and outcomes. The division effectively and efficiently coordinates the implementation and administration of adopted plans and programs.

The Code Enforcement Division enforces local ordinances relating to nuisance violations to protect public health, safety, and general welfare of residents and neighborhoods through the remedy or removal of conditions that infringe on the quality of life conditions. Particular emphasis has been placed on identifying dilapidated vacant unsecured structures and keeping them secured or having them demolished.

The Housing Rehabilitation Division provides financial and technical assistance to qualified owner-occupants and investors to repair substandard properties. In targeted areas, low- and moderate-income owner-occupants are eligible for direct and deferred payment loans, and investor-owners are eligible for direct payment loans to repair single-family dwellings. Investors are also eligible for direct payment loans to repair multifamily properties citywide.

To foster neighborhood revitalization and homeownership, the Purchase/Tandem Loan Program provides financial assistance for the acquisition and rehabilitation of substandard structures affordable for ownership by low and moderate income individuals, particularly tenants.

The Lead Safe Winston-Salem Program is for property owners with houses and apartments built before 1978 who may qualify for grant-funded assistance to help make the property lead safe. The program's focus is to eliminate the health hazards that lead-based paint presents to young children under the age of 6 years who can ingest paint chips or lead-contaminated dust.

Auxiliary Programs are created to assist existing on-going neighborhood improvement initiatives:

  • Trash Busters
  • Operation Impact
  • Vector Control
  • Neighborhood Sign
  • Neighborhood Improvement Plan

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