Development works to enhance the quality of life for all segments of Winston-Salem through housing and business development programs. The division provides financial and technical assistance to owner occupants and investors to repair substandard properties in targeted low and moderate income areas across the city. 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

Let's Do Business! video series is on the city's YouTube channel for viewing at your convenience [video].

In 2016 the Community and Business Development Department will host its third Business Plan Contest. Each of the two winners will receive: $5,000 grant for startup costs, $5,000 potential matching micro-loan, and an opportunity to apply to Small Business Loan Program. Business Department staff is happy to provide technical assistance and feedback to participants. If you are interested in the Business Plan Contestyou can read more about it here.

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. Weekly topics in the 8-week course include marketing, legal issues, insurance, bookkeeping and taxes, as well as writing a business plan. The class if 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.

The NRSA Commercial Property Listing Service works to highlight properties for sale or lease within the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) and to incentivize Realtors and CDCs that actively market them. To learn more, go to the NRSA Commercial Property Listing Service.

The city has received a YouthBuild grant which aims to train and energize unemployed young adults to rebuild their communities and their own lives. This is a great opportunity for 16-24-year-olds to learn valuable work and life skills. For more information, read about YouthBuild Winston-Salem [pdf].

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

Monthly Economic Indicators Reports are created to track the strength of the local economy. The most recent, July2014 Economic Report is currently available. Learn more by reading the July Economic Report [pdf]. The 2013 Year-End Economic Indicators Report is also available. To learn more read the completed Economic report [pdf] and access the data appendix [pdf].

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