Business Inclusion & Advancement

Phase II Sidewalk Dining Permit

The application below is to be filled out exclusively for restaurants in the Central Business District wishing to expand their sidewalk dining area during NC Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase II of the COVID-19. There is no application fee or permit fee associated with this Special Sidewalk Dining Permit.

Temporary Sidewalk Dining Permit (PDF)


The Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement was created in December 2016 after a split of the former Community and Business Development department. This department includes the following divisions:

Business Development Division

The Business Development Division monitors and promotes business and economic development opportunities throughout the city utilizing a series of related programs to provide concentrated assistance to targeted areas and groups. The Division focuses on enhancing the quality of life by:

  • Assisting small and minority-owned businesses
  • Augmenting the tax base
  • Job:
    • Attraction
    • Creation
    • Retention

Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Division

The M/WBE Division assists minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. The Division provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses. In addition, the Division provides minorities and women equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of city contracting and purchasing programs, including but not limited to:

  • Participation in procurement contracts for commodities and services as well as contracts relating to construction.
  • Repair work and/or leasing activities.
  • All purchasing at the department/division level that is classified as discretionary spending.