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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Services

I’m thinking of starting my own business here in Greensboro. How do I get started?
Start by visiting the site of some of our recommended resources for Doing Business in the City.

How can the City help with the financing of a business idea?
We recommend you first visit the Small Business Technology and Development Center’s Business Start-Up & Resource Guide, Chapter 6: Arrange Your Business Financing. 

I have a business, but I’m having trouble meeting expenses. Is the City able to offer any help?
Our Economic Development Office can assist in identifying financing alternatives for your business based on your current business needs. You may also contact our business support partners.

Where can I go for help in hiring the employees I need for my business at low-to-no cost?
The City’s Workforce Development is a good place to start. Feel free to visit and contact them for more information.

For a business looking to move its headquarters to Greensboro, who should be contacted first?
Great first points of contact are our Economic Development Office and the Greensboro Partnership Economic Development

Where do I go to find a good service provider (i.e. bookkeeper/accountant, IT professional, human resource consultant, etc.)?
To obtain referrals for a good service provider for your business needs, visit the Better Business Bureau or the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship.

How do I know when I need a privilege business license? 
As of July 1, 2015 businesses physically located in Greensboro city limits no longer need a license, with an exception for those operating taxicabs and current beer and wine privilege license holders. For information about getting a privilege business license, visit the City’s Privilege License page.

How do I know when I need a business permit?
As of July 1, 2015  panhandlers, peddlers, itinerant merchants, mobile food vendors, street performers, and massage businesses must obtain a business permit. For information about getting a business permit, visit the City's Business Permit page.

Where do I get and why do I need business insurance?
Business insurance is usually mandatory, especially when doing business with the government like the City of Greensboro. It’s designed to protect the interest of the business and its customers. For more information, contact your local insurance broker.

How do I sell my product and/or services to the City? 
To get information on how to sell to the City, start by visiting the Doing Business with the City section of the Business Resources page.