The City is committed to providing you with the best customer service possible when it comes to meeting your business needs. As part of our commitment, we encourage our business owners to access the available resource links and do as much homework as possible prior to connecting with us by phone and/or in person. This will help us provide you with getting the most out of your business operations experience.
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 that you first visit the Small Business Technology and Development Center’s (SBTDC) 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?
Through the City’s Economic Development and Business Support office, Economic Development 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 Economic Development and Greensboro Economic Development Alliance.
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? (Privilege License Application, submit a Privilege License online)
To obtain information for getting a privilege business license, visit the City’s Privilege License page.
How do I know when I need a business permit?
To obtain information for 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 Small & Emerging Businesses office.