A Full-Stack Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Since its earliest days, Winston-Salem’s growth has been spurred by entrepreneurs and their vision. Today, organizations like Winston Starts, the ACCESS Center, the Center for Creative Economy and Flywheel Coworking provide a full continuum of support for innovators from angel and venture capital funding to workspaces and connections. The crown jewel is Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the United States with more than 1.9-million square feet of office, laboratory and educational space—which is now home to more than 170 companies, five academic institutions, 3,700 workers and 1,800 students.
In Winston-Salem, our community activating all of our resources to become a startup-friendly city where businesses of all kinds can start and scale.
We have a lot of recognition to show that we are one of the very best cities for startups:
- We’re leading the nation in startup growth (WalletHub)
- We’re ranked the #4 best city to start a small business (Zen Business)
- We have one of the top 3 most affordable downtowns to live in (MSN)
- We’re one of the top 5 cities for first-time homebuyers (Livability)
If you are embarking on a new business venture, know that you will find all the resources you need to succeed here. Our programs and services are aligned with other community resources to help startups move from idea to actionable concept, to growth at scale.
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Winston-Salem Small Business Resources
Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. supports local small businesses through programs designed to increase your network, expand your visibility, and provide you with resources that enhance your business. Access to business consultations and social media coaching, participation in leads groups and committees, and additional benefits are available to all members. We partner with the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center to present small business workshops and seminars.
Richard N. Davis Minority Business Scholarships
Our Richard N. Davis Scholarship program provides Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. memberships to minority and women-owned businesses and will develop a peer network of local companies to strengthen and build relationships among minority and women business leaders.
The scholarships have been given the Richard N. Davis title in honor of a past Board Chair of the Chamber and active community advocate. This program is supported by Wake Forest University.
Other Useful Resources
Forsyth Tech Small Business Center
Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce
The S.G. Atkins CDC Enterprise Center
Local Small Business Resource Guide
Free Online Courses
From the US Small Business Administration
Fueling Your Business in NC
A guide to financing your small business from North Carolina’s Rural Entrepreneurship Development System project
Business Link North Carolina
A network of statewide, state-funded agencies and organizations that provide services to the state’s businesses. BLNC provides a single entry point to find experts who can help your business start, grow and succeed.