Mayor Anthony Foxx and the Charlotte City Council declared May as Small Business Month at a kickoff event this morning where more than a dozen small businesses were recognized for their contributions to our economy. Over the course of the month, the City and its partners will host several events to celebrate, educate and inspire the more than 30,000 small businesses operating in Charlotte. “Small Business month provides us an opportunity to stop and recognize the many contributions of the entrepreneurs and small businesses that make Charlotte great, not just by providing needed goods and services, but by driving innovation, creating jobs, and investing in our community,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx. Small businesses are an essential ingredient to growing and sustaining our economy. As such, the City, County, Chamber and other partners have been working collaboratively to make Charlotte the premier place for small business investment and growth. One of these collaborative projects is Charlotte Business Resources.com, a web portal to connect business owners with information and resources related to the stage of their business or important topics such as financing, licensing and permitting and contracting. In addition, the City and its partners have created events throughout the month where small businesses can learn new skills, receive information on critical business issues, network and be celebrated. A complete list of events is attached. For more information about Charlotte Small Business Month and the thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs that make the community great, please visit: CharlotteBusinessResources.com .