Community & Economic Development

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Forsyth County is THE place where new and innovative businesses start, grow and thrive. The Community & Economic Development department supports the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and small businesses through strategic partnerships and funding initiatives including administering a Microenterprise Individual Development Account (IDA) program.

Are you a good fit for the Forsyth County Microenterprise IDA program?

Do you own an existing small business that is at least a year old but could benefit from some professional reorganization?


Are you seeking assistance navigating the Forsyth County entrepreneurial ecosystem, while also finding resources that best serve your business?


Are you interested in the opportunity to earn funds for your business and improve your financial literacy through classes and monthly meetings with a Success Coach?


Is your income less than 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Forsyth County? (Reference 2024 Income Limits.)

Program Requirements

Attend monthly financial literacy classes conducted by Experiment in Self Reliance

Meet with success coach & mentors monthly

Create and submit monthly budgets while saving $100-200/month

Attend small business courses conducted by S.G. Atkins CDC

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Accepting applications August 1 - September 30 for the 2025 cohort.

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Hasani Mitchell

Community & Economic Development Program Administrator

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Forsyth County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, familial status, physical handicap or disability in its employment opportunities, programs, services or activities.

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Community & Economic Development

  • 201 North Chestnut Street
    Fifth Floor
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Phone: 336 703 2684
  • Fax: 336 727 8580
  • Email: Contact Us