Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement

The Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement was created in December 2016 after a split of the former Community and Business Development department. This department includes the following divisions:

Business Development Division

The Business Development Division monitors and promotes business and economic development opportunities throughout the city utilizing a series of related programs to provide concentrated assistance to targeted areas and groups. The Division focuses on enhancing the quality of life by attracting, creating, and retaining jobs; augmenting the tax base; and assisting small and minority-owned businesses.

Minority & Women's Business Enterprise Division

The M/WBE Division assists minority- and women-owned business enterprises in providing goods and services to the city. The Division provides workshops and seminars for minority- and women-owned businesses.  In addition, the Division provides minorities and women equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of city contracting and purchasing programs, including but not limited to:

  • Participation in procurement contracts for commodities and services as well as contracts relating to construction.
  • Repair work and/or leasing activities.
  • All purchasing at the department/division level that is classified as discretionary spending.

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Ken Millett
Director/Small Business Development Manager

Tiesha Hinton
Assistant Director

Steven Harrison
Small Business Development Specialist

Hasani Mitchell
Diversity Compliance Specialist

Vanessa Banner
Administrative Assistant

Regina F. Hall
Reintegration & Youth Development Manager

City Hall, Suite 232
101 North Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101