Doing Business in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem city government is committed to supporting local businesses and enhancing our job base.

News and Updates

Business-related programming on WSTV Digital Media

Local, State, and Federal Business Licensing list

Helpful Links

Small Business Liaison: Will help with navigating the process of setting up a small business and resolving problems.

Small Business Listing of businesses in Winston-Salem


Development: Industrial Recruiting, Small Business Help, M/WBE, Downtown Development, Brownfields.

Inspections: permitting and inspecting all new building, electrical, plumbing and heating construction. 
Engineering: design of water and sewer projects, streets and sidewalks, buildings.

Minority / Women's Business Enterprises (M/WBE  MWBE): information and opportunities

Planning: Zoning & Subdivision, Area Plans, Historic Resources.

Purchasing: bid listings for materials and services needed by the city.

Revenue: business licenses, privilege license information

Stormwater/Erosion Control: construction and maintenance of water and sewer lines for stormwater management, information especially for businesses about stormwater best practices.

Utilities: collection, treatment, and distribution of water, waste water, and solid waste.


Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce: mission is to promote a strong local economy, advance the interests of the business community and serve members.
Chamber of Commerce web site

Visit Winston-Salem is the marketing arm of the Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority. Funded by a county hotel room tax, its mission is to promote the growth and development of the visitor industry throughout Forsyth County. 
Visit Winston-Salem web site

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership is an active member and advocacy organization leading the efforts to revitalize and strengthen the core of the city through business recruitment and support, economic development, marketing, and special events. 
Downtown W-S Partnership web site


GeoData Explorer (Forsyth County) Locate a property by owner name, property address, or parcel ID number. Layers include aerial photo, zoning, census, schools and more.
Forsyth County Geo Data Explorer web site

Maps of Growth Management Areas, Area Plans, etc.

Winston-Salem Ward Map [pdf]  

Recreation Facilities

Forms, Reports, Maps, Brochures, etc.

Information about Winston-Salem