Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library strives to build a highly literate and educated community; to contribute to its economic health, cultural and social capital; and to be highly accessed and cherished. As stewards of the community’s trust and resources, the Library provides valuable experiences and resources including a wealth of resources for businesses and non-profit organizations.


Starting a Business

Sample business plans, business research tools, searchable data bases and much more are all available on the second floor of the Main Library. Also available is The Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection of nonprofit and grant materials.

Licensing and Permitting

Tools and Resources

The CM Library’s Starting a Business Checklist will help you navigate the necessary licenses and permits needed to start your business.

Site Selection

Market and Demographic Data

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, through its on-line business resource, has compiled useful links to help with all of your market research needs including economic conditions, industry research, demographics and marketing.

Non-Profit Resources

Starting a Non-Profit

Foundation Center Cooperating Collection

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner. This special resource collection allows nonprofits, grantmakers, and individual researchers to identify potential funding partners and collaborators.


Foundation Center Directory at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Search the Foundation Directory to find foundation funding. The library periodically offers free classes to help you learn how to maximize this tool. View current class offerings.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

310 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 416-0100


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