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Small Business Workshops

As part of our mission to advance the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone, DRA supports downtown's business owners with quarterly small business workshops.


Upcoming Workshops

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Recent Workshops

2022 Small Business Recovery Grant Opportunities 

Downtown Raleigh Alliance's virtual webinar discusses new business recovery grant opportunities available to Raleigh-area small businesses in 2022. McKinley Wooten and Will Futrell with the NCDOR discussed NC’s Business Recovery Grant program, eligibility, and how to apply before the deadline of January 31, 2022. In addition, Mark Weldon shared updates on the City of Raleigh’s upcoming $5M COVID-19 relief funding opportunity. These programs and others like it will provide financial support to eligible businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Social is Changing - Updates You Need to Make to Stay Relevant on Instagram and TikTok

Anna Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Creative Exchange joined DRA for a presentation covering how social media is changing and how businesses can stay relevant, leveraging Instagram, TikTok and other social platforms to reach customers.


Pop Up Market Events – A Pipeline for Entrepreneurial Growth 

June's workshop was aimed at women and minority-owned businesses who want to learn more about pop-up markets and business resources. Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) hosted a panel of market organizers to discuss the important role markets have in growing your business and brand awareness. The panelists included the visionaries behind Black Flea Market, Raleigh Night Market, Triangle Pop-Up, and Moore Square Market. They discussed how to participate in the markets and the opportunities and resources available for entrepreneurs.

Retail Resilience – Celebrating Small Wins

April's workshop highlighted small businesses as owners shared wins during COVID, lessons learned and future plans after a year of the pandemic. DRA shared trends and updates on downtown and planned initiatives for the coming months.

What Employers Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Downtown Raleigh Alliance, with Shop Local Raleigh, Live It Up! Hillsborough Street and celito, hosted a virtual small business workshop focused on employer considerations with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.