Business Alliances

Groups driving business growth, advocacy, and positive community impact in Raleigh

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The City partners with several leading organizations across Raleigh to foster entrepreneurship and innovation while contributing to  Raleigh’s vibrant business community with programs that include:

  • Vendor events and listings in directories
  • Promotion, marketing and advertising
  • Networking, partnerships and training opportunities
  • Research, planning and advocacy

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Enter your address in the interactive map below to find the group  that is closest to you or scroll down the page for more information. 

Citywide Alliances

Several business groups serve businesses all around Raleigh, and are not tied to geographic area. 

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#BlackDollarNC creates opportunities for Black entrepreneurs to showcase their skills, services and products through vendor events, online directory and networking opportunities. 

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Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

The Raleigh Chamber builds a thriving regional economy, enhances the community’s quality of life, and strengthens member businesses as the Triangle’s largest business membership organization with more than 2,200 firms. 

Harmony: NC LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Harmony: NC LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce is where Triangle LGBTQ+ individuals, professional and business communities connect through in-person and virtual events.

Shop Local Raleigh

Shop Local Raleigh is a non profit that promotes and supports locally-owned, independent businesses. They offer training, special events, advertising opportunities and more. 

Triangle ArtWorks

Triangle ArtWorks, a 2020 City of Raleigh Impact Partner Grant recipient, brings area artists, businesses, and nonprofits together. They host workshops and training for artists, art businesses and nonprofits in topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, business development, accounting, legal issues, as well as networking and other peer support events.

District-Based Alliances

Some business groups serve specific districts and geographic areas within Raleigh. These groups offer services to promote and drive business activity and foot traffic to these corridors. 

Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance

The Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance is a non-profit created in partnership between the City of Raleigh, NC State University, property owners, businesses and residents. The Blue Ridge Corridor the 3-mile length of the Blue Ridge Road running North-South from Western Blvd. to Edwards Mill Rd. The corridor encompasses several state properties, medical facilities, neighborhoods, and office/retail parks extending East to I-440 and West to I-40. 

Area boundaries: The Blue Ridge Corridor is an area centered around a 3-mile length of the Blue Ridge Road running North-South from Western Blvd. to Edwards Mill Rd. The corridor encompasses several state properties, medical facilities, neighborhoods, and office/retail parks extending East to I-440 and West to I-40.

Village District Merchants’ Association

Map of store directory at Cameron village shopping center

The Village District Merchants’ Association ensures all customers have the best shopping experience possible. They help guide and advance the growth of Village District sales and the overall marketing, events, and public relations of the center.

Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation

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The Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation (HSCSC) is an independent, not for profit, municipal service district. HSCSC, better known as Live It Up! Hillsborough Street, services and programs include security, beautification, marketing and communications, economic development, special events, planning and advocacy, parking and transportation, research, and arts. 

Area boundaries:  A 3-mile long corridor that runs on both sides of Hillsborough Street, from St. Mary's School to the I-440 Beltline, including W. Morgan Street and a few side streets. The territory connects to, but does not include, Cameron Village

Downtown Raleigh Alliance

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The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) programs include program investments include storefront recruitment, business retention, and community engagement. The DRA serves as the administrator of the Downtown Raleigh Municipal Services District (MSD), which is a defined special assessment district in which property owners contribute toward enhanced services.

Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative

Formed in November 2013, the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative’s (GSNC) goals are to bring residents and merchants together to strengthen the community and to develop models for communication and collaboration around issues affecting the neighborhood. 

Person Street Partnership

The Person Street Partnership brings property owners and business owners, stakeholders, residents, and Raleigh City Staff together. 

The Person Street Partnership seeks to build momentum on North Person Street by identifying, creating, and advocating for planning and traffic initiatives in and surrounding the business district. 

Five Points Business District Association

The Five Points Business District Association is a non-profit merchants association with the purpose of organizing, supporting, encouraging, and motivating about 60 merchants, service providers, food and beverage destination establishments, shops, and commercial businesses.  

Area boundaries: A half-mile radius from the historic Five Points intersection of Whitaker Mill Road, Fairview Road, and Glenwood Avenue. 

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Midtown Raleigh Alliance

The Midtown Raleigh Alliance, promotes the Midtown as a destination for economic development. The Alliance brings together stakeholders and creates a forum for quality of life issues, solutions and advocacy to state and local governments.

The Midtown Raleigh Alliance also provides social and networking opportunities for members.

New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance

The New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance (NBACA) is a committed group of stakeholders and a Board of Directors with the goal of assuring timely construction of essential infrastructure improvements along New Bern Avenue to the City of Raleigh from I-440 to Swain Street to create a safe, functional, attractive and vibrant gateway street which encourages and supports strong economic development, a variety of quality housing, linked sustainable neighborhoods, vigorous communities and a memorable gateway. 

Area boundaries: New Bern Avenue from I-440 to Swain Street.



Mark Weldon
Small Business Development Manager 

Division of Community and Small Business Development 


Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Community and Small Business DevelopmentSmall Business

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