Local-Regional Business Resources

Need help finding a Business Resource, call the Small Business Advisors at EDPNC at (800)228-8443. 

This team is an extension of NC Dept of Commerce and provide a FREE SERVICE (paid by tax dollars) to help people who want to start/expand a business or have a general business question in NC.

Category Title Description
Navigating through Governmental & Licensing Requirements Need help finding a Business Resource near you Call the Small Business Advisors at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) at (800) 228-8443. We help businesses large and small succeed in North Carolina.
Counseling and Training services for Planning, Starting & Operating a Business Find a Small Business Center near you There is a Small Business Center located at each of our North Carolina’s 58 Community Colleges to help guide budding entrepreneurs through the steps of planning, starting, and operating a small business. The Small Business Center Network (SBCN) provides a variety of programs, services and resources to help you start and grow your business. Confidential counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge. Some Business Seminars and Workshops require a minimal registration fee. Services provided by the SBCN can be customized to suit your specific business needs.
Counseling and Training services for Planning, Starting & Operating a Business Find a Small Business & Technology Development Center near you The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) operates 11 regional service centers in 15 total offices in North Carolina. Offices are in the following Counties: Bumcombe, Catawba, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Jackson, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Pasquotank, Pitt, Robeson, Wake, Watauga. SBTDC helps businesses address a broad spectrum of issues including: planning, financial management, human resources, marketing, and operations. SBTDC can provide free industry-specific advice and counseling. These regional offices regularly provides educational seminars on starting a business for no fee. They also conduct more thorough and in-depth classes for those seeking a practical, hands-on approach to developing a business plan and improving their business management knowledge and skills.
Local Networking Find a Chamber of Commerce office near you Find your local Chamber of Commerce to provide you information about local resources to help businesses expand and thrive through a globally competitive workforce.
Southeast NC Resource Navigator Sandhills Entrepreneurship Engagement Network (SEEN) SEEN connects aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to resources to start, sustain, and grow. SEEN is a searchable network of organizations in the Sandhills 10-county region of southeastern North Carolina. Counties include: Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Hoke, Scotland, Robeson, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen and Columbus. For questions, call (910) 775-4655.
Resource Navigator & Training Provider Resources tailored to your communities in North Carolina Find out about business resources in various counties in North Carolina including: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Lincoln, Madison, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes.
Financing your Business Certfied CDFIs Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) specialize in financing to underserved communities and businesses — including nonprofits. If you’re located in a low-income or rural area, or you’re a member of a historically disadvantaged group, you might be able to get approved for more competitive terms with these lenders than elsewhere.
Hiring Post Jobs, Recruit Candidates There are 80+ NCWorks Career Centers across North Carolina that help local businesses with job applicant screening, posting jobs online, training resources, information on the labor market and on tax credits for hiring particular groups of workers, providing space to conduct job interviews, and helping to arrange job fairs, all at no cost to the business.
Counseling Get Free Advice from Business Experts SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.