What is a Small Business Center?

Small Business Centers are a secret weapon available to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups at no cost. They can provide guidance and support throughout the entire business journey.

SBCs Are Tailored To Their Community

Small Business Centers work with their local government and community resources to provide small business owners with whatever they may need — funding, marketing, production, hiring, networking, etc.


The bottom line: SBCs find experts to help small business owners close gaps in their knowledge.

NC State Outline

Did You Know?

North Carolina has 58 Small Business Centers. And, there are nearly 900 centers nationwide!

SBCs Can Help Your Business With

1:1 mentorship on planning, starting, and growing a business
Ideating and talking through a new business idea you may have
Understanding how to get financing for your business
Generating and targeting your ideal customers
Networking with business owners and community stakeholders
Getting through your toughest business challenges
Keisha Dockery Testimonial 2

“It’s irreplaceable what the SBC does. I can’t believe I hadn’t reached out to them sooner. It just would’ve saved me a lot of research, hours, and heartache. They really do work for you.”

Keisha Dockery of Black and White Market

Startup Tri-County Member
Tammy Cook Testimonial

“One of the best resources in the area is the Small Business Center. They can help guide you and direct you to what resources are available. I really suggest you get started over there.”

Tammy Cook of The App Garden

Startup Catawba Member
Greg Brady Testimonial

“The SBC helped us secure funding, helped us find places around town to rent, and gave us some other basics of how to work sort of inside this community.”

Greg Brady of Anchor Coffee Co

Startup Northwest NC Member

Stories From Real Entrepreneurs Who’ve Utilized Their Small Business Center

Seasoned mentors are standing by and can help you start or grow your business today!

Ready To Find Success? Choose Your Location Below

Startup Asheville

Buncombe & Madison Counties

Startup Catawba

Catawba & Alexander Counties

Startup NWNC

Ashe, Alleghany, & Wilkes Counties

Startup Tri-County

Cherokee, Clay, & Graham Counties

Startup Caldwell-Watauga

Caldwell & Watauga Counties

Startup Blue Ridge

Henderson & Transylvania Counties

Startup Gaston

Gaston & Lincoln County

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