N.C. Small Business Center Network (SBCN), operated through the Community College System, is the largest state-supported small business assistance program, serving over 70,000 North Carolinians each year through 61 centers located throughout the state. Potential or current small business owners can take advantage of high-quality, readily accessible assistance that includes: free, confidential one-on-one business counseling services; resource and referral information for a variety of business needs; and high-impact seminars and classes available free of charge or for a minimal registration fee.
N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is North Carolina’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Since 1984, the SBTDC has helped over 100,000 North Carolina business owners and prospective entrepreneurs make better decisions – often leading to increased revenue and employment. Our average established business client has experienced double-digit percentage increases in sales and employees soon after working with the SBTDC. Our clients also credit the SBTDC with saving revenues and jobs – an average of 4,000 NC jobs each year.
Northeastern Workforce Development- Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is our region’s fund provider from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). Headquartered centrally in Hertford, we serve North Carolina’s 10 most northeastern counties, including: Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. At the NWDB, we are committed to growing and retaining employment and job opportunities for Northeastern North Carolina. By understanding the needs of our workforce and the businesses that employ them; leveraging our resources and partnerships to create and promote innovative workforce solutions, and managing and implementing effective workforce programs and services for the region’s business owners and managers, workers, and future workers.
Other statewide, state-funded business resource providers offering services to small and mid-sized businesses are: