Small businesses in North Carolina are key to the state’s economic health. They provide $24.3 billion in income, and these businesses employ 1.5 million North Carolinians or 48 percent of the State’s non-farm private workforce.
North Carolina provides a wide array of services to small businesses, including community college small business centers, the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center, access to resources and assistance with business licenses through the Department of Commerce Business Link North Carolina, matching funds for federal small business grants, and assistance to rural entrepreneurs through the Rural Center.
In addition, small businesses throughout North Carolina receive assistance through the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) with access to capital, counseling, training and contracting to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
SCORE partners with the SBA to provide free, confidential mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs starting up small businesses or growing existing businesses. For more information go to our website: (raleigh.score.org).
And, plan on attending our Small Business Conference on May 16, 2014. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.