Business Resources

U.S. Federal Grant and Loan Funding

USDA Grants

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)


North Carolina Grant and Loan Funding

Golden Leaf Foundation

NCDOT's Rail Industrial Access Program

NC Small Business Credit Intiative

One NC Small Business Program (SBIR/STTR related) -

Recycling Business Assistance Center 

Rural Development Center - Building Reuse Grant


Additional Funding Resources

Self-Help Credit Union


Business Assistance Resources

Business Link North Carolina

Business Link North Carolina is a service of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, is your access to an extensive network of experts who can help your business succeed. Everything from licenses, government contracting, business plans, tax information to marketing and access to capital.

NC State Industry Expansion Solutions

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused unit of NC State University. Through tailored programs and research-based, timetested methodologies, IES provides solutions to assist in strategic direction, improves performance and processes and address top line growth. IES collaborates with clients to develop and implement comprehensive solutions across:

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Growth and Innovation
  • Health and Safety
  • Instructional Design
  • Professional Learning
  • Resource Development
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Environment and Energy

Small Business Center - South Piedmont Community College

The mission of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. With one location at each North Carolina community college, the 58 Small Business Centers (SBCs) are community-based providers and entrepreneurship training, confidential one-on-one business counseling, referral, and information.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The North Carolina SBTDC is a business advisory resource for growing and developing businesses. The SBTDC's highly skilled professionals provide services statewide from offices hosted by campuses of The University of North Carolina System. The SBTDC operates in formal partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency and others, making it a unique and valued asset in the economic development infrastructure of North Carolina. 

SCORE - Charlotte Chapter

Established in 1965, the chapter has been a vital part of the Charlotte entrepreneurial community. We provide free one on one mentoring in the greater Charlotte area. The chapter offers free one on one mentoring, low cost or free workshops, and access to free on line tools and webinars. SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist your business to:

  • Increase the value of the business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flows
  • Identify and solve operating problems
  • Develop business plans'
  • Access to funding
  • Assist non-profits ain formation and in improving their operations



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