BLNC provides answers to questions about starting or growing a business.
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
Business startup counseling
Melanie Underwood
Cleveland Community College -Small Business Center

Cleveland Community College -Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at CCC provides workshops, seminars, counseling, information, and referral services for small business owners and operators in Cleveland County.
Le Grand Center, 1800 E. Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28152
Community College, Small Business Center
Steve Padgett


The portal supports the NCMBC's goals to retain federal revenues and create jobs by: expanding government contracting with NC companies; integrating transitioning military and military family members into the state workforce; and recruiting additional defense-related industries to North Carolina.
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Supports the NCMBC's goals to retain federal revenues and create jobs
(Online web-based)
National Endowment of the Arts

National Endowment of the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
400 7th Street, SW, 
Washington DC, DC 20506
Non profit
Niki Jacobs
(202) 682-5403
NC DENR -Recycling Business Assistance Center

NC DENR -Recycling Business Assistance Center

The NC DENR Recycling Business Assistance Center provides resources and information on recycling business development assistance.
610 East Center Ave., Suite 301, Mooresville, NC 28115
Marcia Allocco
NC Department of Commerce

NC Department of Commerce

The NC Department of Commerce is the state's lead agency for economic, community & workforce development, providing support to launch & grow business.
301 North Wilmington StreetRaleigh, North Carolina 27601-1058
Machelle Baker Sanders
(919) 814-4600
NC Department of Labor

NC Department of Labor

The N.C. Department of Labor is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state.
1101 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1101
Cherie Berry
NC Dept Agriculture

NC Dept Agriculture

Essentially operating as the North Carolina ‘Agricultural Bank’ NCAFA originates, services, and finances loans in the agricultural sector that would otherwise not be made.
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Gov Agency
Chales Walls


NC IDEA serves as a catalyst for young, high-growth, technology companies. NC IDEA provides small grants to high-tech start up companies in NC.
201 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
NC Grant Program
Andrea Cook
NC Military Business Center

NC Military Business Center

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Business development entity of the NC Community College System
Fran Perez-Wilhite
NC Natural Products Association

NC Natural Products Association

Our mission statement: The North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) was formed as a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, cultivating, sustainably harvesting, and processing North Carolina grown medicinal plants. NCNPA's mission is to establish North Carolina as a key global supplier of premium-quality raw materials and plant-based value added products such as natural medicines, organic products, functional foods, and personal care products.
PO Box 8023 Asheville NC 28814
non-profit organization
Chuck Blethen
NCSU Industrial Extension Service

NCSU Industrial Extension Service

IES helps improve, promote, & connect industry to the world-class research of NC State in manufacturing, healthcare, & government service sectors.
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 200, Research III
Raleigh, NC 27606
NC State Industry Expansion Solutions
Phil Mintz
USDA Business Loans

USDA Business Loans

USDA Business & Industry Loan Guarantee program bolsters the existing private credit structure through the guaranteeing of loans for rural businesses
Guaranteed loans for small businesses.
Bill Tew
919-776-4331 X112

USDA Rural Development

USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support business development and job training opportunities for rural residents.
4405 Bland Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Rural economic development loans and grant programs.
Mel Ellis