There are a variety of small business training and support opportunities offered at the local and State level. Below are some resources for current or prospective small business owners so that they can have access to the training and development resources needed to be successful. This is not an exhaustive list, there are a variety of small business counselors and resources available statewide.
Pitt Community College Small Business Center
The Small Business Center (SBC) at Pitt Community College is dedicated to the training of potential and existing small business owners. Training sessions are offered as free seminars as well as customized individual business training events. The Small Business Center offers more than 125 free seminars each year on various business topics including: Financing, Management, Marketing, and Accounting/Record Keeping.
The SBC also offers free, confidential one-on-one business consulting services to assist you in the daily operation of your business. These services can include: a Financial Analysis of Your Company, Market and Industry Research, Loan Packages, Business Plans, Marketing Plans, and Strategic Planning.
Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at East Carolina University
The SBTDC at East Carolina University is North Carolina’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Our highly skilled professionals, our position as a program of The University of North Carolina System, and partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration make us a unique and valued asset in the economic development of our State.
North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development
The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development is a statewide nonprofit organization representing the interest of underdeveloped and underutilized sectors of the state’s economic base. The Institute’s working philosophy is that information and business development are critical to wealth creation and to building the asset base among low-wealth sectors of the population.
By using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and interdependent strategy, the Institute strives to increase productive outcomes for groups with limited resources. The Institute’s technical support, research, and information activities are structured to foster business, community, and educational/ leadership development.
Self-Help Credit Union, Greenville, N.C. (306 Evans St Suite # 306)
The Self-Help Credit Union creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate and promoting fair financial practices. While their work benefits communities of all kinds, the main focus is on those who may be underserved by conventional lenders, including people of color, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities.