Small Business Resources

Small business resource guide

Wake County Economic Development and the Raleigh Chamber have created a resource guide for small business owners in the Triangle. Download the Small Business Resource Guide here.


Business Link North Carolina

This organization provides free phone consultations to startups, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to the state.

Website  |  800.228.8443

Carolinas Small Business Development Fund

A statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that lends to startups and existing businesses, with emphasis on businesses that have difficulty accessing financing through traditional lending sources. Also provides one-on-one assistance and business coaching, educational seminars, webinars, and training events.

Website | 919.803.1437

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Center

CVMSDC promotes and facilitates business relationships between the public/private sector and certified minority-owned businesses in all of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Central, Eastern, and Western Virginia by certifying minority business enterprises (MBEs).

 Website  | 704.549.1000

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

CED connects entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources to accelerate business growth, including pairing entrepreneurial companies with a team of 3 – 4 mentors to help with major business challenges. CED also provides emerging North Carolina companies with connections to 250+ investors.

Website  |  919.549.7500

NOrth carolina military business center

A business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System that leverages military and other federal business opportunities in North Carolina. Headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Website  | 703.217.3127


We support a strong and vibrant community by bringing together key stakeholders within our ecosystem—entrepreneurs, investors, and supporting organizations. Our main focus is to connect entrepreneurs to three core elements to fuel their growth—funding, talent, and opportunities.

Website  |  919.664.7030


North Carolina Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses

Promotes economic opportunities for historically underutilized businesses in state government contracting and procurement.

Website  |  919.807.2330

North Carolina Rural Center

The NC Rural Center’s mission is to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. We serve the state’s 80 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.

Website  |  919.250.4314

Raleigh score

Raleigh SCORE educates entrepreneurs and encourages the formation, growth, and success of small businesses by providing FREE counseling and low-cost educational workshops.

Website |  919.869.4151


Self-Help’s mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across North Carolina and the nation.

Website  |  919.683.2000

Small Business and Technology Development Center

A business advisory resource for growing and developing businesses, the SBTDC provide services statewide from offices hosted by campuses of The University of North Carolina System on topics including planning, financial management, human resources, marketing, and operations. The SBTDC operates in formal partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Website  |  919.715.7272

Wake Technical Community College Small Business Center

The Wake Tech Small Business Center (SBC) is a state-funded organization which is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina (SBCN). The SBC provides small business owners with information they need for starting or expanding a small business through confidential, one-on-one counseling along with various seminars, workshops, and classes.

Website  |  919.335.1019

The Women’s Business Center of NC

The WBC helps women-owned businesses start and grow with one-on-one business counseling, seminars and classes, certification assistance and review, loan package preparation assistance, business plan feedback, and more.

Website  | 919.956.8889