There are many quality providers of technical assistance available from private business consultants to public organizations. Below is a listing of several organizations available in the Charlotte and surrounding area that assist small business owners.
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce330 South Tryon StreetCharlotte NC 28202Phone: 704-378-1300www.charlottechamber.com
The Chamber provides marketing, educational, networking and leadership opportunities. They are an excellent source for information about local markets, business activity and business opportunities.
CPCC Institute for EntrepreneurshipCPCC Central Campus1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204 Phone: 704-330-6736www.cpcctraining.org/e-institute/
The CPCC’s Institute provides one-on-one counseling and access to their resource center with materials and resource information to plan or improve small businesses. Free seminars on business related topics are offered most months at various Char-Meck public library locations.
Business Expansion Funding Corporation (BEFCOR)5970 Fairview Road, Suite 218Charlotte, NC 28210Phone: 704-442-8145
Working in partnership with a bank, BEFCOR provides federal 504 loan program financing for fixed assets at a low-fixed interest rate.
The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Inc.PO Box 1331Durham NC 27701Phone: 919-956-8889www.ncimed.com
The Institute offers an SBA pre-qualification loan program designed to increase lending to women, minorities and veterans. The program includes assistance in developing a business plan and credible loan packages.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)6302 Fairview Road Suite 300Charlotte, NC 28210-2227(Across from South Park Mall)Phone: 704-344-6576www.score.org
SCORE members are retired business professionals who provide volunteer business services to those interested in starting or expanding a business. Free consultations are available to help individuals define a successful marketing strategy, develop a marketing plan or help solve business problems.
Small Business Administration6302 Fairview Road, Ste. 300Charlotte, NC 28210Phone: 704-344-6563www.sba.gov
The SBA provides information regarding starting a business, financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders, and management and technical assistance.
Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)The Ben Craig Center – 8701 Mallard Creek RdCharlotte NC 28262Phone: 704-548-1090www.sbtdc.org
A business development service of the University of North Carolina system that provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. The primary focus is on management counseling, addressing issues including financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning, and feasibility assessment
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Loan Fund ProgramSelf-Help Credit Union926 Elizabeth Avenue, Ste. 302Charlotte, NC 28202Phone: 704-332-1514www.self-help.org
The SBE Loan Fund of $10 million is a public/private fund established to assist small businesses with gaining access to capital. The program is administered by Self-Help Credit Union through a partnership with the City of Charlotte. Existing for-profit businesses that are located with the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area that are in need of capital yet considered just below “bankable” by traditional lenders may apply to be given consideration for the program.
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive; business owners are encouraged to seek technical assistance from a provider of their choice, regardless of whether or not the provider is reflected on this list. Fees for services provided are set at the sole discretion of the provider. Further, upon an initial consultation with the business owner, Technical Assistance Providers may refer the business to a subsequent technical assistance provider.
For businesses seeking financial assistance, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools makes no representation that the above organizations will be able to secure financing for the proposed business project.