Services and Resources
Small Business Center at the BASE
Where Business Meets Opportunity. Come Discover Yours NOW.
Looking to launch an entrepreneurial venture or grow a small business? The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Business Acceleration Site in Enka (BASE) is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network (SBCN), a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises. In other words, we aim to increase the number of viable businesses across the state by providing high quality, accessible assistance to small business owners, which in turn, leads to job creation and retention. So whether you are exploring entrepreneurship or you are an experienced business owner, the Small Business Center at the BASE is a valuable resource for small businesses in Buncombe and Madison counties.
Online Entrepreneurship Training (No Charge)
Now available through the A-B Tech SBC, the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global, online program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners a chance to further develop much needed business skills. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced (do it on your own time), interactive, and full of key strategies and practical exercises. All you have to do is register to start now.
Starting or growing your business? Need to add to your list of skills to ensure success in your new venture? The Small Business Center provides a variety of training including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on a variety of valuable business topics such as: basic bookkeeping, software training (like QuickBooks), web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more. Most of our business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee. To view upcoming seminars and register, click here.
Professional Business Counseling
Need answers for your business? We provide free, one-on-one confidential counseling for your small business and startup venture. Whether you need help on business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem solving, or cash flow management, we can provide you with the expert assistance you need. As a service to the Buncombe and Madison county areas, the Asheville, NC Small Business Center at the A-B Tech Enka site also provides access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals in multiple areas such as:
- business management
- human resources
- marketing and branding
- web design
- process improvement
- infrastructure development
- Federal acquisition
- Life strategy coach
To register for a free business counseling session with Small Business Center staff, as well as with one of our many professional advisors, click here.
The Small Business Center is always seeking presenters with new ideas for interesting course and seminar topics. If you have an idea for a class or seminar, the desire to teach, and meet the below requirements please submit an .
• Degree, accreditation, licensure and/or experience in the subject to be taught
• Minimum of three years of experience in your specific instructional area
• Current or previous business ownership experience
• Teaching or training experience with adult learners
• Ability to communicate effectively
Small Business Resources
The Small Business Center features a library located at the BASE that provides professional resources to increase your business knowledge. Business books and audio/video recordings can be borrowed from the SBC library. Computers are available to provide access to internet business resources, as well as business plan software. The SBC resource room and library are open during regular SBC hours, and are free and available to the public.
For more information about the services and resources we offer, please email SBCIncubator@abtech.edu or call 828.398.7950.
In addition, please follow the link resources listed below for helpful information on starting and running a business in NC.
|In serving Western North Carolina, AdvantageWest – recognized as one of the most innovative economic development partnerships in the US – catalyzes enterprise that springs from the pioneers, the groundbreakers, the trendsetters for which these mountains are so well known.||Business Link North Carolina offers a central source for consultations, information and referrals... just the help you need to tap into all the State has to offer.||NC Community College System|
|The NC Department of Commerce site serves as a one-stop resource for small businesses and start-up companies with big ideas.||SBA Regional Office||The U.S. Small Business Administration delivers millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.|
|The Small Business Center Network offers a wide range of programs and services for existing and prospective business owners.||The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984.||Venture Asheville creates and connects trusted networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors who collaborate to build high-growth ventures.|