Services and Resources
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Multiple events are taking place during this week (and month) for both current and aspiring small business owners:
- Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw
- The Support Center Western Women’s Business Center workshop: https://thesupportcenter-nc.org/event/wwbc-small-business-week-workshop
- Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week activities: http://www.ashevillechamber.org/smallbusinessweek
Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka
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 A-B Tech Enka 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 A-B Tech Enka 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. Please use Chrome for the best user experience. 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 instructor interest form.
• 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.
|BioNetwork provides high-quality economic and workforce development for the biotechnology and life science industries across North Carolina through education, training, and laboratory resources.||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.||BLUE RIDGE FOOD VENTURES is an 11,000-square-foot shared-use kitchen and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development, guidance through the maze of government regulations, equipment for bottling and packaging, advice on marketing and label design, and much more.|
|Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center||The mission of the Manufacturing Solutions Center is to help US manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and improve efficiency to create or retain jobs.||Mountain BizWorks is a non-profit that helps local small businesses start, grow, and create jobs through loans, classes, and coaching.|
|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.||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.||SCORE is a team of successful executives provides FREE business consulting services to entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals that want to start a company or expand an existing business in Asheville, Boone or anywhere else in Western North Carolina.|
|Self-Help's mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. We do this 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.||Success in Business Podcast is a weekday show that provides how-to advice for entrepreneurs. Tom Ryan is a Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur in Residence in Asheville, NC.||
The Rural Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.
|The Support Center is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small business loans and financial training to start-ups and existing businesses and lending services to community-based organizations.||“Census Business Builder brings together demographic and economic data, which are invaluable resources for those looking to start or expand a small business,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “The combination of these data sets give business owners a detailed portrait of both the consumer and economic environments. Our new tool is also helpful for anyone interested in learning more about their community.”||Venture Asheville creates and connects trusted networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors who collaborate to build high-growth ventures.|