Services and Resources
#COVID19 UPDATE: Due to the #CARESAct, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if your previous application was declined or still pending.
Apply now: www.SBA.gov/Disaster
Learn more: www.sba.gov/coronavirus
The Small Business Center Network is here to assist you and your business with resources and assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We work in partnership with a number of Federal, State and Local organizations to provide the information and strategies to help your business move forward. Our experienced business counselors can assist North Carolina’s business owners and farmers with:
- General Business Counseling
- Business Continuity and Strategic Planning
- Loan Application Assistance
- Financial Projections and Cash Flow Management
- Marketing Assistance
- Provision of Resource Information
- Referral to Appropriate Agencies and Sources of Assistance
- 1X1 Confidential Business Counseling is Free and Can Be Requested Here
- Live and Streaming Webinars
- Preparing Your Business for the Threat of Coronavirus (Online-Webex) - 3/25/2020 2:00-3:30 PM
- WEBINAR: Best Practices for Communicating with Customers and Employees in Light of COVID-19 (Online) - 3/26/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
- WEBINAR:Prepare Your Business to Borrow Money Now Before Negative Economic Shifts (Online) - 3/31/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
- WEBINAR: Keeping Customers and Employees Safe During Unsettling Times (Online) - 4/2/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
- WEBINAR: Promoting Your Business and Products in a Crisis (Online) - 4/4/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
- WEBINAR: Ideas to Keep Cash Flowing During a Pandemic Shutdown (Online) - 4/7/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
- WEBINAR: How to Manage Employees as Coronavirus Spreads (Online) - 4/9/2020 9:30-10:30 AM
Detailed Resource Guides:
NC Business Relief Resources Re: COVID-19
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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 is a valuable resource.
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.
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 A-B Tech Enka 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
- government contracting
Register NOW for a free business counseling session with Small Business Center staff, or with one of our many professional advisors,
The Small Business Center is always seeking presenters with new ideas for an 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 A-B Tech Enka 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.
The Carolina Small Business Development Fund 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.
|The mission of the Western Women's Business Center (WWBC) is to provide technical assistance, capital and programs that reduce the barriers and serve as a catalyst to the success of women entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina.||
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.||The 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. The SBTDC is committed to providing knowledge, education and other supportive resources that enable existing small and mid-sized businesses, emerging and local/state leaders to innovate and succeed. Through the experience and skill of SBTDC staff across our statewide network of 16 university-affiliated offices, we are able to reach and serve a diverse client base and quickly support their changing needs.
|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.||
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.
|“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 grows Asheville’s startup community and connects high-growth entrepreneurs to talent, mentors and investors through unique programming and events. We measure progress in terms of high-growth ventures created, seed and venture capital invested and high salary jobs generated||
The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System, headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC). The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
|Internal Revenue Service: Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center|