State resources under the purview of the Office of the Commissioner for Small Business:
- Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) provides business consulting and referral services for businesses and industries of all sizes. The toll-free number is 1-800-228-8443.
- N.C. Small Business Center Network (SBCN), operated through the Community College System, is the largest state-supported small business assistance program, serving over 70,000 North Carolinians each year through 61 centers located throughout the state. Potential or current small business owners can take advantage of high-quality, readily accessible assistance that includes: free, confidential one-on-one business counseling services; resource and referral information for a variety of business needs; and high-impact seminars and classes available free of charge or for a minimal registration fee.
- N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is North Carolina’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Since 1984, the SBTDC has helped over 100,000 North Carolina business owners and prospective entrepreneurs make better decisions – often leading to increased revenue and employment. Our average established business client has experienced double-digit percentage increases in sales and employees soon after working with the SBTDC. Our clients also credit the SBTDC with saving revenues and jobs – an average of 4,000 NC jobs each year.
Other statewide, state-funded business resource providers offering services to small and mid-sized businesses are: