ABOUT OUR PARTNER

The Institute’s Women’s Business Center of Charlotte’s mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship for Women in 12 counties surrounding the Charlotte Statistical Area (CSA). It is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)* and the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development Inc. (NCIMED).

The WBCC empowers women by offering essential tools and resources that are imperative to establish businesses, stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, and strategize for future growth that supports and contributes to the growth and economic development of the community.

 The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte serves twelve (12) Counties (Anson, Alexander, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanley Union) through in-depth substantive out-come driven business services such as one-on-one counseling, loan preparation, certification assistance, business and professional development, and other focused seminars, workshops, and training. The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte supports women-owned businesses throughout many phases of their entrepreneurial journey from concept to launch and they focus on building relationships, building strong businesses, and building confidence.

Their small business experts offer:

  • Customized, one-on-one business counseling
  • Seminars and classes focused on key business topics, such as marketing, finance, certification, and small business resources
  • Review and feedback on written business plans
  • Loan package preparation assistance and lender referrals
  • Certification assistance and review
  • Global business development assistance
  • Networking opportunities to find mutual support, access to resources and business referrals

*It is funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the City of Charlotte. SBA’s cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any options, products or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA and NCIMED programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

STARTING

Create Your Business Plan

Twenty-six percent of Small Business start-ups are as a result of individuals stating they are ready to be their own boss.  Being your own boss and managing a business takes more than a concept.  Your business plan is a critical component of starting a business. For women entrepreneurs developing their business plan, the Women’s Business Center of Charlotte is available to review and offer feedback on written business plans. Learn more and schedule your one-on-one appointment now!

Counseling and Training

The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte proudly supports MWSBEs with one-on-one business counseling to help women entrepreneurs start, grow, and to manage sustainability in their business. They also host various free seminars and classes focused on a variety of key business topics, such as marketing, finance, certification, branding, business plan development, and more. Visit them online to learn more about their programs and training opportunities!

The Women’s Business Center offers a wealth of seminars in the 12 County region within the State of North Carolina, partnering with other business resource providers, subject matter experts, and volunteers to help deliver impactful material and expert advice and information. The services are designed to ensure program success across the spectrum of the 12 County Region to enhance economic empowerment. For more information, visit the Women’s Business Center online, or visit their calendar to see if they’re hosting any upcoming events.

  • Annual Women’s Conference
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Development 
  • Business Development
  • Product Development
  • Financial Management 
  • Business Management
  • Supply Chain Management

GROWING

One-On-One Business Advising

If you’re an entrepreneur facing challenges, unsure about how to move forward, you have tons of ideas and not sure how to take your concept to execution, don’t suffer alone and in silence, talking to an expert can help. This is why the Women’s Business Center of Charlotte provides personalized, one-on-one counseling to women-owned businesses. They help you to put strategic plans in place to build a strong infrastructure as well as work with you to understand the importance of getting the data needed to build a viable business – Schedule your first session now!

Other opportunities for gaining insightful information – The WBCC offers MidWeek Lunch Spotlight sessions that highlight Community Engagement with resources partners that offer business resource information relative to crises, emergencies, sustainability, and resiliency

Export Assistance, Research & Statistics

Did you know that the Women’s Business Center of Charlotte can point you in the right direction for assistance with your Exporting Needs? They have partners and resources to help you with this process. For assistance with documentation, legal and regulatory compliance, intercultural awareness, and technology resources, contact the Women’s Business Center today so that you can get assistance to move your products tomorrow!

Business Associations

Hey, women-owned businesses! The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte offers networking opportunities to help you find mutual support, access to resources, and business referrals. Their Women’s B2B Groups are a great way for you to get connected, share your ideas, and find reliable business vendors. If you are new to the area, be sure to check us out! Visit us online, or check out the calendar to view upcoming events.

  • Did You Know Virtual Chat’s Every Friday at 3:00 pm – News Updates on Latest Lending, Financing, Financial Management, Health & Technology Tips.
  • Sip of Monday Motivation Virtual  Format – Every Monday @ 9:00 am for Inspiration and Motivation.
  • Annual Conferences – Summits and Leadership Development Sessions. 
  • Forward Focus Future Girl Talk – This platform is designed to allow women a safe place to escape from feeling alienated and judged – here you will build relationships, make connections, and be empowered with tips & tools to not only move your business forward; but to move you!

FINANCING

Counseling and Training

Through their relationships with banks, community development funds, angel investors, and credit unions, the Women’s Business Center of Charlotte assists clients with access to capital and loan packaging. They offer support for women entrepreneurs in a variety of ways, including business plan review feedback, loan package preparation assistance, financial review, and lender referrals. Learn more about how the Women’s Business Center can help you through the financing process and more!

    • Start-Up Budget Assistance
    • Basic Finance Management Assistance
    • Risk Management & Insurance
    • Financial Resiliency Through Crisis

Twenty-nine percent of small businesses fail as a result of running out of cash; thirty-four percent of small businesses start their businesses by obtaining traditional lending. The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte stays abreast of traditional and non-traditional funding sources and community loan programs to help MWSBEs get the financing they need. They are committed to working with you so that your numbers make sense to you and to your lender. Visit them online to learn more!

  • Loan Packaging Assistance
  • Financial Budget & Projection Overview
  • Start-Up Budget Assistance 
  • Financial Impact of Hiring
  • Competitive Analysis Resources
  • Market Share Analysis Resources

CONTRACTING

Opportunities

The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte helps women-owned businesses with government contracting by offering technical, hands-on assistance for certifications and bidding opportunities. Here are a few of the other ways the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina can help you navigate through contracts:

  • They are partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA), Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program, North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), and other certifying agencies and certification assistance programs to help their clients succeed.
  • They support, attend, and exhibit at procurement events such as Marketplace, a reverse trade show for businesses.
  • They perform business matchmaking with government agencies such as the State HUB office and other states, federal and local coordinators.
  • They provide opportunity referrals for private industries and governments.
  • They offer several training sessions throughout the year that focus on SBE, DBE, M/WSBE, WOSB, VOSB Certification.

Contact the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina; connect with the individuals and resources you need to learn everything you ever wanted to know about contracting in Charlotte.

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9115 Harris Corners Pkwy
Suite 440
Charlotte, NC 28269

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