/Starting a Business

Updated on: March 31, 2017
Preparing to starting a new business is as invigorating as it is challenging. From assessing your readiness to be an entrepreneur to launching your business and everything in between, Charlotte has the resources to help position you and your business for success.

Carolina Small Business Development Fund offers lending assistance to startups and existing businesses that have difficulty accessing financing through traditional lending sources. Special financing options are also available for veteran-owned businesses. For more information on their loan products, visit them online!

Becoming a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce (CMBCC) represents your commitment to your business and the community. CMBCC offers education, resources and networking opportunities to its members, as well as brand visibility in their Member Directory, access to opportunities to grow and connect, and much more. Visit the CMBCC online to learn more or join today, and take advantage of member exclusive opportunities like My BIG Program, a 10-week business education series to help you start and grow your business.

Calling all women entrepreneurs! NAWBO Charlotte helps women in the Charlotte region move their businesses forward by sharing resources and providing training, education and networking opportunities.

Additionally, the National NAWBO organization offers access to regional and national educational and networking seminars, a voice in public policy creation at a national level, and discounts from national corporate partners. Join NAWBO and learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.

By becoming a member of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte (LACCC), entrepreneurs have access to the contacts, opportunities and tools they need to get started. Learn more about your membership options.

The Charlotte Chamber can tell you everything you need to know about starting a business in Charlotte. From market research to networking opportunities, members and non-members alike can benefit from the Charlotte Chamber’s resources.

Sample business plans, business research tools, searchable databases and much more are all available on the second floor of the Main Library. Also available is The Foundation Center’s collection of materials for nonprofits and grants!

The City of Charlotte is constantly striving to make Charlotte an even better place to live and work. For tools and information that will help you start your business, visit them online!

Charlotte Works can help you get started with labor market information, assessment of hiring needs, recruitment assistance, on-the-job training grants and more. These services are provided at no cost to you!

What’s the game plan? Charlotte SCORE offers resources to help you create your business plan, including a workbook that highlights the simple steps for starting your business. Visit their website to learn more, or call SCORE Charlotte directly at 704-344-6576.

What does it take to start a business in North Carolina? With SBTDC’s Business Start-Up Resource Guide (pdf), you can take the first steps to planning your business, assessing yourself as a business owner, determining feasibility and much, much more. Access the PDF here!

Starting a business is emotional; it’s exciting and challenging and surreal, all at the same time. The SBA’s Starting a Business Toolkit offers resources to help you learn what it takes to start a business. Not sure if you’re quite ready to take the leap? The SBA also offers a Small Business Readiness Assessment Guide to help you better understand how prepared you really are to start your business.

Hiring is a major part of starting a business, and The Employers Association provides a wide range of human resources services. From compliance advice to sample policies, The Employers Association serves as a resource and sounding board for entrepreneurs seeking HR support.

Starting a business is hard, but the CPCC Small Business Center makes things a little bit easier. Take advantage of free small business webinars and seminars to build foundational skills; go from idea to execution with CPCC!

If you’re looking for something a little more personal, the Small Business Center also offers free one-on-one business counseling. CPCC Small Business Center counselors are available to evaluate your business plan and help you address specific concerns about your business. If you’re looking for an expert to help you navigate startup or growth challenges, or even if you just need a sounding board, you can register for free here.


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