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Check out Brian Hamilton Foundation’s free educational resources to help you get started, such as their online courses used worldwide, Starter U and Starter High. These courses are self-paced and represent decades of business experience to help entrepreneurs get their business off the ground and thrive. The courses also address important growth topics such as hiring, financing, marketing, expansion, legal infrastructure, and more.
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!
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.
Hiring is a major part of starting a business, and Catapult provides a wide range of human resources services. From compliance advice to sample policies, Catapult serves as a resource and sounding board for entrepreneurs seeking HR support at start-up and beyond.
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance 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. Many are accessible through the Library’s website at cmlibrary.org/resources. 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!
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.
Starting a business is hard, but the Central Piedmont 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 Central Piedmont!
If you’re looking for something a little more personal, the Small Business Center also offers free one-on-one business counseling. Central Piedmont 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 a startup you can register for free one-on-one assistance here.
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.