Explore Asheville is collecting business support information and financial resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. This section is a result of that research. Although it should not be considered a comprehensive list, we will continue to update it as we uncover more information.
Asheville SCORE is a national, nonprofit, volunteer organization of successful executives who provide free business consulting services to entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals that want to start a company or expand an existing business.
Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Founded in 1990, the Carolina Small Business Development Fund (previously known as The Support Center) is a statewide, nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small business loans, financial training to businesses, and lending services to community-based organizations. Since 2010, the CSBDF has invested $32.7 million in 458 small businesses across North Carolina helping to create or retain more than 1,018 jobs.
Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $150,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who are unable to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources with a particular focus on low-income, minority, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs, and businesses that operate within the local food system.
They also offer highly customized peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners. MBW’s coaching helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.
Pisgah Legal Services
Self-Help Credit Union
Self Help Credit Union makes numerous business loans and offers the Golden LEAF Small Business Assistance Fund, which aims to create jobs by helping businesses expand. Priority industries include healthcare, construction, green industries, agriculture or manufacturing.
Small Business Center at The BASE
The Small Business Center (SBC) at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College fosters and supports entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development. The SBC provides:
- Free one-on-one, confidential business counseling for startups and small businesses
- Free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes in key areas such as bookkeeping, pay-per-click advertising and more
- Free business resource library featuring books and audio/video as well business plan software
Other Agencies & Organizations Offering Information
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce