D&B Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) Number
Register to get your DUNS number. Also, get the critical
information you need to grow your business.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Find out all of the latest tax laws here. Also, find all of the necessary
tax forms for your organization and yourself.
Score Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
The SCORE Association is a
nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation,
growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner
with the Small
Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Association volunteers serve
as "Counselors to America's Small Business." Working and retired
executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business
counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.
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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA can help you start a business, finance a business, manage a
business, and give you business opportunities.
N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
The SBTDC is a business development service of The University of North
Carolina system operated in partnership with the US Small Business
Administration (SBA). The SBTDC provides management counseling and
educational services to help North Carolina businesses meet challenges,
manage change, and plan for the future.
Self-Help offers a full range of small business loan products, from small
´┐Żmicroloans´┐?of several thousand dollars to larger loans of $5,000,000
or more. Each year, we make millions of dollars of loans to help businesses
just like yours. Loans are made to retail, service and manufacturing
businesses throughout North Carolina.
Interest rates vary based on the risk and expense associated with the
loan, but generally will be prime plus 1% or greater. The loan terms depend
on the useful life of the collateral and the use of loan proceeds.
Asheville Branch: 800-229-7428
Charlotte Branch: 800-394-7428
Durham Branch: 800-476-7428
Fayetteville Branch: 800-774-7966
Greensboro Branch: 800-269-7426
Greenville Branch: 800-893-9669
Wilmington Branch: 877-559-4284
Visit www.self-help.org to find out more.
N.C. Department of Commerce
system offers training in a variety of industries, from auto parts and
electronics manufacturers to bio-technology companies and data processing
centers. North Carolina also provides all qualified companies with
financial programs and advantages that will lower your costs of doing
business, thus impacting your company's bottom line.
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
CED provides programs and services in four major areas: education,
capital formation, mentoring, and communications.
Through these efforts, CED provides entrepreneurs with the knowledge and
skills that ensure their success and at the same time heightens awareness of
the contribution that entrepreneurial companies make to our communities and
our economy. CED was founded in 1984 to stimulate the creation and
growth of high impact companies in the greater Research Triangle area.
State of North Carolina's Business Information site
Corporate Names Database is a complete listing of information
registered for businesses in North Carolina. The Corporations
Division is responsible for the examination, custody and
maintenance of the legal documents filed by more than 320,000 corporations,
limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships.
GSA Schedule Assistance
The Government Channel Group, LLC can help you with:
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- Obtaining GSA schedule contract(s) or other agency specific contracts
- Providing strategic guidance for client product/services offerings
- Branding, positioning & marketing of client product/services
- Proposal Services
SBA Women's Business Center
Information on the SBA's programs and services, Business principles and
best practices, Market research, Management techniques, Financing your
business, Financial resources, Interactive mentoring, Individual
counseling, Government contracting information and opportunities, Topic
forums and newsgroups, Upcoming conferences and events, Extensive links
and resources, English plus Chinese, Icelandic, Japanese, Russian and
N.C. Community College System Small Business Center Network (SBCN)
The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN)
is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses
in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible
assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their
employees. Each Small Business Center (SBC) will be a community based
provider of education and training, counseling, information and referral.
Small Business Centers provide free, confidential counseling services for
new and existing businesses. Available on an as-needed basis, this
free, confidential service acts as a sounding board for ideas and concerns
you may have about your business. Our professional staff will help
you find solutions to your challenging business questions. No
question is too simple or complicated.
Capital Associated Industries, Inc. (CAI)
Here are a several of the services that CAI offers:
Telephone Assistance- Personal consulting on any
employment or human resources issue
North Carolina Employer's Desk Manual- Desktop
guide detailing state and federal regulations, laws, codes, and statutes
governing the workplace
Positive Employer-Employee Relations- Seminars and
personal consultation to improve relationships in the workplace
Compensation Surveys- Specialized surveys to target
pay plans for particular regions, industries, or jobs
Management Education Programs- Seminars and on-site
learning to improve staff development
Management Assessment Center- Analyzing current or
potential managers to make the most of advancement
Western Carolina Industries, Inc. (WCI)
More than 500 organizations maintain membership in WCI and enjoy ongoing
consulting and unlimited access to information resources. Membership is
available to companies in Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, Upstate
South Carolina, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Georgia.
Each year, thousands of individuals attend WCI programs, workshops and
seminars covering a wide spectrum of performance and quality-related issues.
All WCI training is available to members and non-members throughout the
A Handbook for Building Business Connectivity
e-NC is the grassroots initiative to link all North Carolinians -
especially those in rural areas - to the Internet.
Affordable Internet service will provide North Carolinians with increased
access to commerce, health care, education and government services. Through
the Internet, rural North Carolinians can utilize resources not located in
their areas, contact friends and experts, grow their businesses and increase
their personal knowledge - while preserving the lifestyle that is an
integral part of who they are.
A resource site for Native job seekers to locate employment at
Native-owned firms and as well as a place for employers to locate
qualified Native applicants. Job posting is FREE to American
Indian Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina Members. The job search is free to everyone.
Other great jobs working in and around the Native community are also listed!
N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI)
North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry is dedicated to
promoting the welfare of every citizen through the adoption of public
policies favorable to a pro-business, pro-growth, pro-jobs climate.
NCCBI works with both the public and private sectors to achieve progress
in public education, transportation, environmental protection, health
care, economic development, tax and fiscal policies, civil justice,
employment practices and general government.
They are also dedicated to informing the state's business and professional
communities on the many issues which affect their daily lives and we often
suggest ways they can help influence public policy.
Lobbying, publishing and networking are NCCBI's three main functions.
N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
The mission of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center is
to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve
the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. The center serves the
state's 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to
moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.
Created in 1987, the Rural Center operates a multi-faceted program that
includes conducting research into rural issues; advocating for policy and
program innovations; and building the productive capacity of rural
leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations.
The center is a private, non-profit organization, funded by both public
and private sources and led by a 50-member board of directors.
N.C. Employment Security Commission
Find out everything you need to know about unemployment tax.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The EEOC is in charge of enforcing the federal laws prohibiting job