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Carolina Small Business Development Fund creates economic opportunities across North Carolina.
We support communities by helping entrepreneurs build the businesses of their dreams.

We are dream catchers.

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Your journey begins here. But It's not just a loan. You’ll gain access to capital, the skills to manage debt and build credit, and resources for financial education. To apply for a loan, please complete our online application.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Carolina Small Business Development Fund in partnership with Shaw University has established an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Southeast Downtown Raleigh. The Center’s purpose is to: inspire, connect, encourage, and support startups, students and existing entrepreneurs.

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Western Women's Business Center

The mission of the Western Women’s Business Center is to provide capital, high quality technical assistance, and programs that reduce barriers and serve as a catalyst to the success of women entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina.

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Programa Empresarial Latino

Nuestra misión es proporcionar servicios de préstamos, asistencia técnica y herramientas de gestión empresarial a los empresarios hispanos y la comunidad latina en Carolina del Norte; en especial a aquellos que están social o económicamente en desventaja o desatendidos.

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Innovator's Journey

Do you want to connect with large suppliers in order to grow your business? The Innovator's Journey (InJ) Program is a statewide learning program in person and online, that allows you to navigate through a standard workflow and helps small businesses gain access to capital and contract opportunities to grow their businesses by providing entrepreneurial education and training opportunities.

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Eastern Women's Entrepreneurship Center

The Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (EWEC) was created through a partnership between Carolina Small Business Development and Elizabeth City State University to provide an ecosystem of support to female entrepreneurs that will provide sustainable growth and job creation in Northeastern North Carolina.

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Coach helps mother of three bring small business dream to life

When Cheryle Lakes decided to start a venture to serve expecting mothers, Blooming Baby 4D, it was only natural she wasn’t always sure what to do. But she was glad she could pick up the phone and call an advisor with Carolina Small Business Development Fund for assistance.

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Theory to Practice: There are many policies to promote community and economic development – which ones are used by North Carolina’s cities and counties?

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Theory to Practice: You’ve heard about the pay gap for women – but what about the entrepreneurship gap?

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5th Annual Western Women’s Business Conference sparks inspiration to ‘Build Your Tribe to Build Your Business’

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Our Lending Impact

$59.9M

Total investment in the region

738

Total loans for new and existing businesses

2,376

Total  jobs created and retained