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Our Story

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.

Our Story


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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3rd Annual Western Women's Business Center Conference: Her Story, Her Journey

We invite you to join us at our 3rd Annual Western Women's Business Center Conference: Her Story, Her Journey, in partnership with A-B Tech Small Business Center.

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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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North Carolina Small Business Recovery Fund

Was your business damaged during Hurricane Matthew, or the recent Tropical Storms or Western wildfires? You may be eligible for assistance.

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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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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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KW Collards

KW Collards began in 2009 when Kizito Wademi formulated a special recipe to make his collard greens tasty without meat products. One year later, in 2010, his collard greens product was on the grocery shelves of four local health food stores, and the following year, in 2011, KW Collards was named the Top Selling Item of the Year in Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest health food store chain. Newspaper interviews, magazine articles and social media reviews followed, and soon customer patrons of larger grocery retailers began asking for the product to fill their shelves.

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Can cities achieve inclusive growth?

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Converting to employee ownership to combat the “Silver Tsunami”

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Carolina Small Business Staff Spotlight: Amber Banks

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Our Lending Impact

$38 Million

Total investment since 2010


Total loans for start-ups and existing businesses


Total jobs created or maintained