Due to COVID-19, our offices are temporarily closed but our staff continues to work remotely and will be available by email and phone to assist you.

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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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COVID-19

Updates for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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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.

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Mecklenburg County Small Business Loan Program

Are you an entrepreneur looking to grow your business? Does your business need a facelift, curb appeal or new equipment?

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2020 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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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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Eastern Women's Entrepreneurship Center

The Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (EWEC) was created through a partnership with Elizabeth City State University. It provides an ecosystem of support to entrepreneurs in Northeastern 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. The Center’s purpose is to: inspire, connect, encourage, and support startups, students and existing entrepreneurs.

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Success Stories

One of the most rewarding things about working at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund is being able to see people realize their dreams.

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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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Research Program

Our work is shaped by evidence-based and apolitical research highlighting why small businesses are the foundation of economic development.

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Theory to Practice: COVID-19’s economic cost is emerging, and it’s worse than we thought. We need to think outside the box to save small businesses.

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Theory to Practice: Small businesses, economic development, and the black swan of a COVID-19 pandemic.

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Southern Bank awards $50,000 to Carolina Small Businesses to support small businesses in Eastern North Carolina

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Our Lending Impact

$63M

Total investment in the region

765

Total loans for new and existing businesses

2,564

Total  jobs created and retained