(RALEIGH, NC) – Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) announces the launch of its Eastern Women’s Business Center (EWBC), in partnership with Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to provide an ecosystem of support to women entrepreneurs that will sustain high growth businesses and job creation.
CSBDF and ECSU collaborated to launch the first ever EWBC housed on the campus of ECSU to promote women entrepreneurship, foster a collaborative culture, create business growth opportunities and elevate the concept of small business training and development.
The mission of the EWBC 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 Northeastern North Carolina. CSBDF will fully support the Eastern Women’s Business Center by promoting and providing access to capital to eligible entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners. CSBDF will also provide high quality technical assistance, one-on-one counseling, networking, marketing opportunities and programs.
“We are excited about the opening of the Eastern Women’s Business Center. Our partnership with ECSU extends our mission to help women entrepreneurs and provide training and technical assistance to underserved markets in Northeastern North Carolina. We are committed to helping women entrepreneurs who still face unique obstacles in the world of business and hope to bridge the gap by providing access to capital and resources,” said Lenwood V. Long, Sr., President/CEO of CSBDF.
Caitlin Davis was appointed to serve as the Director of the EWBC. In her role, Caitlin will provide one-on-one counseling and business services to women entrepreneurs as well as originate loans in underserved markets in Northeastern North Carolina region.
“The goal of the Eastern Women’s Business Center is to help small business owners and women entrepreneurs find what they are passionate about and what they love to do in life. I am excited to be part of this organization and help the residents of Northeastern North Carolina achieve success,” said Caitlin Davis, Director of the EWBC.
The EWBC will offer the following services in support of its mission:
- Access to capital
- One-on-one business counseling and in-depth business coaching
- Educational opportunities
- Group technical assistance workshops
- Certification assistance for Federal and local programs
“Elizabeth City State University is committed to sustainable economic growth in Northeastern North Carolina. Our collaboration with CSBDF in their establishment of the Eastern Women’s Business Center demonstrates our commitment that will result in bringing critically needed expertise and resources to cultivate in the region,” said ECSU Chancellor Conway.
The EWBC office is currently located at Williams Hall on ECSU campus. The office will be moving to Kermit E. White, the Graduate and Continuing Education Center building on ECSU campus, on October 2017. For more information, visit www.carolinasmallbusiness.org or contact Janice Rojas at 919.928.5101.
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About Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Carolina Small Business Development Fund, previously known as The Support Center, has a mission to foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services, and policy research to support small businesses. Since 2010, CSBDF has invested more than $39.3 million through 551 loans to small businesses across North Carolina helping to create or retain more than 1,754 jobs. For more information, please visit www.carolinasmallbusiness.org.
ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.