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Carolina Small Business was founded in 1990 to create economic opportunity in communities across North Carolina.

As a nonprofit and certified CDFI, we are passionate about supporting small businesses in underserved areas.

Because those who go into business for themselves should never be left by themselves.

We support communities by helping entrepreneurs build the businesses of their dreams.

We are dream catchers.


Our vision

To create economic opportunity for all people.

Our Mission

To foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services, and policy research to support small businesses.

We help small businesses succeed by supporting them in four ways. We are:

A partner for small business in the Carolinas.

Partnership is about more than loan approval. Our approach is personal. We build one-on-one relationships with our borrowers.

An accessible funding resource.

The capital we provide bridges a critical gap in funding access to ensure small businesses have the opportunity to flourish.

A trusted business guide.

Within a complex small business landscape, we provide the tools and guidance that allow entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

A small business advocate.

Our ongoing policy and research work will help to ensure the quality of our programs, while establishing the foundation for healthy small business ecosystems in the Carolinas.

Our Team

Our team brings a high level of competency, professionalism, dedication, and vision. The extraordinary passion the team brings for quality and excellence is reflected in all of the services we offer.

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Our Board

We have assembled a diverse and highly skilled board of directors with varying experiences that will significantly aid in achieving our mission to promote, create, and protect economic opportunity for everyone.

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Policy and Research

Carolina Small Business provides timely research on the broader economic impact that our small business lending programs and community development work. This analysis helps put forth thoughtful policy recommendations to strengthen our state’s economy.

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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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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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Financial Information

In the spirit of transparency, we have provided links to our financial statements, tax information, and our company's 2015 Annual Report. We hope you can see the true impact of all we do at Carolina Small Business.

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