Carolina Small Business helps small businesses succeed by providing access to affordable capital, guidance and tools for entrepreneurs to achieve success, and a voice for the needs of small businesses.
Almost 87 percent of businesses in North Carolina have fewer than 20 employees. Those businesses account for 17 percent of all employment within the state.
Since 2010, Carolina Small Business has funded 663 loans, totaling $50.5 million, which have in turn helped create or retain 2,314 jobs in communities across the state.
We have also provided over 3,000 entrepreneurs with business coaching, one-on-one technical assistance, training, and business education.
What that Means for NC
These “Main Street” businesses—shops, restaurants, service providers, and others—are the economic engines of healthy communities.
They create jobs, generate community wealth, and support supply chains for larger businesses.
The workers they employ spend on goods and services locally, save for their futures, and pay taxes that generate revenue to support our publicly funded programs and services.
Regions at a Glance
North West10 Loans$.9 Million18 Jobs
Piedmont Triad50 Loans$3.8 Million135 Jobs
North Central229 Loans$16.6 Million951 Jobs
North East56 Loans$4.0 Million174 Jobs
South East50 Loans$5.2 Million126 Jobs
Sandhills40 Loans$3.7 Million127 Jobs
South West117 Loans$9.1 Million459 Jobs
Western103 Loans$6.9 Million320 Jobs
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.
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.