Grow Your Own Biz - No or Low-Cost Business Counseling

Resource Links & Information

Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center Network
funded through a grant from the state of North Carolina, so counseling services and training seminars are available at no cost. For information and seminar registrations, call: (828) 327.7000, ext 4117. For counseling services, program and course questions, call: (828) 327.7000, ext 4102.

 

Caldwell Community College Business Center
A network comprised of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information. A Small Business Center is located within 30 minutes of nearly everyone in the state at the local Community College.

 

Western Piedmont Community College Small Business Center
Provides free one-to-one counseling for business owners or prospective owners to assist them in getting started or with a specific area of concern. Counseling can cover a variety of topics ranging from licensing and marketing to patents and trademarks. Please complete this counseling request form to schedule your appointment or call (828) 448-6719.

 

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Offers one-on-one free counseling on the third Tuesday of every month (by appointment).

 

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
P.O. Box 1828 | Hickory, NC 28603 | Ph: 828.328.6111
Counseling is available by appointment through the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC)
Provides free, confidential business management counseling in the areas of financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning, strategy, feasibility assessment, government procurement, international, business development and technology development. Call (828) 345.1110 for an appointment.

 

NC State Industrial Extension Service
Industrial Extension Service at NC State University offers a variety of reasonably priced consulting services for manufactures in the areas of: construction, energy, environmental issues, facility layout and management, modern manufacturing methods, quality, health and safety. Call (828) 327.4550

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