Small Business Assistance

If you’re interested in starting your own business or improving the one you already have, these organizations have a wealth of resources to help your business grow.

Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce
(252) 335-4365

Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce

Membership organization dedicated to helping you network and promote your business and to improving the business environment in our community.

Elizabeth City Downtown Inc.
(252) 338-4104

Elizabeth City Downtown Inc.

Central resource for potential investors, visitors and residents interested in our historic waterfront downtown.

College of The Albemarle’s Small Business Center
(252) 335-0821 Ext. 2231

College of The Albemarle’s Small Business Center

No-cost help with business planning, starting up, marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and management in Elizabeth City as well as in COA’s 7-county service area.

Small Business & Technology Development Center
(252) 335-3247

ECSU’s Small Business & Technology Development Center

Geared primarily to assist seasoned businesses, SBTDC offers help with financial management and retooling, marketing, and technology development and commercialization.

Northeastern Workforce Development Board
David Whitmer
Business Services Representative
252-426-5753 ext. 231
512 South Church Street
P.O. Box 646
Hertford, North Carolina 27944

Northeastern Workforce Development Board

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board offers Incumbent Workforce (IWG) and On-the-Job-Training (OJT) grants to eligible businesses. IWG allows business to receive up to $25,000 in a year with a $40,000 lifetime maximum to upgrade the skills of current workers. OJT pays 50% of a newly hired employee’s salary for up to six months.

Area businesses that have taken advantage of IWG include:

  • Albemarle Boats
  • Bluewater Restoration, Inc.
  • Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation
  • Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
  • Motions Sensors, Inc.
  • Regulator Marine, Inc.
  • Swimme & Son Building Contractors, Inc.
  • TCOM, L.P.
  • Universal Forest Products, Inc.

To ensure that the skills of our region’s workforce meet the needs of local businesses, NWDB works closely with other business-assistance agencies, such as the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, and with approved training providers including the College of the Albemarle.

River City Community Development Center
(252) 331-2925

River City Community Development Center

River City Community Development Corporation provides comprehensive services for start-ups and existing businesses. Our primary focus is confidential business counseling and technical assistance addressing:

  • Business Planning & Development
  • Financing & Micro-lending
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Financial Analysis
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Stategic Planning
  • Capacity Building

Micro-loans available through the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and Self-Help Credit Union. Our business incubators, located in downtown Elizabeth City, serves both as a business incubator and is the home of our corporate office.

North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service
(800) 227-0264

North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service

IES helps your company deploy latest technologies and best practices in both engineering and business management to increase productivity, efficiency, quality – and profits.


Business Link North Carolina
(919) 807-4280
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm EST

Business Link North Carolina

Congratulations on starting your business in North Carolina. The first step is contacting Business Link North Carolina and speaking with one of our Business Counselors. This is a free service.

BLNC counselors provide:

  • One-on-one client consultations
  • Customized state license requirements
  • Access to hands on assistance for writing your business plan
  • Employer and business structure forms
  • Funding programs and resources
  • Minority programs
  • Assistance with government contracting and procurement
  • Referrals to Local, State & Federal business services, programs & resources
  • A Small Business Ombudsman to work on your behalf to resolve issues with State Government Agencies

Welcome to BLNC and the vast network of resources to help your business start, grow and expand.

North Carolina Military Business Center
(910) 323-4587

North Carolina Military Business Center

North Carolina Military Business Center LogoThe North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a collaborative effort between North Carolina business and industry and the North Carolina Community College System. With satellite locations at Craven Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College and Wayne Community College, the NCMBC works through the 53 Small Business Centers at the other Community Colleges across the state to provide services. The mission of the Military Business Center is to leverage the presence of the military in North Carolina to promote economic development and quality of life for all.