Community Business Resources

Successful businesses make successful downtowns! Do you want to start or expand your business? Here you will find available resources for business start-ups in Rocky Mount.

Professional Resources

  • Small Business Center at Nash Community College
    The SBC offers a variety of workshops and courses to help small businesses be successful. A schedule of dates and times for upcoming seminars and workshops can be found on their website. The SBC of NCC also offers a Small Business Development Series which includes the following seminars:

    • How to Start A Business
    • How to Write a Business Plan
    • Financing a Business
    • Marketing
    • Bookkeeping and Taxes

    These seminars are free and are offered to potential and existing entrepreneurs. The SBC resource center is free and open to the public.
    Contact: Theresa Peaden | 252-451-8233
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  • Edgecombe Community College Small Business Center
    The Small Business Center (SBC) is part of a statewide network designed to support the development and growth of small businesses. The mission is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in Edgecombe county by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners.
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  • The Institute NC
    The Institute works with small businesses, large multinational corporations, local governments and state leaders to open doors of opportunity and create an environment where businesses of all kinds grow and thrive.
    Contact: 919-956-8889
    http://www.theinstitutenc.org/
  • Small Business and Technology Development Center
    North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides counseling, education and resources to small and mid-sized businesses.
    Contact: 919-715-7272
    http://www.sbtdc.org

  • NEED
    Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development
    Contact: 252-442-8503
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  • OIC
    Opportunities Industrialization Center: Provides comprehensive employment, training, business and health services that strengthen opportunities for people in the community.
    Contact: 252-977-3730

Funding Resources

  • Self Help Credit Union
    Lending to individuals, small businesses and non-profits.
    Contact: 252-977-7722
  • Carolina Small Business Development Fund
    Carolina Small Business is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Lending to start-ups and existing businesses across the state, with emphasis on businesses that have difficulty accessing financing through traditional lending sources.
    Contact: 252-231-2898
    https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/

Local Networking Opportunities

  • Downtown Merchant’s Association
    The Downtown Merchant’s Association is an organization of individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups working together to invest, grow, promote, and develop opportunity in Rocky Mount’s Center City.
    Contact: Tarrick Pittman | 252-366-9890
  • Women’s Professional Networking Group of Rocky Mount
    WPN meets every Tuesday from 8:00am – 9:15am at Hampton Inn 530 N. Winstead Ave Rocky Mount NC 27804
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