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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    Visit Edgecombe Community College’s SBC on Facebook
  • 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
  • SpringBoard NC
    START. GROW. CAPITALIZE. SpringBoard NC is designed to foster and support entrepreneurship in the I-95 / Hwy 64 Region of North Carolina. Working in conjunction with various regional partners, SpringBoard NC facilitates and hosts opportunities for entrepreneurs to engage with their peers, obtain affordable business advisory services, and gain access to funding sources for their business.
    Contact: (252) 567-8883
    Email
    www.springboardnc.com
  • NEED
    Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development
    Contact:(252) 442-8503
  • 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
  • The Support Center
    The Support Center offers loans directly as well as through their affiliated credit unions with support from federal and state funding. It focuses on specific loan products that are not easily available through traditional bank services. They are currently offering two programs for small business owners: USDA Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and NC Small Business Development Loan Program.
    Contact: (252) 231-2898
  • 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

  • YoPro
    The Twin Counties Young Professionals (YoPro) group was officially created in August 2015 as an outcome of the Here’s To Success Positive Image campaign. Here’s To Success is a regional marketing and communications effort for Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties area in North Carolina to improve perceptions about the region. The purpose of the YoPro group is to provide opportunities for young professionals to connect with each other and the community.
    Email
    Visit Website
  • 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
    Visit Downtown RMA on Facebook
  • 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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  • The Young Ambassadors Circle
    The Young Ambassadors Circle also known as YAC is a young professionals organization created to support the Nash Health Care Foundation’s purpose which is “To advance the mission of Nash Health Care Systems through advocacy, education, fundraising, relationships and stewardship.”
    Phone: 252-985-8585
    Email
    Visit Website

Additional Tools & Education

If you have questions or would like to submit or request additional business start-up information, please complete the form below, or give us a call at 252-972-1352.

Contacts For Business Owners

Discipline Contact Information Contact For
Small Business Alan Matthews
252-972-1213
Email
  • General development and development approval process questions
  • General zoning ordinance requirements
  • Economic development assistance & site selection
Development Services Joseth Bocook
252-972-1172
Email
  • Detailed zoning ordinance requirements
  • Site plan review
  • City master plan
  • Variance requests
Downtown Development John Jesso
252-972-1267
Email
  • Downtown promotion
  • Downtown business assistance
  • Downtown master plan
Building Inspectors Justin Floyd
252-972-1110
Email
  • Building code requirements
  • Required building permits
  • Sign code
Public Works Jonathan Boone
252-972-1290
Email
  • Utility locations
  • Water & sewer requirements and tap fees
Engineering Brad Kerr
252-972-1121
Email
  • Detailed site design
  • Engineering requirements
Fire Mark Rogerson
252-972-1380
Email
  • Fire inspections
Police Yvette Jones
252-972-1436
Email
  • Crime statistics
City Clerk Kream Mosley
252-972-1319
Email
  • Council meeting minutes
  • Legal records
  • Contracts, easements, property deeds
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