Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship



Additional Links:

  • Central Piedmont Community College (already linked)
    • Information on grants, business plans, regional resources, women in business, market demographics, credit reporting agencies, legal requirements, and much more.
  • Business Resources Directory               
    • Looking for technical assistance or capital for your business? This guide provides detailed information on business resources available in North Carolina. 
  • Navigating Business Services in North Carolina         
    • Do you know what you need, but don’t know where to go for help? This directory assists small business owners in finding the services that fit their needs.
  • Federal Financial Assistance
  • North Carolina State Financial Assistance
  • Business Plan Template (Word - requries Microsoft Word)
    • This business plan template provides valuable guidance to individuals looking to start a new business.
  • Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)
    • Your business plan is the first impression on potential investors. Be sure to avoid these simple mistakes.
  • Natural Capital Investment Fund (PPT - requires Microsoft PowerPoint)
    • The NCIF makes subordinated debt and equity investments in environmental and natural resource-based small businesses. Its focus is on products, services and technologies in:
      • Value-added and sustainable agriculture
      • Sustainable forestry and forest products
      • Recycling and water conservation
      • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
      • Eco-and heritage tourism
      • Natural medicine
  • Rural Venture Fund (PPT - requires Microsoft PowerPoint)           
    • The Rural Venture Fund offers a variety of investments, from equity to subordinated debt, specifically designed for qualified businesses in economically distressed counties of North Carolina.
  • Inception Micro Angel Fund (PPT - requires Microsoft PowerPoint)
    • A state wide program to increase access to capital and provide education for investors and entrepreneurs.