Starting, managing, and growing a business has always been a challenging and sometimes confusing process. It is especially difficult in these economic circumstances, and entrepreneurs are seeking assistance more than ever.
Fortunately, there are several professional, no-fee resources available to you in southeastern North Carolina to help with these issues and many more.
GW CORP is a coalition of government supported, not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to help you create and grow successful businesses in the region.
The goal of GW CORP is to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to access the resources most suited to their particular needs. We have outlined the types of services available to those interested in starting their own business and to those already operating small businesses so they may make the best decision as to which organization(s) are in the best position to help them.
Please click on the links below to learn more about how you can find the professional knowledge, training, counseling, and mentoring you need to be more successful with your small business.
The regional small business centers at Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College specialize in the following areas:
Provide free assistance to individuals who are interested in starting their own small business through confidential counseling, access to numerous resources, and business plan development.
Conduct free seminars, open to the public, designed to help individuals start their own company and learn the fundamentals of operation a small company.
Serve as a counseling source/sounding board to small businesses after start up to help them analyze and solve problems as well as develop mentoring relationships if desired.
LOCAL CONTACT INFO:
Don R. Spry, II
Senior Area Manager
New Hanover County Public Library
Check out the Business Resources webpage under the Reference Link from the library homepage.
The Library provides a variety of books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, videos, and databases to help business start ups as well as established businesses. Use the library to find general business information and to research company, industry, investment, marketing, demographic or statistical information.Main Library
Chambers of Commerce / Member Associations
There are several Chambers of Commerce serving southeastern North Carolina. The primary role of each chamber is to provide support services, resources, networking opportunities and other outreach functions to their membership, consisting mostly of small businesses in their communities. Links to each chamber and member association are provided below: