Best Small Business Resources in the Asheville Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. North Carolina has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Asheville area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in North Carolina.

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Mountain BizWorks

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

This funding organization heavily emphasizes financial literacy and planning, offering many educational resources to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to better understand the financial decisions they'll need to make when starting a venture. Tailored business coaching is provided through a peer-to-peer network while three flagship courses teach vital skills for people at the planning, launch, and growth phases. Additional classes teach financial literacy and Quickbooks.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

153 S. Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-2834
info@mountainbizworks.org


AB Tech Business Incubation Program

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Financial

Description

The Business Incubation Program at AB Tech is an incubator that offers office, lab, or light industrial space to tenants, along with consulting, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Members pay below-market rent and receive access to all incubation services. Applicants should demonstrate market viability and the potential for job creation to qualify. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1465 Sand Hill Rd, Suite 1060
Candler, NC 28715
828-398-7950
SBCIncubator@abtech.edu


Asheville SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Hatchworks

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Hatchworks is a coworking space that offers a charming and modern office environment in which to work. They offer a variety of membership plans to accommodate any work needs. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

45 S French Broad Ave, Suite 170
Asheville, NC 28801
828-333-0367
info@hatchcoworking.com


Pack Memorial Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

This library offers members access to print resources that can help you research an industry and start a business. Their research databases have legal forms and documents that can serve as a good starting point.

Restrictions

A library card may be required to access certain services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

67 Haywood St.
Asheville, NC 28801
828-250-4700

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

FRI: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

SAT: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


SBTDC at Western Carolina University Asheville

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Venture Asheville

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

Venture Asheville is an economic development organization dedicated to spurring business development in the Asheville area. Their flagship program, Elevate, is an accelerator-type program that mentors startups and provides hands-on support to help new companies navigate the details of launching a business, from the high-level planning down to the low-level logistics. Elevate is free for the first year of support and open to local companies that have a product or service already developed. Venture Asheville also provides funding through a separate program.

Restrictions

Most programs target scaleable, high-growth companies.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

36 Montford Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
828-258-6115
info@ventureasheville.com


Western Women's Business Center at The Support Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3128 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 170
Raleigh, NC 27604
919-803-1437