Best Small Business Resources in the Greensboro Area

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 Greensboro 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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The Nussbaum Center For Entrepreneurship

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning

Offers Free Service

Description

This organization is a multi-faceted entrepreneurial support center that offers many direct services to startups, as well as a network of local assets that they leverage to help ventures succeed. Startups at the idea or planning stages can use several in-house organizations like SCORE or the SBDTC to refine their idea and create a business plan. Counseling is provided by both the Nussbaum center and the other organizations housed within. Incubation services and coworking spaces are available to companies that require them. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1451 S. Elm-Eugene St.
Greensboro, NC 27406
336-379-5001


Greensboro Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Greensboro Public Library has several services that are intended to support small business development, including research tools and business planning consultation. The consultation involves a walkthrough of the business databases and business plan writing assistance, among other services. The library offers access to several business-specific databases that can help you make informed decisions. Classes are also offered on technology and business topics. 

Restrictions

A library card may be needed to access certain amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

219 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC 27402-3178
336-373-2471

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9 am - 9 pm

FRI - SAT: 9 am - 9 pm

SUN: 2 pm - 6 pm


Greensboro 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.


HQ Greensboro

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

HQ Greensboro is a coworking space catering to entrepreneurs. Amenities include a cafe area with a full kitchen, conference rooms, and event space. Membership grants access to monthly educational and professional events like workshops and lunch-and-learns. Some memberships also allow you to use their network of business mentors, a valuable asset to anyone looking to start a business. "Office Hours" are hosted by local businesses and allow members to consult with professionals in different areas and receive valuable advice.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

111 W. Lewis St.
Greensboro, NC 27406
336-365-1043
info@hqgreensboro.com


SBTDC at NC A&T State University, Greensboro

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.


The Forge

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Product Development

Description

The Forge is a non-profit makerspace with tools and machines that are open for members to use, as well as the classes that will teach you how to fabricate nearly anything. The Forge has the equipment to work with wood, metal, and plastic mediums among others. Specific tools include 3D printers, laser engravers, welders, and sewing machines. Conference rooms and meeting spaces are available to members who also enjoy 24/7 access. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

219 W Lewis St
Greensboro, NC 27406
336-252-5331
contact@forgegreensboro.org