Rocky Mount Resources to Help You Start a Business

small-business-resources-in-rocky-mountBeing an entrepreneur isn’t easy. For millions of Americans, it is the most difficult—and most rewarding---experience of their careers. If small business owners want their startups to succeed, they’ll face a daunting set of challenges. In fact, 8 out of 10 new businesses will fail within the first 18 months
Owning a business is a hard, but it means much more than merely having a job. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and in Rocky Mount, they’re thriving in the newly-renovated downtown area.
If you’re interested in starting a business, there are several local resources that can help.

Small Business Center Network  (SBCN)

You don’t have to be working on your MBA to take advantage of the wide variety of classes offered through North Carolina’s Small Business Network (SBCN). Workshops, courses and seminars are offered through Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College.

Founded in 1984, the SBCN provides more than 3,500 low-cost or free seminars on an extensive array of topics for prospective or current entrepreneurs. The system has more than 60 sites throughout the state---meaning these assistance programs are within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian.

The primary focus of the SBCN is to help small business thrive and grow, as well as give local entrepreneurs the tools they need to be successful. Some of the topics covered in SBCN seminars include:

  • How to start, develop and write a business plan
  • Financing your business
  • Bookkeeping and taxes
  • Marketing

You can find more information on upcoming classes by visiting the North Carolina SBCN website for a list of topics, times and locations. 

Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce

Ask any industry expert and they’ll tell you networking and building a solid support network can make a positive impact. If you want to know how to start a business in Rocky Mount, the area chamber of commerce has an extensive array of resources and expertise available to help and encourage you.

Its mission is to improve the area business climate and sponsor annual programs that enhance political action as well as promote steady economic growth and civic development. 

You do not have to be a member to attend chamber functions. The organizations website keeps an up-to-date-listing of upcoming events.

SpringBoard NC

This nonprofit organization focuses on the I-95 / Hwy 64 region of North Carolina. Rocky Mount is strategically located at the junction of these two important highways, and SpringBoard NC fosters and supports entrepreneurship in this area. It offers advisory services, access to funding sources and networking prospects. Those interested can visit the SpringBoardNC Facebook page or email

The Rocky Mount / Edgecombe Community Development Corporation (RMECDC)

Minorities hoping to open a small business can take advantage of the services and training offered through the Rocky Mount / Edgecombe Community Development Corporation. This organization provides counseling, technical assistance and accounting to local entrepreneurs. The RMECDC hopes to develop better access to capital and encourage job growth and convenient services for underdeveloped communities. 

Comprehensive resources for small business owners

The more you know about the business world, the more likely you’ll be a success. In addition to the wonderful organizations listed above, following are some more useful resources:


We appreciate all that our small business owners and entrepreneurs add to our community and to the economy. We hope all citizens will remember the importance of small businesses in our area and shop local whenever possible!

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