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NC Small Business Coalition


A Pathway to Prosperity for All

In North Carolina, entrepreneurs and small-business owners are a cornerstone of our state’s economy. In rural, urban, and suburban areas alike, small businesses are essential to the fabric of our communities and are drivers of local economic development. As we emerge from a year that saw many businesses close their doors permanently following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the viability of countless other small firms remains in jeopardy. Looking ahead, it is paramount that the underlying systemic issues impacting the plight of our small-business sector are remedied with fiscally sound public policies to meet the short-term and long-term needs of North Carolina entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

In 2020, the NC Rural Center convened a Small Business Policy Task Force, led by a group of entrepreneurs, small-business advocates, and policymakers all dedicated to empowering North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Leading with an equity-based, asset-focused, and data-driven approach, the Task Force’s goal was to develop an actionable policy agenda to advance the interests and goals of small-business owners across North Carolina. These efforts were guided by data and research, input from state partners, and most importantly, the voices of a diverse group of entrepreneurs (read our Regional Entrepreneur Focus Group Report).



North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan

The Small Business Policy Task Force, in collaboration with the NC Rural Center, has crafted a set of state-specific policy recommendations titled North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan. The recommendations set forth in this plan aim to leverage North Carolina’s existing assets and small-business infrastructure to build an equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem where entrepreneurs of color, women small-business owners, veterans, differently abled, and young small-business owners, have the tools and resources to succeed. This policy agenda addresses the interests and goals of small-business owners through the following focus areas: funding, support, opportunity, and knowledge.

Funding: Equal Access to the Right Kind of Capital Everywhere

We believe ensuring equitable access to capital for all entrepreneurs and small-business owners is critical to the success of North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This is particularly true for business owners who are women, people of color, veterans, and differently abled individuals.
Read our Funding Recommendations Here


Support: The Ability for All to Take Risks
We believe that entrepreneurs must have adequate support resources not only while operating a business, but also before starting. The lack of access to health insurance and affordable high-speed broadband, among other issues, pose a serious barrier to those starting and growing a small business in North Carolina.
Read our Support Recommendations Here


Opportunity: An Equitable, Level Playing Field and Less Red Tape
We believe that capital, technical assistance, and other support resources must account for historical disparities. This includes disparities faced by women, people of color, low-to-moderate income individuals, rural entrepreneurs, and others who have consistently encountered systemic challenges at the startup and growth stages of business development.
Read our Opportunity Recommendations Here


Knowledge: The Know-How to Start a Business
We believe that North Carolina has a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem, but far more can be achieved through stronger coordination, marketing, and funding of our business resource providers. In addition, more must be done to support and reach new and emerging entrepreneurs established in the early academic years, as well as at the community college and collegiate levels.
Read our Knowledge Recommendations Here


Join the North Carolina Small Business Coalition

For North Carolina, especially rural North Carolina, to thrive, we have to take every effort possible to support our small businesses, their employees, and the communities they serve. 

Sign on as an individual or organizational supporter to be added to the growing North Carolina Small Business Coalition today – and voice your support in ensuring that entrepreneurs and small-business owners have equal access to the capital, resources, and tools needed to prosper.



Coalition Members

The NC Rural Center would like to thank all of the organizational and individual members who have voiced their support and dedication to fostering a more prosperous environment for small business owners and entrepreneurs in North Carolina.

* – Denotes a Small Business or Entrepreneur


Organizational Members

A Better Chance A Better Community, ABC2 (Halifax)

Accelerate Rural NC (Pitt)

After School Brilliance (Rockingham)*

Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce (Hertford)

Albemarle Commission (Perquimans)

Alimentaire Wholesome Breads (Edgecombe)*

Anchored Fitness LLC (Halifax)*

Andrews Chamber of Commerce (Cherokee)

Apex Therapy, LLC (Wake)*

Avery County Chamber of Commerce (Avery)

Belhaven Community Chamber and Welcome Center (Beaufort)

Benson Area Chamber of Commerce (Johnston)

Body & Soul Total Wellness, PLLC (Davidson)*

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce (Watauga)

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain (Pitt)

Brian Hamilton Foundation (Wake)

Bright Haven Coaching (Mecklenburg)*

Bright Owl Insurance (Transylvania)*

Brunswick Community College Small Business Center (Brunswick)

Business Expansion Funding Corporation – BEFCOR (Mecklenburg)

C&J’s Ambulette NEMT Inc. (Halifax)*

Cape Fear Community College, Small Business Center (New Hanover)

Caring Home Care LLC (Randolph)*

Carolina Community Impact, Inc. (Wake)

Carolina Creative Works (Buncombe)*

Carteret Partnership for Children (Carteret) *

CaryPress International Books (Caswell)*

CEED (Cumberland)

Charlotte Community Care Corp. (Gaston)*

City of Eden (Rockingham)

CollaborateNC (Johnston)*

The Collaborative of NC (Wake)

Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (Columbus)

Constructive Learning Design (Wake)*

CornerSquare Community Capital (Southeast US)

Creative Caribbean Catering (Wake)*

Crisp Small Business Resource Center at ECU (Pitt)

Cynthia A Bolton DDS PA (Rockingham)*

DAI (Global)

Davidson-Davie Community College Small Business Center

Discovering Wellness LLC (Wake)*

Drain The Swamp llc (Moore)*

Dunn Public Library (Harnett)

E & A Remodeling Services, LLC (Forsyth)*

Eagle News Newspapers (Lenoir)*

Eagles Nest Tree House Resort LLC (Cherokee)*

EDU Footprints (Iredell)*

Entrepreneurial Places LLC (Durham)*

Equiti Foods LLC (Orange)*

ExperTaste Marketing LLC (Wake)*

FernCrest Winery (Cherokee)*

Fibonacci Solutions Inc. (Wake)*

Fire Safe Associates (Wake)*

Firehouse Towing & Recovery, Inc (Transylvania)* 

Folla Capital, LLC (New Hanover)*

Forsyth Partnership for Children and Families (Forsyth)

Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)*

Go Go Berries (Wayne)*

Graham County Economic Development (Graham)

Halifax Community College Small Business Center (Halifax)

Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce (Vance)

Heyward CPA, LLC (Durham)*

Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (Mecklenburg)

Horsemanship Connection, LLC (Pitt)*

  1. Berri Productions, Hustleland LLC. (Mecklenburg)*

John Dempsey Parker Consulting (Wake)*

Kream Consulting (Guilford)*

Lake Gaston Outfitters (Halifax)*

Leading To Change (Mecklenburg)*

Leading Purpose LLC (Rutherford)*

Lilly Consulting Group, LLC (Jackson)*

Logiscope Technology, LLC (Cumberland)*

Lolair Protection Agency, Inc. (Wake)

Main Street Sylva Association (Jackson)

Manna Resources (Halifax)

Marion Business Association (McDowell)

Master Chang’s Martial Arts (Wake)*

McDowell County Chamber of Commerce (McDowell)

Mica Town Brewing (McDowell)*

Miller School of Entrepreneurship at ECU (Pitt)

Mindfull, Inc. (Johnston)*

Montreat College (Buncombe)

Moore County Chamber of Commerce (Moore)

Mosaic Business Consulting (Buncombe)*

Mountain BizWorks (Buncombe)

Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce (Duplin)

Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce (Hertford)

NC 100 (Rockingham)

NC Appalachian Regional Commission Program (Western NC)

NC Cooperative Extension – Harnett County (Harnett County)

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Statewide NC)

NC Project LEAD, Inc. (New Hanover)*

North Carolina Employee Ownership Center (Durham)

NUWBNS Inc. (Cumberland)*

Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corp. (Burke)

Partner Community Capital (Statewide NC)

Performentor LLC (Durham)*

Perquimans Chamber of Commerce (Perquimans)

Piedmont Food Processing Center (Orange)

Price Services Group (Sampson)*

Pro Choice Contractors Corp (Wake)*

Prospera (Mecklenburg)

pro-UP (Cabarrus)*

Puddle Jummpers Nature Preschool LLC (Pender)*

Quality of Life Transition Services, Inc. (Halifax)*

QuickCuts Video (Franklin)*

Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (Wake)*

RE Health Group, LLC (Mecklenburg)*

Real Kitchen and Market (Guilford)*

Resourceful Clinical Laboratory (Mecklenburg)*

Retail Strategies (Alabama)*

Revolve (Wake)*

Robert Taylor Group (Pitt)*

Rockingham County Economic Development (Rockingham)

Rocky Mount Mayor’s Office (Edgecombe/Nash)

Rogers Property Management Services LLC (Granville)

Rolesville Chamber of Commerce (Wake)

Rose Associates (Mecklenburg)*

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Rowan, Cabarrus)

Rowan Chamber of Commerce (Rowan)

Sandhills Entrepreneurship Engagement Network (Robeson)

School of Thought, LLC (Guilford)*

Small Business Center Network (Statewide NC)

Small Business Center, Coastal Carolina Community College (Onslow)

Small Business & Technology Development Center (Statewide NC)

The Small Business Caucus of the NCDP (Wake)

Smoky Mountain Harm Reduction (Macon)

SoleLife, Inc (Wake)*

Southwestern Commission (Region A NC)

Sugar She Shed (Hertford)*

Surry County Economic Development Partnership (Surry)

The Blind Elephant (New Hanover)*

The Wilmington Small Business Coalition (New Hanover)

Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub (Robeson)

Thread Capital (Statewide NC)

Tina’s University for Tots (Northampton) *

Town of Hayesville (Clay)

Triangle Car Service LLC (Durham)*

Triangle J Council of Governments (Region J NC)

Twin Counties Catalyst Collaboration Lab (Edgecombe/Nash)

UNCG Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program (Guilford)

Unconditional Care Senior Services (NC & VA)*

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (New Hanover)

VentureAsheboro (Randolph)

Virtual Storefronts by USpace (Cherokee)*

Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce (Washington/Beaufort)

Watauga County Office of Economic Development (Watauga)

Wayne Community College, Small Business Center (Wayne)

We Chic’d It! (Lincoln)*

White & Morris Enterprises LLC (Wake)*

Wilson Chamber of Commerce (Wilson)

WMGreensboro, LLC (Guilford) *

Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (Rockingham)

Your Business CCC llc (Hertford) *

Individual Members

Adam Knapp, KnappCreative Coaching (Buncombe)*

Adam Lane, Lane’s Automotive (Yadkin)*

Alan Fitzpatrick, Open Broadband LLC. (Union)*

Alexander Hakim, A Barber’s Bar & Café (Mecklenburg)*

Alisa Herr, Unity Web Agency (Durham)*

Alton Bell, 24K Hauling Inc. (Craven)*

Amanda Shevette, Leading Purpose (Rutherford)*

Amie Myers (McDowell)*

Amy Brantley, Paul’s Home Improvements LLC (Wake)*

Amy Carriker (Mecklenburg)*

Angel Thurston McCann (Rockingham)

Angella Fraser, HeadSpace NC (Wake)*

Ashley Junkins, Alcheme (McDowell)*

Becky Bowen (Forsyth)

Belinda English, Scotland Bling (Scotland)*

Ben Jacobs (Robeson)

Benjamin Knight, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria (New Hanover)*

Ben Kittner (Wake)

Belinda Madujibeya, BJM Speech Language Therapy & Rehab (Wake)*

Betesha Ethridge, Bank with Bea Consulting LLC (Wilson)*

Beverly Danner, Danner Auto Sales (Catawba)*

Bill Slagle (Avery)

Brandon Hunter (Guilford)*

Brandy Bynum Dawson (Wake)

Brenda Coates, North Carolina Spirits Llc, DBA The Brandy Bar (Henderson)*

Brewer Logan, Verenovo Energy LLC (Wilkes)*

Bridgette Boyd, Unconditional Care Senior Services (Warren)*

Brittany Sharkey (Wake)*

Carla Lowry, Lowry’s Fishing Farm (Robeson)*

Carlos Zepeda, Prospera (Statewide)

Carmelita Spicer, Community Health Coalition (Durham)

Caroline Bracey, CEB Marketing (Wilkes)*

Casie Bowlin (Wilkes)

Cassandra Collins, Innovations Salon and Spa (Graham)*

Chad Treadway, Cube Creative Design (Wilkes)*

Charles Townsend, Fairmont Mayor and Entrepreneur (Robeson)*

Chris Montero, Perfect Touch Rental (New Hanover)*

Cheryl Griffin, Lulla Belle’s (Rockingham)*

Chris McCurry, Bark House (Avery)*

Darryl Thompson, Darryl C. Thompson Consulting (Durham)*

Dave Greely, Greely Global Enterprise LLC (Wake)

Dawn Cotton, The Cotton Factory (Nash)

Dawn Daly-Mack, Double D Health & Safety (Northampton)*

Deborah Swain (Wake)

Delphine Sellars, Urban Community AgriNomics (Durham)*

Dennis Tracz, Accelerate Rural (Lenoir)*

Devoria Berry, Community Support Agency & Professional Consulting (Columbus)*

DL Richardson (Guilford)

Donald Hughes

Edward Fulbright, Fulbright Financial Consulting (Durham)*

Eileen Joyce (Mecklenburg)

Elaine Wright, Appalachian Cakery (McDowell)*

Ellie Festger, Prospera (Statewide)

Emily Causey, Mica Town Brewing (McDowell)*

Emmay Lawless (Buncombe)

Eric Nietcho, Global Bridge Pharmaceutical (Mecklenburg)

Flotillo Watkins, WMGreensboro LLC (Guilford) *

Frince Williams (Edgecombe/Nash)

Gary Whitford (Durham)

Gene McLaurin, Quality Oil Company (Richmond)

Gina Carucci, Carucci Chiropractic Center, PLLC & The Your CBD Store (Brunswick)*

Giselle Corbie Smith, The GCS Group (Wake)*

Hallie Hawkins, Get It Together Workshops LLC. (Craven)*

Heena Patel, Earth Dog Enterprises LLC (wake)*

Herman Reeves, Home at Last Farms (Moore)*

Holly Yanker (Wake)

Horace Robertson, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (Wake)*

Ifalade Ward, We Chic’d It! LLC, NC Lady Builders LLC* (Lincoln)

Jacob Evans (Durham)

James Ward, Sigma Health Services LLC (Wake)*

Ja’Net Adams, EMACK Consulting (Forsyth)*

Jan Hayes, Hayes Group Consulting LLC (Lee)*

Jan Olsen, FernCrest Winery (Cherokee)*

Janet Yates, Jan’s Daycare (Zebulon)*

Jared Burton, J. Lights (Wake)*

Jason Pickett, Renewed Builders LLC. (Columbus)*

Jasper Jones (Wilson)

Jaylin Brower, Peak Performance by Jaylin, LLC (Randolph)*

Jeffrey Eidson, G&B Energy (Wake)*

Jenafer Carelli, Carolina Strength Advisors LLC, DBA The Exercise Coach (Mecklenburg)*

Jennifer Fields, Manna Resources (Halifax)*

Jennifer Holcomb, Joy by Journey (Columbus)*

Jessica Browning, Clayton Plumbing Inc. * (Johnston)

Jessica Hinnant, CollaborateNC (Johnston)*

Jessica Wade-Ellis, Touched By Jess Studio 26 (Mecklenburg)*

Joan Taylor (Jones)

JoAnn Stevens (Greene)

John Campbell, Dinner Bell Farm (Alamance)*

John Coggin (Lee)

John Dempsey Parkey, John Dempsey Parker Consulting (Wake)*

John Jonczak, The Barn at Heritage Farm (Surry)*

Johnny Bass, Bass Business Solutions (Wilson)*

Jonathan Thill, The Rural Entrepreneurs Collective LLC, Carter Brady Inc, VentureAsheboro (Randolph)*

Jose Alvarez, Prospera (Statewide)

Joseph Spencer III, Just Sounds Multimedia Group (Wake)*

Joshua Hicks, Hick Alpha & Omega Funeral Services (Wake)*

Joshua Humphreys, Croatan Institute (Durham)*

Karen Miller, Sweat Peas Café (Craven)*

Karim Razzak, Kream Consulting (Forsyth)*

Keisha Wilson-Bourne, Roots 2 Ends Hair Care Salon (Mecklenburg)*

Kelly W. Barber, KWB& Co. DBA Renaissance Spa & Salon (Halifax)*

Ken Walter (Avery)

Kenneth Glenn, Rouge3 Communications LLC (Durham)*

Keri Spencer, Mom Away Retreats (Wake)*

Kristi Tally, KD7 Enterprises Inc. (Wake)*

Kirssa Johnson-Sotomayor, SotoIP (Wake)*

Lacey Bacchus, Retail Strategies (Alabama)*

Dr. Lamont Foster (Wilson)

Laurie Brintle-Jarvis, Wilkes CC Small Business Center (Wilkes)

LaVonia Lewis, Lewis’ Creative Designs (Columbus)*

Lea Henry, Two Rivers Development Partners LLC (Edgecombe/Nash)*

Lesley Brooks, Carolina Eye on Merrimon (Buncombe)*

L.H. Kirksey, Kirksey & Company Inc. (Burke)*

Linda Lamp, Southwestern Commission (Haywood)

Lisa McBride, WNC Farm to Table (Jackson)*

Lloyd Smith, Cortech Solutions Inc. (New Hanover)*

Dr. Malcolm Beech, Eagle News (Lenoir)*

Manuel Betancur, Manolo’s Bakery (Mecklenburg)*

Marco Rosa (Wake)

Marco Varela, CITI LLC (Mecklenburg)*

Marianne Kelsey, Marianne Kelsey Book and Paper Conservation LLC (Guilford)*

Mark Bryant, Floortex Integrated (Forsyth)*

Mark Peterson, Valley of Grace (Robeson)*

Marten Jenkins, Partner Community Capital (Statewide)

Martha Cogdill, SpotON Transact (Stokes)

Matt Smith, Four Star Specialties LLC DBA Kohl’s Frozen Custard (New Hanover)*

Michael Bailey, Future for Families (Wilkes)*

Michelle Medley, ARISE Coworking Community (Wake)*

Monique Rodgers, WriteOn LLC (Wake)*

Nancy MacCreery, Broad Reach Marketing Services LLC (Wake)

Nicholas Riggins, Heros Logistics LLC (Mecklenburg)*

Nicole Monae, Posh Hair Concepts (Wake)*

Nicole Swartzwelder, Black Forest Consulting (Wilkes)*

Nina Walker (Moore)

Niruja Thakuri, Bottle Dog Bites & Brews (Wake)*

Noi Vong, QC Social Lounge (Mecklenburg)*

Nora Anaya, Ta Contento (Chatham)*

Olaunda Green, OG Coaching, LLC (Wake)*

Patricia Griffin, Grace Homemade Intl. LLC (Wake)*

Patrick Woodie, NC Rural Center (Wake)

Paul Marion, Blacktop Media, LLC (Polk)*

Phyllis Williams (Cleveland)

Raymond Langley, Langley Computers (Pitt)*

Rhesa Edwards, Laconia Ale Works (Madison)*

Richard Basteri, Meraki Salon, Hygee Jewelry, Taliia’s Treats (Wake)*

Rick Larson, Partner Community Capital (Durham)

Ronnie Huettmann, Acre Station Mean Farm Inc. (Beaufort)*

Ronnita Holden, Family Medicine & Acute Care of Sandhills (Moore)*

Russ Haddad, Core Development LLC (Orange)*

Ryan Ray, Jobs for Life (Wake)*

Sabrina Bengel, Bakers Kitchen, New Bern Tours (Craven)*

Samir Trivedi, SARO (Wake)*

Sarah Little (Jackson)

Samuel Brown, GroundLion Brewing Co. (Randolph)*

Scott Franko, Board – Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development (Onslow)*

Scott Stremmel, SCS Express LLC (Randolph)*

Scott Wolford, Carolina Community Impact

Shakena Hussey, SLH Transport LLC (Lenoir)*

Shannon Draegen, dmarcian (Transylvania)*

Shawne Mcllwain, Qwestar LLC (Mecklenburg)*

Sheneika Simmons (Wake)

Sondra Goffington-Dickens, Horizon Resource Services (Northampton)*

Sophia Paulos (Graham)

Stacey Keith, Apex Therapy LLC (Apex)*

Stephanie Tyson, Resourceful Healthcare Inc. (Mecklenburg)*

Stephanie Almeida, Full Circle Recovery Center LLC (Macon)*

Susan Kask, Values2Action LLC (Buncombe)*

Susan Namowicz, Namowicz Marketing Group (Craven)*

Susan Reagan (Davie)

Susanna Oware, Sankofa Ethnic Beads & Baskets, AADAMPO (Wake)*

Tammy Proctor (Pender)

Terrian Carter, Wilkes Chamber of Commerce (Wilkes)

Tharesa Lee, Intentional Excellence (Craven)*

Todd Peebles, Todd Peebles Broker/Realtor (Forsyth)*

Tom Stone, Tom Stone One of a Kind Knives (Davidson)*

Tosh Comer (Wake)

Trevian Hicks, Elevate With Tre LLC (Wake)*

Trip Belote (Harnett)

Troy Alphin, Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Solutions (ECOSNC) (Bladen)*

Vanessa Cato, Creative Caribbean Catering (Wake)*

Vicki Lee Parker-High, NC Business Council (Wake)*

Victoria Newcombe, Kindred Spirits Vintage & Secondhand (Northampton)*

Vince Onorio, Safe Money Specialist (Carteret)*

Wendy Harris, Team Harris Real Estate (Cumberland)*

William MacRae, Lolair Protection Agency Inc. (Wake)*

William Lucas, First Chronicles Church, Law off of William V. Lucas (Durham)*