Resource Directory

Mayland Community College

  • The Small Business Center (SBC) at MCC brings people together to learn, launch, connect and grow. If you're ready to start a new business or scale an existing venture, the Small Business Center's programs and services will give you the skills, mindset, and network to succeed. Free and confidential business counseling services are available through the Mayland Small Business Center.  Whether you are thinking about starting a new business or operating an existing business, Mayland SBC counseling services can link you to information and resources to build your business. Sign up for our free confidential counseling and/or classes. For questions or more information, contact Allen Cook at - or (828)766-1295. Mayland Community College Small Business Center, Phillips Building: Room 37, Business & Industry Suite, 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC – 28777
  • Industry Training Program [] - Mayland Community College can offer continuing education and employee training for almost any job imaginable. Through the Customized Training Program, Mayland can assist new or existing industry with pre-employment activities, job-specific processes, continuous improvement, safety, or training in new technology. These services are free to qualifying companies. To obtain further information contact Ted Ollis, Industry Training Director, Phone: (828) 766-1297, e-mail:

For Additional Services, Financial Assistance and Support:

  • North Carolina Secretary of State How do I get a NC Business License
  • NC Works [] – Services provided: Employee recruitment and for prospective employees all aspects of employment application.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - This program can provide employers with both employee and prospective employee on the job training and/or apprenticeships. Qualified employers can receive reimbursement for up to 75% of trainee wages paid and for training periods of up to six (6) months.  Businesses may also list job openings and have access to job seekers.  To obtain further information contact John Greene, Business Services Representative, Phone: (828) 737-5419, e-mail:
  • Thread Capital, a subsidiary of the NC Rural Center, Along with their statewide network of lending partners, Thread Capital offers financing customized to the needs of you and your business, with loans from $500 to $5 million.They will give you feedback on your business plan, plus provide information about things like the importance of your credit history and the effect it can have on your business.They know how hard it can be starting, sustaining, and growing your own small business. That’s why they can help connect you with resources and networks that exist in your community. Address & Contact Information: 4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610, Phone: (919) 212-4950, E-mail:
  • Mountain BizWorks [] - provides tailored small business lending to local companies as well as suite of business development classes and one-on-one confidential business coaching. The classes include the flagship Foundations business planning course for startups, ScaleUp course for existing companies with strong growth potential and more. For more information contact: Chris Grasinger, High Country Regional Manager,
  • The Bootstrapped Business with Brian Hamilton The Bootstrapped Business with Brian Hamilton is a podcast dedicated to making business ownership a reality for anyone. A "bootstrapped business" is one that doesn't require a lot of money, a business plan, or an MBA, but prioritizes getting customers and growing your business.
  • NC Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service – Client Services [, Jamie Ragan, Division Director 877-623-6748] – Services provided: Customer services through no cost technical compliance and financial assistance.
  • NC Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service – Recycling [, Jamie Ragan, Division Director 877-623-6748 & Wendy Worley 919-707-8136, e-mail:] – Services provided: Technical assistance in waste management recycling and applicable grant assistance.
  • NC Division of Environmental Assistance & Customer Service – Resource & Energy Efficiency [, Jamie Ragan, Division Director 877-623-6748] – Services provided: Energy Efficiency Assessments, Waste Water Efficiency, Zero Waste to Landfill Reduction & Agricultural Plastics Recycling.
  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Bill Slagle, Western Director [e-mail:, 828-592-1029, Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling Street, Room 163, Morganton, NC - 28655] Services provided – Small business development.
  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, International Trade Division [, 919-447-7777] – Services provided: Assistance with international trade advocacy, market intelligence, market recommendations, market entry strategy, product standards review, documentation, export finance, trade show information and much more.
  • Business Link of North Carolina [, 800-228-8443] – Services provided:     One-on-one client consultations, customized license & permit information, state & federal forms, contacts for federal, state and local business services, programs & resources, mentoring, financial resources and other small business assistance.
  • Appalachian State University [Career Development Center, John E. Thomas Building, Boone, NC, 828-262-2180, Dr. Susan McCracken, Director of Career Development & Economic Engagement] – Services provided: Recruiting strategies and opportunities.
  • Appalachian Regional Commission [Olivia Collier, ARC Director, State of North Carolina, 301 North Wilmington Street, Fourth Floor South, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, 919-571-4900 & 919-814-4656, e-mail:] – Services provided: The Appalachian Regional Commission is a United States federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.
  • NC State University – Industry Expansion Solutions [1005 Capability Drive, Suite 200, Research III, Raleigh, NC 27606, 919-515-2358, Chris McGraw, Regional Manager] – Services provided: Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused extension unit of NC State's College of Engineering. Their broad portfolio of solutions and deep industry expertise help organizations grow, innovate and prosper. Their extensive partnerships with business, industry, education and government generate a unique culture of collaboration that provides access to cutting-edge expertise, research, and technology.
  • NC Department of Community Colleges [200 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC – 27603, 800-227-0264 & 919-807-7100, Dr. Maureen Little, Vice President of Economic Development] – Services provided: The Economic Development team provides education, training, and support services for new, expanding, and existing business and industry in all 100 North Carolina counties through our network of 58 community colleges. Additional resources and information are available directly through each service area – ApprenticeshipNC, BioNetwork, Customized Training & Small Business Center Network.