Plugging In: Business Resources

A roundup of groups to help business owners

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Each issue, WILMA includes a Plugging In directory to help you connect locally. This time, we’re focusing on organizations that help current or aspiring small business owners, entrepreneurs, and even those just looking to brush up on their skills. Keep an eye out for future lists to tap into support for wellness groups, networking opportunities, and more. Let us know about your organization by emailing

BCC’s Small Business Center Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center offers free confidential business counseling, coworking and incubator space, free webinars and seminars, and more. INFO:

CFCC’s Small Business Center Cape Fear Community College also hosts a Small Business Center that offers free, confidential counseling to potential business owners to help them start their businesses as well as counseling to existing small business owners to help improve their success rate and profitability. In addition, it offers education via business-related seminars, free to the general public. INFO:

Elevate Coworking Elevate is primarily a coworking and shared office space geared toward women. But it also hosts workshops and community events. Recent ones included a women’s health summit this summer and a small-business skills series. INFO:

SCORE Cape Fear Region SCORE’s local chapter is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses across Southeastern North Carolina launch, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE Cape Fear Region mentors new and existing small businesses by providing confidential advice, consultation, and education from experienced business experts who volunteer their time and expertise. INFO:

UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) identifies and nurtures fast-growth, high-impact business ventures from the campus and the community. It provides student, faculty, and community entrepreneurs with education, networking opportunities, flexible workspace options, experienced mentors and advisers, and connections to resources. CIE events are open to members and the general public. INFO:

SBTDC The Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is a business advisory resource for growing and developing businesses. Its professional advisers provide services statewide from offices hosted by campuses of the University of North Carolina system. INFO:

Channel Channel is a business resource center, powered by Live Oak Bank, designed to strengthen the regional economy by increasing diversity in business ownership throughout the Wilmington region. Learning programs and community support systems are offered in a coworking space downtown, with access to technical advisers, professional services, and networking opportunities at no cost. INFO:

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