• Advantage West
    AdvantageWest programs include the Blue Ridge Industrial Council, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, the WNC Film Comission and MountainSouth USA.

  • Alleghany Chamber of Commerce
    The Alleghany Chamber of Commerce serves over 300 individual and business members and actively supports the economic and cultural development of the community.

  • Alleghany County Building Inspection Department

  • Alleghany County Planning Office

  • Alleghany County Public Library
    Online library resources are available to patrons from their home computers and through Alleghany County Public Library public access computers. These include access to the regional library online catalog; and NC Live, a gateway to newspapers, journals, magazines and other electronic information. Public internet access is available. 

  • Alleghany County Schools, A. Anderson Huber Cyber Campus
    Enrichment and high school courses, college and graduate courses for college credit, continuing education courses, professional development and Master Degree program credit courses, public health certification, physicians/nurse CEU's, and OSHA certification classes. Cyber Campus also offers a two-way video conferencing studio for meetings, training sessions, and executive conferencing. Internet, satellite courses and cable broadcasting capabilities also available.

  • Alleghany County Tax Office
    The Alleghany County Tax Office is responsible for the assessing, listing and collection of all real estate, personal property, business property and registered motor vehicles located within Alleghany County.

  • Alleghany News, The
    Advertising information for display and classified ads for Alleghany County.

  • American Marketing Association
    The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been an essential resource providing relevant marketing information that experienced marketers turn to every day.

  • American Society of Association Executives Searchable Directory
    Use this searchable directory to locate a trade association in your industry.

  • Appalachian Enterprise Center
    Incubator space available in Boone for entrepreneurs growing their business.

  • Appalachian Enterprise Center

    The AEC is a resource rich network of support services for start-up and growing businesses including office/incubator space, access to office equipment, two conference rooms, mentoring and business counseling services and communications access.

  • Appalachian Regional Development Institute
    Resources, faculty and professional staff available to address economic, business, government, and social issues and problems related to regional development. ARDI provides a broad range of training and continuing education programs, including workshops, courses, seminars, and conferences.

  • Appalachian Regional Development Institute Watauga Entrepreneur Development Partnership
    Provides community workshops that offer: training in entrepreneurship & basic business skills, mentoring by successful local business people, and continuing networking opportunities & ongoing business strategy guidance.

  • Appalachian Regional Library
    Public internet access

  • Appalachian State University Center for Entrepreneurship
    This center offers business startup workshops with mentoring and support provided by the university and local successful entrepreneurs.

  • Appalachian State University Center for Entrepreneurship
    Promotes education, research and service collaborations with other organizations involved in entrepreneurship and economic development.

  • Appalachian State University Library Business Resources
    Numerous references sources for you to use as resources to guide your businesses.

  • Appalachian State University Library Business Resources
    Business plan references sources for you in building your businesses.

  • Appalachian State University Office of Student Employment
    Posts available job positions in the area to Appalachian State University students.

  • Appalachian State University- Carol Grotnes Belk Library & Information Commons
    Internet access, Digital media services, Business plans, Market research

  • Ashe County Building Inspections Department

  • Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
    The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic force, ensuring the economic health of our community by nurturing business growth and encouraging economic development.

  • Ashe County Economic Development Commission
    Facilitates sustainable and diversified economic growth. Assistance in development of both business location or expansion, and an entrepreneurial climate or tourism. 

  • Ashe County Economic Development Commission's Sites and Buildings
    Online database of business sites and buildings in Ashe County.

  • Ashe County JobLink Career Center
    The Ashe County JobLink Career Center provides innovative and effective market-driven services to businesses and job seekers. 

  • Ashe County Partnership for Children, Individual Development Account Program
    Help residents of Alleghany and Ashe County get the money needed from Individual Development Accounts. IDAs can be used for purchasing a first home, education or job training expenses, or capitalizing a small business.

  • Ashe County Planning Department

  • Ashe County Public Library
    Wireless Internet access and informational resources available to the public.

  • Ashe County Tax Office
    Ashe County Tax Administration is responsible for generating revenue through property taxes to be used in funding local county government. They identify all taxable property, determine an assessed value, prepare tax notices and collect outstanding amounts. They also maintain public records and provide assistance to anyone who needs to access these records.

  • Avery Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce
    The Avery Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce works to provide business growth and encourage economic development.

  • Avery County Banks and Lenders 

  • Avery County Economic Development Committee
    Does business based on four areas: education and workforce development, infrastructure, business costs and capacity, and quality of life.

  • Avery County JobLink Career Center
    As a JobLink Career Center they provide excelled customer service to our customers so that the economy of Avery County will be enhanced through a quality labor market. 

  • Avery County Library
    Public internet access

  • Avery County Planning and Inspections Department

  • Avery County Tax Assessor's Office
    The Tax Assessor’s Office has the responsibility of valuing Real Property within the County for the purpose of taxation.

  • Avery Journal-Times, The
    Find out information about placing an ad in this weekly Avery County newspaper. 



  • Caldwell Community College Small Business Center
    The Small Business Center offers a wide variety of seminars and workshops to help small business be successful. Also available is a library of professional resources including books, pamphlets, magazines, and trade journals, as well as tapes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs.

  • Caldwell County Building Inspections Department 

  • Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce
    Facilitates economic development for Caldwell County.

  • Caldwell County Economic Development Commission
    The EDI Program involves a contractual agreement between the county and a new or existing business/industry that would allow for a financial incentive based upon actual value, schedule and payment of local property taxes for a period of up to five years.

  • Caldwell County Economic Development Commission's Available Business Properties
    Online database of available business properties in Caldwell County.

  • Caldwell County Health Department 

  • Caldwell County JobLink Career Center
    Provides citizens with employment and training opportunities, career exploration and planning, and support services in a customer driven one-stop setting.

  • Caldwell County Public Library
    The Mission of the Caldwell County Public Library is to offer free and open access to library materials and services that inform, educate, and entertain; to promote lifelong learning and the joy of reading; and to serve as a center for community activities. We will achieve this mission by providing quality library service in a courteous, welcoming manner.

  • Caldwell County Tax Department
    The Tax Administrator’s Office is a multi-function office, charged with the responsibility of maintaining records on all real and personal property in Caldwell County.

  • CareerOneStop Job Bank Directory of the U.S. Department of Labor
    Career OneStop Job Bank provides tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

  • Charlotte Chapter of the American Marketing Association
    Promotes education and assists in the personal and professional career development of marketing professionals. Benefits include: Networking with your marketing peers, Meeting and learning from fellow Charlotte Marketing Professionals at monthly meetings, hearing expert speakers present on hot marketing issues, and receive a newsletter.

  • Council for Entrepreneurial Development
    CED identifies, enables and promotes high growth, high impact entrepreneurial companies and accelerates the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. 


  • EnergyXchange
    The EnergyXchange Incubator Program was established to support entrepreneurs in starting, managing, and operating new businesses in the crafts of glass blowing and pottery.

  • Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Ombudsman
    The U.S. EPA’s Small Business Ombudsman is the agency’s liaison to the small business community not only providing assistance for complying with environmental regulations but also offering small business ways to improve both their environmental and financial performance. 



  • High Country Business Network
    A regional support system for small business and entrepreneur development in the High Country. HCBN is committed to promoting a culture of entrepreneurship by providing networking and educational opportunities to the region's aspiring and established business communities.

  • High Country Council of Governments
    The purposes of the Council are: to offer profesional and technical services to individual member goverments, to help ensure that public efforts act cooperatively to avoid duplication, and to serve as a consensus voice for its member governments on matters mututally impacting or affecting them.

  • High Country Press
    Classified ads are free in High Country Press if limited to 30 words or less. 

  • Hudson Branch Library



  • Jefferson Post
    Submit classified ads online for readers of Ashey County. 

  • Joblink Career Center, NC Department of Commerce
    Offers labor market information, provides access to career training and job placement services, and serves as the connection between employers and qualified workers.


  • Kauffman Foundation
    A website which provides information and tools for all aspects of entrepreneurial support.                                                        



    A website which publishes demographic profiles and industry reports. Other marketing research information and publications are also available.

  • Mayland Community College Small Business Center
    Provides business owners and prospective owners with information, training, counseling, and referral for service. We can also assist with loans up to $25,000 and provide technical or managerial assistance. Continuing education courses offered.

  • Mayland Community College Workforce Development
    Mayland Community College's Workforce Development Programs provide training, educationand employment programs funded through both the federally funded Workforce Investment Act and North Carolina Employment and Training Programs to adult and dislocated workers.

  • Meritus Ventures, L.P. 
    The RBIP was established to promote the establishment of professionally-managed venture capital funds in regions of the country that are not traditionally targeted by venture capital funds. Specifically, the mission of the RBIP is to promote economic development and the creation of wealth and job opportunities in rural areas of the United States.

  • Mitchell Chamber of Commerce
    The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce is made up of a variety of businesses, industries, organizations and individuals committed to developing economic vitality for Mitchell County.

  • Mitchell County Building Inspections

  • Mitchell County Economic Development Commission

  • Mitchell County Economic Development Commission's Available Business Locations
    Provides assistane in finding a business location in Mitchell County. 

  • Mitchell County JobLink Career Center
    The Mitchell County JobLink Career Center will provide a comprehensive system of career development, training, placement and supportive services to both employer and job-seeker customers in Mitchell County through the combined effort of Agency Partners. 

  • Mitchell County Library

  • Mitchell County Tax Assessor
    The Tax Assessor is charged with fairly and properly appraising property for Mitchell County government tax purposes.

  • Mitchell Employment Security Commission
    On-line tax management including reporting and payments, submission of job openings, resume searches, and more.

  • Mitchell News-Journal
    Submit classified ads online to be published. 

  • Mountain Times Classified Ad Section, The
    Advertise in the Watauga, Avery, and Ashe County papers.


  • N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Licenses & Permits
    Oversees the issuance and regulation of the licenses and permits.

  • N.C. Department of Commerce

  • N.C. Department of Commerce Business ServiCenter
    Provides: One-on-one client consultations, Customized licensing including employer forms and business structure information, Referrals to local, state, federal agencies and occupational licensing boards, Identification of other business resources, and a small business ombudsman to resolve issues with government agencies. 

  • N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Small Business Assistance Program
    Provides assistance to small business with air quality and other regulatory requirements.

  • N.C. Department of Labor

  • N.C. Employment Security Commission Occupational Employment and Wages
    This websites presents occupational wage data for the state of North Carolina. 

  • National Association of Small Business Investment Companies
    The association has attained the requisite Federal laws, regulations, policies, and low-cost capital that SBICs require to make successful long-term debt and equity venture investments in new and growing small businesses. 

  • NC Department of Commerce, Business ServiCenter
    Consultants in the Business ServiCenter can assist you in identifying state licensing requirementsfor your specific business activity and provide a wealth of information about service providers, resources and programs available to you in North Carolina.

  • NC Employment Security Commission
    On-line tax management including reporting and payments, submission of job openings, resume searches, and more.

  • North Carolina Department of Revenue
    Provides business tax information for new business and existing business. 

  • North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
    Business names for limited partnerships, LLCs, LLPs and corporations are registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office in the Corporations Division.

  • North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NC REAL), 
    The NC REAL Mission is to develop entrepreneurial talent through action learning and to foster the creation of sustainable enterprises throughout North Carolina, with special emphasis on rural communities.


  • Region D Development Corporation
    The Region D Development Corporation is certified by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide SBA 504 loans to eligible small businesses. The Region D Development Corporation works with private lenders and borrowers to package, process, and service the 504 loans.


  • SBDCNet e-Commerce Guide
    Provides many e-commerce guides to fit your needs.

  • SBTDC e-Business Resource Guide
    The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has written this e-Business Resource Guide to help you understand your e-business options; make sound, affordable decisions for your business; and learn where to go beyond this guide.

  • Self-Help
    Provide financing, technical support and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream by: helping borrowers nationwide to build wealth through ownership of a home or business; strengthen underserved communities by financing nonprofits, childcare centers, community health facilities, public charter schools and residential and commercial real estate projects; and operating a secondary market program that enables private lenders to make more loans in low-wealth communities.

  • Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) 
    Offers counseling and seminars for entrepreneur education. Counselors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance marketing, management and business plan preparation. They guide clients through the logical, step-by-step development of a new business idea into a startup or an existing business challenge/opportunity to a plan of action.

  • Sites Across America
    Provides: Available site and building information, cooperative contacts for site development, real estate information, and community demographics and links. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

  • Small Business and Technology Center (SBTDC) 
    Business and development services provided include: mangement counseling and education, business research, government procurement, export financing, and technology commercialization. 

  • SmallBizU
    This online university offers a range of courses across all functional areas of small business. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

  • Spruce Pine Public Library



  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, Jefferson Area Office
    The business and industry program provides for direct loans for expansions and preservation of jobs in rural areas. These loans are made to individuals or corporate businesses to support business activity in rural areas with populations up to 50,000. Loan funds may be used to purchase land, buildings and equipment; working capital; and refinance debts. 

  • U.S. Department of Labor

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    SBA programs and services support you, the small business person. Learn about SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs to help your business succeed.


  • Virgin Money
    Virgin Money manages business loans between relatives and friends, taking care of the legal documents, transfer of payments, and year-end reporting.