Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
306 W. Harwood St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Farmer support, Agriculture, Local Food Systems
Kristen Aldrich
Carolina Farm Credit Union

Carolina Farm Credit Union

Carolina Farm Credit offers financing for young and experienced farmers, as well as those buying a rural home or running an ag-related business.
1216 Fallston Rd.
Shelby, NC 28150
Loans for land, homes, and living
Brandy Swink
Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship

Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship

To support organizations and initiatives that cultivate high growth entrepreneurial, innovative enterprises and create economic prosperity in the Charlotte region.
220 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Eli Kahn
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Cleveland Community College -Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at CCC provides workshops, seminars, counseling, information, and referral services for small business owners and operators in Cleveland County.
Le Grand Center, 1800 E. Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28152
Community College, Small Business Center
Steve Padgett
Cleveland County NCSU Cooperative Extension

Cleveland County NCSU Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and the School of Agriculture at North Carolina A&T State University. We are county agents, professors, scientists and volunteers working together to improve the quality of life in North Carolina.
130 S. Post Rd, Suite 1
Shelby, NC 28152
Deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.
Greg Traywick
Cleveland County NCSU Cooperative Extension

CLT Joules

Not-for-profit accelerator providing entrepreneurs with key connections and tools to develop successful clean energy companies
204C PORTAL Building, UNC Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28233
Bob Irvin
 (704) 458-4188
Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship

Kings Mountain -Main Street Program

Kings Mountain became recognized as a NC Main Street City in 2009. Our main streets are the places of shared memory where people still come together.
101 W Gold Street
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Main Street Program, Government Department, Non-Profit
Jan Harris
Carolina Farm Credit Union

NC Dept Agriculture

Essentially operating as the North Carolina ‘Agricultural Bank’ NCAFA originates, services, and finances loans in the agricultural sector that would otherwise not be made.
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Gov Agency
Chales Walls
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Queen City FinTech Charlotte

Providing world class mentorship and capital to fintech startups from around the globe; all in the heart of financial services hub Charlotte, NC.
222 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Dan Roselli
(980) 505-7455
Cleveland County NCSU Cooperative Extension


Workshops and events are offered to entrepreneurs. Webinars and mentoring offer support to start-up businesses.
6302 Fairview Rd, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
Free one on one mentoring to business owners and entrepreneurs.
Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship

Uptown Shelby Main Street Program

Uptown Shelby’s tree-lined streets invite locals and visitors alike to a variety of independent businesses and top-notch attractions.
211 South Trade Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Main Street Program, Government Department, Non-Profit
Audrey Whetton
(704) 484-3100
Carolina Farm Credit Union

USDA Business Loans

USDA Business & Industry Loan Guarantee program bolsters the existing private credit structure through the guaranteeing of loans for rural businesses
Guaranteed loans for small businesses.
Bill Tew
919-776-4331 X112

USDA Rural Development

USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support business development and job training opportunities for rural residents.
4405 Bland Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Rural economic development loans and grant programs.
Mel Ellis