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


The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
400 7th Street SW
Washington DC, DC 20506
Gov Agency
Niki Jacobs
(202) 682-5403
Asheville Angels

Asheville Angels

Asheville Angels is a member-based angel investor network, investing in startups and early-stage, high-growth companies across the Southeast USA.
36 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Funding Agency, Angel Investor Organization
Josh Dorfman


BLNC provides answers to questions about starting or growing a business.
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
Business startup counseling
Melanie Underwood
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

Boiling Springs -Planning Department

The Planning and Zoning Department regulates growth by reviewing proposed development, issuing permits, and enforcing the Town's Zoning Code.
114 East College Ave
Shelby, NC 28152
Municipality, Planning & Development Office
Tom Hart
Asheville Angels

Center for Craft Creativity and Design

CCCD administers three national award programs: the Craft Research Fund Program for independent and graduate scholars, the Windgate Fellowship Award Program for emerging craft artists graduating from universities, and the Windgate Museum Internship Program for craft-focused curatorial internships within museums. Additionally, CCCD convenes national meetings, curates exhibitions, programs lectures and workshops, and sponsors international residencies
 67 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Non profit
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

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
City Startup Labs Charlotte

City Startup Labs Charlotte

City Startup Labs entrepreneurs move through modules on conditioning, entrepreneurial mindset, critical-thinking, team-building, & business planning.
PORTAL Building, 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd
Charlotte, NC 28233
Henry Rock
(704) 807-3000
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
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership

CCEDP works to actively recruit new industry & create in Cleveland County a healthy and diverse environment for existing, expanding, & new businesses.
1800 E. Marion St
Shelby, NC 28152
Economic Development
Kristin Reece
Cleveland County Government

Cleveland County Government

The Cleveland County Government serves the people of Cleveland County, North Carolina.
311 East Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
County Government
Brian Epley
City Startup Labs Charlotte

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
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Cleveland County Schools -Career and Technical Education (K-12)

Cleveland County Schools offers programs in Career & Technical Education (CTE) to develop entrepreneurial skills for middle & high school students.
400 West Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Public Education
Tony Fogleman
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

Cleveland County Small Business Investment Grant Program

The Small Business Grant requires a net increase in taxable value of at least $50,000 for the year following the year of application.
311 E. Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
County Tax
Chris Green
City Startup Labs Charlotte

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
City Startup Labs Charlotte

Entrepreneurs Organization Charlotte

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 160 chapters in 50 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.
Charlotte, NC
John Bly
Asheville Angels

IMAF Charlotte

IMAF-Charlotte's strength lies in its members – a group of highly successful men and women, residing or having interest in the greater Charlotte Region.  The membership represents a variety of professional experiences and include those having direct experience in high growth industries and technologies.
719 Angelica Circle
Cary, NC 27518
Seed-stage angel capital fund
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

Manufacturing Solutions Center

The Manufacturing Solutions Center is a non-profit in Conover, NC, working to assist with product testing, development, training, & engineering.
301 Conover Station SE
Conover, NC 28613
Entrepreneur support
Linda York
Asheville Angels


The portal supports the NCMBC's goals to retain federal revenues and create jobs by: expanding government contracting with NC companies; integrating transitioning military and military family members into the state workforce; and recruiting additional defense-related industries to North Carolina.
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Supports the NCMBC's goals to retain federal revenues and create jobs
(Online web-based)
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

NC DENR -Recycling Business Assistance Center

The NC DENR Recycling Business Assistance Center provides resources and information on recycling business development assistance.
610 East Center Ave., Suite 301, Mooresville, NC 28115
Marcia Allocco
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

NC Department of Commerce

The NC Department of Commerce is the state's lead agency for economic, community & workforce development, providing support to launch & grow business.
301 North Wilmington StreetRaleigh, North Carolina 27601-1058
Secretary of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III
(919) 814-4600
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

NC Department of Labor

The N.C. Department of Labor is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state.
1101 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1101
Cherie Berry
Asheville Angels

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
Asheville Angels


NC IDEA serves as a catalyst for young, high-growth, technology companies. NC IDEA provides small grants to high-tech start up companies in NC.
201 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
NC Grant Program
Andrea Cook
Asheville Angels

NC Military Business Center

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Business development entity of the NC Community College System
Fran Perez-Wilhite
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

NCSU Cooperative Extension Office

The Cooperative Extension offers educational programs to benefit farmers, rural and urban residents, families, community and civic leaders and youth.
130 S. Post Rd., Suite 1
Shelby, NC 28152
Agriculture, State Organization
Greg Traywick
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

NCSU Industrial Extension Service

IES helps improve, promote, & connect industry to the world-class research of NC State in manufacturing, healthcare, & government service sectors.
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 200, Research III
Raleigh, NC 27606
NC State Industry Expansion Solutions
Phil Mintz
City Startup Labs Charlotte


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.

Small Business and Technology Development Center

The SBTDC has helped NC businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. We provide management counseling and educational services to small businesses.
1990 Main Ave. SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Provider of management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses
Byron Hicks
Asheville Angels

South Carolina Angel Network/Upstate Angels

investment sourcing, regional syndication, angel group development, and investor education
Early stage capital formation in South Carolina.
(Online web-based)
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Spangler Branch Library

It's the mission of the Cleveland County Library System to offer access to a comprehensive collection of materials, in a safe & welcoming environment.
112 Piedmont Drive Lawndale, NC 28090
Public Library
Debbie Page
Boiling Springs -Planning Department

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

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