Upcoming CONNECTIONS@Work Events

Entrepreneur Resources

Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The Catalyst: Entrepreneurs Supporting Entrepreneurs is a group of local founders, mentors/investors and local entrepreneurial support resources (The Chamber of Catawba County, SBTDC, the CVCC Small Business Center, SCORE, Manufacturing Solutions Center, LRU Center for Social & Commercial Entrepreneurship). We are growing Catawba County’s start-up community by providing regular entrepreneurial programming to build community and provide needed support to local entrepreneurs to steepen and lengthen their growth curves.

For upcoming events & programs for local Founders to connect you to the resources you need to grow and thrive in the Hickory Metro, email Lindsay Keisler and request to receive more information. 

Entrepreneur Resources

The “Entrepreneurial Spirit” of Catawba County has never been stronger and its network of resources for business development, no matter what stage you are in or type business size, years in business, training needs, etc. are available with one phone call or click of a mouse. To better understand these resources, contact Emily Jaynes, Shareholder Relations & Events Manager

Small Business Center at CVCC

The Small Business Center at CVCC works with start-ups and existing small businesses through offering training seminars and providing confidential business counseling at no cost.  The SBC’s mission is to help new businesses get started and to help existing small businesses expand, increasing the number of businesses and jobs in our community. When you start up—and grow—a profitable business, you make a positive impact on the economic health of our region. The job at the Small Business Center is to provide you every possible resource.

Click here to visit their website to view their schedule of workshops for small business owners and/or to schedule your counseling appointment.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

To help Chamber Shareholders and Investors achieve growth and competitiveness success, we have forged a partnership with one of our state’s most experienced business assistance programs: the university-based NC Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The SBTDC has a proven track record of helping businesses develop high-return strategies, including increasing sales, developing new markets, building talent, enhancing leadership capabilities, as well as working with regional partners to “Make your business better.”

Schedule an informational appointment with one of their Business Counselors to understand how they can assist you in achieving your goals for growth.