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Small Business Center


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The purpose of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate of small businesses in McDowell County and the surrounding counties by assisting prospective small business operators to reach their full potential by utilizing all resources available through the Small Business Center

The Small Business Center is one of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina. It provides free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses. Available on an as-needed basis, the SBC Director serves as a sounding board for ideas and concerns people may have about their business. Our professional staff will help you find solutions to your challenging business questions. No question is too simple or too complicated.

The Small Business Center has a library of professional resources waiting to be tapped. Printed materials including books, pamphlets, magazines and trade journals are available for your use. It also offers access to the Internet.

Small Business Center Address and Map: 

634 College Drive

Marion, NC  28752

Google Map:

Small Business Center Resource Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Seminars and Workshops:

The Small Business Center offers a variety of seminars and workshops to help small businesses be successful. Some of the topics include:

Authentic Marketing for Small Business
Turning Your Side-Hustle into a Successful Business
Balancing Protection with Profit for Small Business
Marketing to Millennials
Marketing Roundtables
Please click on a Seminar / Workshop below for more information:

Small Business Center Seminars

Meet with a business counselor:

In order to meet with a business counselor, please complete an
Online Request for Counseling Form, and a someone will contact you to
set an appointment.

Questions / Info
For questions or to pre-register for these seminars, contact Terry Valentino at 828-652-0634 or email her at

Terry Valentino
Terry Valentino
Director of the Small Business and Industry Development Center