Business Development

Business owners and entrepreneurs in Ashe County have a number of resources available to them for business guidance, assistance, and planning. The Small Business Development Center at Wilkes Community College offers training, help with market research, business plan development assistance, and guidance on legal requirements and taxes. Please visit the Small Business Center Network of the North Carolina Community College System’s Resources Page for more detailed information on how they can help you and your business. You can also contact Jeff Foster, the Wilkes Community College Small Business Center Director, for personalized assistance.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce operates the Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) Program, which provides access to an extensive network of experts who can help your business succeed. It contains helpful information on everything you need to know from licenses, government contracting, business plans, tax information to marketing and access to capital. In addition to the resources available on the BLNC website, BLNC business counselors are also available to answer your questions during regular business hours by calling 1-800-228-8443.

Aside from the regional and statewide resources available to small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce Business Consultants Group offers free business advice, mentoring, and counseling to anyone starting or operating a business in the County. Those seeking assistance from the Business Consultants Group are not required to be members of the Chamber of Commerce. The Group is comprised of ten consultants from varying backgrounds and areas of expertise that have served 58 clients since the Group’s inception in 2010. Please contact George Hayworth for more information or to set up an initial meeting: ghayworth@yahoo.com.

Selected Resources:

Business Start-Up & Resource Guide (0.9 MB download)

How to Develop a Business Plan (0.3 MB download)

Business Plan TemplateBusiness Plan Template (0.07MB download)

How to Conduct an Industry Analysis (0.1 MB download)

Intellectual Property Guide (0.7 MB download)

Business Cash Flow Template (0.3 MB download)