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Small Business Center Receives New Funding to Support Local Business Owners

ECC Small Business Center Director Katelyn Edmondson

The Small Business Center of Edgecombe Community College is ready to help local small businesses reboot, recover, and rebuild.

The NC Community College System’s Small Business Center Network recently received new funding to support additional counseling services for small businesses. ECC’s Small Business Center is a member of this network.

According to Katelyn Edmondson, director of the Small Business Center at ECC, “Funds will be used to provide free, one-on-one counseling with clients who have been affected by COVID-19, specifically to bring in subject matter experts such as attorneys and accountants to help small businesses work through this difficult time.”

The State funding was made possible by the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act.

The initiative is designed to help owners of startup, for profit, e-commerce, and non-profit businesses as well as churches and religious organizations.

The confidential, one-on-one counseling will take place in a virtual environment and is available for free.

Counselors can assist with the following:

  • general business guidance
  • assessing the economic impact of the pandemic
  • strategies for scaling business operations
  • break-even and cash flow analysis
  • marketing plans
  • review of financial obligations
  • communications with creditors
  • loan package preparation
  • business resilience strategies
  • referrals to relevant sources of assistance

Register for a free Professional Service Grant and a counseling session using the link

Please contact with questions. “We look forward to supporting your business!” Edmondson adds.