America’s Business Funding Directory – This is a free database of funding sources that searches over 3,600 sources of capital. The site also has step-by-step manuals that instruct you on how to prepare and present a successful funding request.

Sample Business Plans – This site promotes a software produce but there are free sample business plans for all types of businesses. There is also a question and answer section.

Job Description Writer – Use the keyword search to identify your occupation. Enter as much information about the job listing as you wish. This can include the location of the job, any education, training, or licenses required, and the wage offered. You can include statements from lists of tasks and knowledges from O*NET in your job description.
A final job description containing the job title, job location information, tasks and required or preferred knowledge is produced. You can copy it to diskette or your hard-drive for further development.

Sample Business Letters – This site contains samples of 491 business letters—everything from “Acceptance of Resignation Letter to Verification of Employment Letter.

NC Small Business and Technology Development Center – The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) helps small business owners (and those interested in starting a business) meet the challenges of today’s business environment, manage that ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business. We do this by providing management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina from our 17 offices across the state — each affiliated with a college or university. Our mission is to help North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs within the state. Most of our services are free of charge, and all SBTDC services are confidential.

Mountain Microenterprise Fund – provides entrepreneurs with the skills they need to start or expand a small business.

Edward Lowe Foundation – The Edward Lowe Foundation is an operating foundation that assists groups of second-stage business owners and the organizations that serve them.

Edward Lowe Foundation Entrepreneur’s Resource Center – This site is a service of the Edward Lowe Foundation and has many articles relevant to small business.

Employment Law Guide – US Department of Labor’s guide to Employment Laws

Links to Small Business Centers in Region A

Haywood Community College Small Business Center – Serving Haywood County – includes information on up-coming seminars, resources available through the SBC, and a New Business Guide for Haywood County

Southwestern Community College Small Business Center – Serving Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties – includes information on up-coming seminars, and links to business services

Tri-County Community College Small Business Center – Serving Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties – includes information on upcoming seminars and other resources available to Small Business Centers