Business Links

Resources For Small Businesses and Aspiring Entrepreneurs In Gaston County

Affordable Healthcare Act information

Make sure your business is ready for the changes that are a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act. This link provides helpful websites which will guide you.

Business Link North Carolina Website

This site includes information on entrepreneurship-related events, business planning, financing, minority programs, government contracting, and specific industry sectors.

SBA North Carolina Small Business Resource

This guide provides information about the SBA’s loan guaranty programs, writing a business plan, and business structures (e.g., LLCs, corporations). It also informs entrepreneurs how they can find free business counseling in North Carolina.

SBTDC Business Start-Up & Resource Guide

This guide provides information on business concept feasibility, entry options (e.g., buying an existing business, franchising or startup), legal considerations, business planning, and financing.

Gaston College Small Business Center Start-A-Biz! Website

This site assists people interested in starting their own business in Gaston or Lincoln County. It includes information about free seminars and business consulting offered through the Small Business Center

NC Rural Entrepreneurship Development System Where To Go For What Guide

This guide helps entrepreneurs navigate various business services made available in NC including workshops, advice, marketing help, and financing.

NC Rural Entrepreneurship Development System Business Resources (2007)

This extensive business directory helps people find assistance they may need to support startups and other expansions in their communities.

Small Business Learning Center 

This tool from Fiscal Tiger provides information and advice for entrepreneurs and business owners. Some of the topics covered include a business plan creation, market research, business finances, budgeting, and growth strategies.

The NC Secretary of State Guidelines to Incorporating

The Secretary of State offers guides for organizing certain NC business entities (i.e., corporations, nonprofit corporations and LLCs).  They’re found under “Guidelines to Incorporating."

The NC Department of Commerce Business Notes

This guide provides information on business licenses, taxes and registration requirements.  It also informs entrepreneurs that they can call a Business Consultant at 800-228-8443 to learn about licensing requirements and other matters.

The Small Business Resource and Communication Guide

This site helps to assist businesses to provide better communication