Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UNC Asheville – Business Launch Initiative

UNC Asheville hosts a Business Launch Specialist who covers Western North Carolina for the Business Launch Initiative of the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The Business Launch initiative is a specialized service of the SBTDC that helps entrepreneurs to evaluate an idea, form the idea into a business model, and launch the viable idea into a new North Carolina business. SBTDC established this initiative in 2019 to help early stage innovators, particularly those around university ecosystems, move forward with forming a business and to keep our state on the forefront of tech business creation.
Are you considering starting a business, but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you have questions like: Where do I get funding?, How do I write a business plan?, and Are any licenses or permits needed? If so, the SBTDC has several tools to help you start your business.

Seminars & Workshops

Taking The Leap | 4 Week Cohort

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a business but don’t know where to begin, Taking the Leap is a great resource for you! In this free four-week long cohort, participants will learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business and marketing a business. You’ll work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success. Taking the Leap is a state-wide program. For dates and locations visit


SBTDC Business Start-Up & Resource Guide

This free downloadable publication has it all. Assess yourself to see if you have what it takes to be a business owner. Learn how to write a business plan people will read cover to cover. Find the legal structure best suited for you. Check out our list of state and federal resources, including local and state licenses/permits. Download

Trying to write a business plan?

Besides our Business Start-Up & Resource Guide there are excellent websites with information on how to write an impressive business plan. Online Marketing Resources

How to fund your business?

Did you know most businesses are started primarily with owner financing? If that is not enough money to get your business going, our Capital Opportunities for Small Business guide is the most comprehensive financing resource describing all the funding options available to North Carolina companies and startups. This continuously updated 135-page guide also has contact information to learn more about each funding opportunity. Download

Confused about business grants?

You are not alone. Click here for answers about grants and other frequently asked questions. Grants and FAQ

How to investigate industry information?

There are many places on the internet to get demographic data, target market analysis, competitor information, industry data and more. We have found the best websites so you can get the information you need faster. Online Marketing Resources

Looking for something else?

See a list of all SBTDC Resources. All Resources