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Small Business / Entrepreneurship: Starting

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Starting a Business

Small Business Center (SBC) clients may access the online resources by visiting a Rowan-Cabarrus Library location near you or by contacting the Director of the Small Business Center. The Remote login for the SBC will be changed every semester.

Small Business Resource Collection

Small Business Resource Collection
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Library
399 Biotechnology Lane
Kannapolis, NC 28081

Library Liaison: Zach Housel

Access a List of titles available
in the Small Business Resource Collection

Located at the North Carolina Research Center (NCRC) Library in Kannapolis, the Small Business Resources Collection is a great place to stop by and pick up a book or other resource from our lending library. You’ll find titles on entrepreneurship, management and leadership, sales and marketing, HR, customer service, business start-up, and more.

Small Business Center (SBC) clients are eligible to access these resources by becoming a Community Borrower of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Library.  The $5.00 membership fee is waived for referred clients of the Small Business Center (SBC).  The Library also provides access to electronic resources for Small Business Center clients.  Clients should speak with the Small Business Center (SBC) Director or the Library Business Liaison to learn how to access electronic resources.

Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center

Small Business Center
Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
57 Union St. S.
Concord, NC 28025

Director: Megan Smit

If you are interested in starting your own business or expanding an existing business, please consider visiting the Small Business Center for more information about seminars, free counseling, helpful web links, and possibly setting up an appointment

Visit our main office in Concord to discuss your individual needs, get referrals, and find out how the SBC can help you. All counseling sessions are by appointment only.

Small Business Resource Guide for North Carolina

Upcoming Seminars

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12 essential TED Talks videos to start-up success

An essential guide to start-up success
Small business owners, entrepreneurs, or first-timers ready to pursue an exciting new venture — this one is for you. Enjoy these talks teeming with helpful advice on how to build, sustain and lead the company of your dreams. (Curated in partnership with The Hartford)

Small Business Center, Director

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Megan Smit
Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
57 Union St. S.
Concord, NC 28025

Business Librarian

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Zach Housel
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Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Welcome to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Guide. Here you can find resources from the Library and the web to assist you with starting and running your own business as well as assist you with coursework. If you are interested in starting your own business please check out the Small Business Center (SBC) here at Rowan-Cabarrus.

Looking for Accounting, BusinessBusiness Law, or Economics? Check out these other Research Guides. 

Free Learning Resources

North Carolina Library System - Entrepreneurial Mindset Training Course

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program includes: Approximately ten hours of narrated “chalkboard” lectures that include interview segments with real-world “Ice House” Entrepreneurs; Access to the Ice House Opportunity Discovery Process is designed to enable you to identify, evaluate, and bring new ideas to life; Action Items that enable you to immediately apply what you are learning in the real world; Points to Ponder reflection assignments designed to encourage self-reflection and analysis; and additional Resources to encourage further exploration of the core concepts.

Santa Clara University My Own Business Institute (MOBI)

Santa Clara University's My Own Business Institute (MOBI) offers free entrepreneur courses, a business plan template, topical business information, a starting a business checklist, and other useful resources. 


eCorner from Stanford University offers articles, videos, and podcasts for free.


Score from the Small Business Administration has free business planning & financial statement templates, webinars, mentorship programs, and other free resources.