Small Business Center

The Small Business Center (SBC) at Central Piedmont brings people together to learn, launch, connect, and grow. If you're ready to start a business or scale an existing venture, the Small Business Center programs and services will give you the skills, mindset, and network to succeed. 

  • About the Center

    Our objective is to help you succeed. Our services and programs will help you achieve your business goals by gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to:

    • develop a sound business plan
    • obtain capital
    • launch, grow, or maintain your business

    The Small Business Center at Central Piedmont cultivates the entrepreneurial community and stimulates local jobs by assisting individuals to launch and/or expand their business. The Small Business Center accomplishes this by providing affordable, accessible, high-quality training and knowledge-sharing opportunities to help you achieve your business goals.

  • Map and Directions

    The Small Business Center is located on the Central Campus


    Central Piedmont Community College
    Small Business Center
    Hall Building, Suite 214
    1112 Charlottetowne Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28204

    Directions: Google Map 

    Free parking for clients is located in the parking deck on the corner of 4th and Charlottetowne Avenue.


    From the North:

    Take I-77 South
    Take the Brookshire Frwy / I-277 / NC-16 exit - Exit 11 0 .1mi
    Merge onto I-277 S / NC-16 S via EXIT 11A on the LEFT 2.6mi
    Take the 4TH ST / NC-16 exit- EXIT 2A- toward 3rd St 0 .1mi
    Turn LEFT onto E 4TH ST / NC-16 S. <0.1 mi 
    Turn LEFT onto S MCDOWELL ST / NC-16 / NC-27 <0.1mi 
    Turn LEFT onto E 3RD ST / NC-16 S. 0 .4 mi 
    Turn LEFT onto CHARLOTTETOWNE AVE. <0.1 mi

    From the East:

    Take I-85 South 
    Merge to I-77 S / US-21 S- EXIT 38 toward COLUMBIA 2.3m.
    Take the Brookshire Frwy / I-277 / NC-16 exit - Exit 11 0.1mi
    Merge onto I-277 S / NC-16 S via EXIT 11A on the LEFT 2.6mi
    Take the 4TH ST / NC-16 exit- EXIT 2A- toward 3RD St 0.1mi
    Turn LEFT onto E 4TH ST / NC-16 S. <0.1 mi 
    Turn LEFT onto S MCDOWELL ST / NC-16 / NC-27 <0.1mi 
    Turn LEFT onto E 3RD ST / NC-16 S. 0 .4 mi 
    Turn LEFT onto CHARLOTTETOWNE AVE. <0.1 mi

    From the South:

    I-77 N toward CHARLOTTE 
    Take the JOHN BELK FRWY / I-277 / WILKINSON BLVD / US-74 exit- EXIT 9- toward US-29 / NC-27. 0.2mi 
    Merge onto I-277 N / US-74 E via EXIT 9B. 1.5mi 
    Take the 3RD ST / NC-16 S / 4TH St exit- EXIT 2A. 0.4mi 
    Turn RIGHT onto E 3RD ST / NC-16 S 0.2mi

    From the West

    I-85 N toward CHARLOTTE.
    Take the NC-27 E exit- EXIT 34- toward DOWNTOWN 0.4m 
    Merge onto FREEDOM DR. 2.4m 
    FREEDOM DR becomes S CLARKSON ST. 0.1m 
    Merge onto I-277 N / US-74 E via the ramp on the LEFT 1.5m
    Take the 3RD ST / NC-16 S / 4TH ST exit- EXIT 2A. 0.4m
    Turn RIGHT onto E 3RD ST / NC-16 S. 0.2m 
    Turn LEFT onto CHARLOTTETOWNE AVE. <0.1m

Services and Resources

The Small Business Center at Central Piedmont provides the local business community tuition-based courses, a non-degree certificate program, networking events, free seminars, no-cost counseling, and a business resource library. We proudly assist some 2,500 start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners each year.

  • Request Business Counseling Services

    Need answers? We provide free one-on-one confidential counseling for your small business and startup venture. Whether you need help on business planning, business growth, problem solving, or cash flow management, talk one-on-one with an expert.  

    Request Free, Confidential Business Counseling

    Upon submitting your request, you will be contacted within three business days to set up an appointment.

  • Become a Volunteer Business Counselor

    Become a Central Piedmont Small Business Center Virtual or In-person Volunteer Business Counselor and help assist entrepreneurs and business owners to plan, launch, and grow local businesses.

    If you are searching to share your expertise to help entrepreneurs achieve their business goals, Central Piedmont's Small Business Center has an exciting and rewarding opportunity for you. 

    Become a member of our Volunteer Counseling team and assist entrepreneurs on a limited basis, either on location at the Small Business Center or virtually. Virtual counseling sessions will utilize WebEx powered meeting center, which allows clients to meet with counselors virtually online to receive business coaching, advisement, and mentoring.

    Learn More about the Small Business Center Virtual Volunteer Program

  • Resource Center

    Located on the second floor of the Hall Building on the Central Campus, the Resource Center offers lending and use of professional resources to guide and increase your business knowledge. Visit us today, and take advantage of these valuable resources available at no cost to you.

    • Print Materials 
    • Multimedia and Subscription Materials
    • Computer Workstations                                                

        Hours of Operation

        Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
        Fridays: Closed during a portion of the summer session. Call for details. 
        (Evenings and special needs welcomed by request.)

      • Become an SBC Instructor

        The Small Business Center is always looking for presenters with new ideas for an interesting course or seminar topic. If you have an idea for a class or seminar, the desire to teach, and meet the below requirements, please submit an instructor interest form.

        Suggested Qualifications:

        • Degree, accreditation, licensure and/or experience in the subject area
        • Minimum of three years of experience in your subject area
        • Current or previous business ownership experience
        • Teaching or training experience with adult learners
        • Ability to communicate effectively

        Fill out the Instructor Interest Form

      Programs and Courses

      The Small Business Center offers many business and entrepreneurship courses starting throughout each semester. Experienced instructors and proven material helps prepare you to start, grow, lead and manage an entrepreneurial venture. With topics ranging from formation and operating plans to growth strategies, you'll find the Small Business Center has courses to guide you.

      • Course Schedule and Registration

        Featured Programs 

        Featured Courses 

        Current Schedule 

        Small Business offerings can change. If a program or course you are interested in is not currently offered, contact the Small Business Center. 


      • Scholarship Opportunities

        Thomas J. Hall Scholarship for Continuing Education Studies at the Small Business Center

        The Thomas J. Hall Endowed Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund at Central Piedmont has been created through the generosity of Mr. Thomas J. Hall, President, The Hall Group. The award of scholarships represents Mr. Hall’s commitment to the college and to its students interested in learning about entrepreneurship and running a small business.

        The scholarships will be awarded to Corporate and Continuing Education students who display significant potential as a successful entrepreneur and future business leader. Successful candidates must demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and meet the eligibility/application requirements.

        Eligibility Requirements and Application

        Empower U:The Entrepreneurial Mindset Scholarships from Carolina Small Business Development Fund

        Carolina Small Business Development Fund is a nonprofit and certified CDFI that is passionate about supporting small businesses in underserved areas. Ten scholarships will be awarded for individuals interested in participating in the spring 2020 cohort of Empower U: The Entrepreneurial Mindset program. 

        Eligibility Requirements:

        Must live, own a business or be an employee of a business in the NW Corridor (Zip Codes 28208, 28216)

        • Attendees must have a strong commitment to attend and actively participate in all program sessions
        • Must have availability to meet with the selection committee or a business counselor prior to program launch

        Apply now to be considered for a $279 scholarship to cover the program tuition. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2019. If you do not qualify for the scholarship you may still enroll in the course.

      Seminars and Workshops

      Small business seminars designed to help you navigate startup and growth challenges are offered for free online and at Central Piedmont campuses. Enrollment is limited, so please be sure to register.