Small Business

Craven County values small businesses – resources are available to help you start or grow your small business. 

Local Resources
The Small Business Center seeks to increase the success rate of start-ups and the number of viable small businesses in eastern North Carolina by providing high-quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing business owners. The SBC supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses in Craven County by being a community-based provider of business training, consultations, and resource information. (All SBC programs and consultations are free of charge.)
The City of New Bern’s Department of Development Services’ primary focus is providing assistance to the community in developing plans, ordinances, implementing projects, and administering codes that produce orderly growth while maintaining community character and New Bern’s small town charm.
BEFCOR strives to provide a smooth, positive experience for both lender partners and clients as they complete the 504 application and servicing process. Its goal is to establish and maintain true partnerships with both our clients and lenders in order to serve our community with new and expanding businesses.
The Entrepreneur Center of Craven County (TEC3) is a coworking space, located in downtown New Bern, dedicated to creating, encouraging and facilitating an entrepreneurial culture through collaboration, mentoring, education and networking resources.
The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce serves to positively cultivate economic stability for the local community by partnering with local businesses to promote and engage its members so they are positioned not only to succeed, but thrive.
The Havelock Chamber of Commerce strengthens and promotes business in the Havelock region to facilitate a robust economic and community environment. The Chamber provides a platform for businesses to come together to work towards common goals and serve as a collective voice to advocate business issues.

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Targeted, performance-based incentive programs complement the state’s competitive cost structure and low business tax burden to offer businesses a cost-effective place to locate or expand.