Digital Learning Academy

LEARN
ONLINE.

We take pride in providing small businesses with technical assistance through online learning. Our free Digital Learning Academy offers courses from expert practitioners on a range of topics, and includes courses in both English and Spanish.

 

Available courses include:

  • Access to Capital 

  • Business and Financial Management 

  • Disaster Risk Management 

  • Marketing and Social Media 

  • And more!

Additional Resources

Starting a Business

We have a list of resources aimed to help you along the journey of starting your new business.

Managing a

Business

Managing a business requires various skills in multiple topics. These online resources will provide you with information on what it takes to strengthen your small business management skills.

Marketing

Understanding your business means also understanding how your business earn, spends and invests its money. These online resources will provide you with in-depth information to enhance your small business financial literacy.

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Industry- Specific Resources

Here are some tools and resources that will help you understand the needs of your very specific business. We are constantly adding to this page. If you have an industry that you would like more information or resources for, please send an email to shenderson@carolinasmallbusiness.org

Finance & Money

Getting in front of your customers is an essential part of business. These online resources will teach you how to sharpen your skills and position yourself for your next sale.

Start a Business

Mindset Development- Self-Assessment – Developing Your Strengths

Mindset Development- Success Mindset

Starting a small business

Startup Success: How to Launch a Technology Company in 6 Steps

Strategic Planning

Social Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Encore Entrepreneurship for Women over 50

Starting a business- Vision & Opportunity

How to write a business plan

Use a Lean Canvas Business Model

The Lean Canvas model will simplify your business planning by helping you to focus on the key areas of creating a strategy and milestones for your business.

Starting a non-profit organization

Learn the steps to starting a non-profit organization by following this quick and detailed guide.

SBTDC Business Start-Up Guide

The SBTDC developed the SBTDC Start-Up GuideBusiness Start-up Guide for those who are considering starting a business. The guide has seven sections with questions, worksheets and online resources to help you start the right way.

2019 SBA Small Business Week Webinars

Free educational webinars, mentoring, networking opportunities and business resources. The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE co-hosted a two-day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week, Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

CSBDF Equity Injection Requirements (as of 12/19)

If you're taking out a loan with Carolina Small Business, chances are, you'll hear the term "equity injection" as you move through the loan process. Read this brief guide that explains what an equity injection is and some of the ways you can contribute equity towards your business loan.

Finance &

Money

Basics of Finance

Financing options for your small business

How to Prepare a Loan Package

Savings Plans for small businesses

Understanding Profit & Loss

Accounting in Business

Personal Financial Management for loan readiness

23 Financial Terms Everyone Should Know

Score Financial Projections Template

Download this financial projections Excel template to calculate your startup expenses, payroll costs, sales forecast, cash flow, income statement, balance sheet, break-even analysis, financial ratios, cost of goods sold, amortization and depreciation for your small business.

Financial Projections Template Guide-English

For assistance in completing Score Financial Projections Template template, we recommend downloading this Financial Projections Template Guide.

SBA Monthly Cash Flow Worksheet (Template)

Use this template to help you build and understand your business's cash flow.

SBTDC Capital Opportunities for Small Businesses

The SBTDC’s Capital Opportunities for Small Businesses provides information about financial resources available to small businesses in North Carolina. The SBTDC publishes this in an effort to support the growth of North Carolina’s economy and to educate and serve the small business community.

SBTDC Guide to Selling a Small Business

The SBTDC’s Guide to Selling a Small Business contains an overview of the key steps and documents involved in the sale of a small business.

Credit Repair Resources

Here's a list of credit repair resources compiled by CSBDF.

Improving your credit score

Are you looking for tips to improve your credit score? View this guide published by the Small Business Development Center.

Small Business Financial Resource Guide

The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) has developed this Resource Guide
to assist you in getting the support you need to develop and manage accounting practices
properly giving you more time to focus on other equally important areas of your business.

CSBDF Equity Injection Requirements

If you're taking out a loan with Carolina Small Business, chances are, you'll hear the term "equity injection" as you move through the loan process. Read this brief guide that explains what an equity injection is and some of the ways you can contribute equity towards your business loan.

Industry

Specific

Resources

Healthy Foods Resource Guide

If you a provider of healthy foods provider and you would like more information about opportunities to expand your business, read this guide to point you in the right direction.

Resource Guide for Limited Resource Farmers

Use this guide to help you expand your farming business.

Start a food based business

If you'd like to start a food-based business (brick & mortar or mobile), use this resource to learn how the NC Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food & Drug Protection Services can assist you with getting the right information.

Food Truck Inspections

If you operate a food truck in NC, the NCDA&CS Standards Division requires you to participate in a food truck inspection. Use this resource to learn how to prepare for and schedule your inspection.

Food Distribution Services

Food Distribution operates two state warehouses for the purpose of distributing all USDA Foods allocated to seven different programs in North Carolina. Also, Food Distribution operates two small warehouses which distributes food to eligible individuals participating in specific programs.

Childcare Provider Resources

If you currently or plan to operate a childcare business, this resource will provide you with detailed information including regulations, staff development, business training and more.