Small Business Assistance

Streamline your relocation with our small business assistance program

ICEDC’s Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) program provides free assistance to small business owners looking to set up shop or relocate their existing business.

Our SBO program:

  • Helps small businesses navigate the planning and inspections process
  • Identifies potential challenges of sites and facilities
  • Interprets zoning and building codes
  • Provides education and outreach programs on regulatory compliance issues
  • Coordinates between small businesses and government
  • Facilitates the resolution of complaints and disagreements

For more information contact or call 704-663-1898 and download our Business Resource Guide.

Small Business Center at Mitchell Community College

The purpose of the Small Business Center at Mitchell Community College is to attract, train, counsel, and provide educational services for existing and prospective small business owners and managers.  The mission of the Small Business Center is to be active in the economic growth of Iredell County by aiding small businesses in order to increase the number of start-ups, expand existing small businesses, and reduce the number of small business failures.

Seminars, workshops, and courses are offered each semester at no cost or for a nominal fee to the participant.  Expert presenters from all areas of North Carolina are brought to the campus to assist in meeting the training needs of small businesses.

The Small Business Center also collaborates with many other state and federal agencies in providing training and other services to Small Business clients.  Specific agencies include: The Small Business Administration, The North Carolina Rural Center, The Women’s Business Center, Small Business Technology and Development Center, and The US Department of Labor.

For further information, contact Gregory Cain, Director at (704) 878-3227 or