Key Partners and Business Resources for Cherokee and Western NC


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810 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719

Ph 828-359-5002
Fax 828-359-5007

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Business Resources

AdvantageWest Economic development group serving 23 western counties. Asheville. 828-687-7234

Center for Veteran Enterprises Assists veteran entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service One-on-one counseling in money management and debt repayment.

Cherokee NC Chamber of Commerce Tourism & business organization. 877-433-6700

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Official Cherokee government web site. Main office 828-497-7000

First Citizens Bank Personal and business loans. Cherokee main branch, Tsali Blvd. 828-497-2041

Haywood Community College Waynesville 828-627-2821

Mountain BizWorks (formerly Mountain Microenterprise Fund) Training, consulting and financing for start-up or business expansion. Asheville 888-389-3089

Mountain Credit Union Personal and business loans. Cherokee branch, 375 Sequoyah Tr #39. 828-497-6211

NC Council for Entrepreneurial Development

NC Department of Commerce

NC Inst. of Minority Economic Development Minority business development, women's business center

NC Rural Economic Development Center Rural policy initiatives, capacity building programs, research and information tools

NC Small Business & Technology Development Center Counseling, education and business planning.

Qualla Financial Freedom Financial management skills at the WCU-Cherokee Center, Acquoni Rd. 828-497-7233

Self Help Credit Union Community development lender for home buyers, small businesses and nonprofits. Durham 800-476-7428

Smoky Mountain Development Corporation SBA 504 loans for up to $1.5 million. Waynesville 828-452-1967





Smoky Mountain Host
Marketing organization for the 7 far western counties and the Qualla Boundary. Franklin 800-432-4678

Southwestern Community College On-site and on-line classes. Main campus in Sylva 828-586-4091. SCC Cherokee Center 497-7233

Southwestern Planning Commission Workforce Development Board Job-link centers.

UNC Pembroke Pembroke Regional Center for Economic, Community & Professional Development

United Community Bank Personal and business loans. Cherokee branch, 3273 US 441-N 828-497-3222

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Consultations, assistance and funding opportunities for individuals and businesses in rural communities.

US Department of Housing & Urban Development

US Small Business Administration

US SBA Online Forms

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee 838-227-7211

Women's Center of Fayetteville Small business resource for women

Tribal Resources

North Carolina Indian Economic Development Initiative, Inc.PO Box 87044, Fayetteville, NC 28304. 910-486-6555

Coharie 7531 N. US Hwy 421, Clinton, NC 28328. 910-594-4906

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Main office 828-497-7000

Haliwa-Saponi P.O. Box 99, Hollister, NC 27844. 252-586-4017

Lumbee PO Box 2709, 707 Prospect Rd., Pembroke, NC 28372. 910-521-7861 Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation

Meherrin PO Box 508, Winton, NC 27986. 252-398-3321

Occaneechi 207 East Center St., Megane, NC 27302. 919-304-3723

Sappony 4218 Virgilina Rd., Virgilina, VA 24598. 434-585-3352

Waccamaw Siouan PO Box 69, Bolton, NC 28423. 910-655-8778





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