Minority Business Resources

The National Institute Economic Development

A statewide nonprofit organization that provides support via access to capital, expanded market opportunities, and executive education/training to small, minority and women-owned business enterprises. Programs include the Women's Business Center of North Carolina, which provides tools and services to help women entrepreneurs succeed.


Black Economic Alliance Foundation

Committed to promoting sustainable economic development for Black Americans. Economic security and wealth creation studies have shown that successful business ownership is a path to economic security and to wealth creation. Yet, there continue to be gaps in funding for Black entrepreneurs from traditional funding sources.

With this in mind, we are launching the Black Economic Alliance Entrepreneurs Fund to provide $50 million of seed, start-up, and early-stage capital to businesses founded and led by Black entrepreneurs. The launch of the Fund is anchored by Wells Fargo with a $20 million commitment to kick-start operations and investments.


El Centro Hispano

El Centro Hispano is a Latino nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community, building bridges and advocating for equity and inclusion for Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.


Minority Business Development Agency

The U.S. Department of Commerce operates the Minority Business Development Agency, which is dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of business enterprises owned and operated by African Americans, Asian Americans, Hasidic Jews, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.


Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)

Advocates for minority, women and disabled-owned businesses in their efforts to conduct business with the State of North Carolina.


American Indian Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina

Seeks to give existing American Indian businesses and new entrepreneurs a better chance of success by providing them with access to intra-member counseling, information sharing opportunities, and more awareness of other business development programs.


North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council

The North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC) was created to lead NC IDEA in its programmatic and grant making ambitions to address the challenges of Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina. The Council works closely with the Foundation to identify, recommend and support partners, grant recipients and programs to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community.


North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of Hispanic businesses in collaboration with the business community at-large.