CARRBORO, N.C. -- Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed Sunday, April 30, 2023 – Saturday, May 6, 2023, to be Small Business Week in Carrboro.
“I encourage all residents to support local businesses during this week and throughout the year, appreciating and celebrating the personal touches and unique expertise small businesses offer and the economic resilience they foster,” said Mayor Seils.
Small businesses in Carrboro play an essential role in supporting a vibrant community, making up 96 percent of businesses and employing more than 3350 workers. These small businesses provide essential services, create new jobs and support our local economy, helping make Carrboro a wonderful place to live, work and do business.
Every year, the US Small Business Administration sponsors National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy, creating jobs, supporting local communities and fostering innovation.
Many people still dream of starting their own business, and there are numerous sources of assistance: the Small Business Administration provides loans and free counseling; in North Carolina, organizations and programs such as Business Link Carolina, the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, the Small Business Center Network of the North Carolina Community College System, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and others can help prospective business owners learn how to start a business.
The Town’s Economic Development Department supports the business community, with a particular emphasis on locally owned businesses, by serving as an information hub to help them succeed. The department maintains a listing of Black, Indigenous, and people of color-owned businesses and encourages networking. To support job creation, business retention and energy efficiency, the department administers loan programs. The town partners with the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, and the Carrboro Business Alliance to promote local businesses.