President Biden announced important changes to the PPP, including a two-week window for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

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Leonard USA is creating jobs in rural Surry County where unemployment was as high as 13% in recent years. The firm builds portable storage units and trailers at its plants in Mount Airy. These and truck accessories are sold from 51 factory outlets in and around North Carolina. Leonard was approved for it's second $1,000,000 SBA Loan through Surrey Bank & Trust in December 2011.

Whether you are starting or expanding a business, preparation is key. This is true both for the success of the business, and approaching a lender for financing. The Secret Chocolatier in Charlotte, NC is one such example. The chocolate shop is owned and operated by Andy and Robin Ciordia and Robin’s parents, Bill and Karen Dietz. This family of chocolate artisans began their business in 2008, selling their confections at various farmers’ markets and specialty shops around town. They sold both retail and wholesale.

This page contains a list of SBA 7(a) Lenders, 504 Certified Development Companies, and SBA Microlenders.  For more information about  programs or to start the application process, please contact the lenders directly.

Participating 7(a) Lenders

Aquesta Bank

Main office 704-439-4343

After hours 877-266-5556


Ameris Bank

(229) 985-1111


Atlantic Capital Bank

(855) 693-7422

 Karen Caruso, owner and CEO of Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB) in Hendersonville, NC has been named the 2011 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Karen's entrepreneurial spirit was ignited in 1995 while watching an Oprah Winfrey show with her daughter on abusive child care providers. She decided at that moment what her future would look like. 

Please scroll through the attached listing for the SBA and Small Business Assistance contacts in your area of the state that can be accessed with a simple phone call.


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