SBC Events and Programs

The Small Business Center is involved in several annual events as well as special programs.

Annual Western Women's Business Conference

Spring 2024 - TBD

Each year, the A-B Tech Small Business Center partners with the Western Women's Business Center, Small Business Administration, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center to bring together women entrepreneurs, business experts, nationally-renowned speakers, and artists for a day of inspiration, learning, and networking. All with the goal of building a diverse, sustainable, and innovative entrepreneurial community here in Western North Carolina. View inspirational highlights from past years:



Over 95% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s buying power lies outside the United States. That means if you want to take your business to the next level, then exporting needs to be a key part of your plan. The Small Business Center works with state and federal agencies to help our NC companies enter, and succeed, in the global marketplace. Export University is one of several programs offered each year to help entrepreneurs learn more about growing their businesses.

Hold The Date:

July 11, 2023: EDPNC Going Global Road Show - details coming soon

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