Making Your Business Better
The SBTDC’s Appalachian State University-affiliated locations in Boone and Hickory are committed to helping make your business better. Our team of experienced business professionals is here to help your small or mid-size business:
- Make better, more informed decisions
- Access sources of capital and financing
- Evaluate and improve your financial performance
- Obtain quality business and market information
- Improve leadership skills and employee performance
- Plan for a better future
Our Boone office serves the counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. Our Hickory office serves the counties of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln.
Lakeside Project Solutions
“For me, internships were about getting a little bit of work done for the business, but it was more of a community service project.” Then she became involved with the SBTDC’s internship programs and her whole philosophy changed. One of LPS’ first interns created a 12-month marketing program including all of the content created, addresses loaded and ready to launch. “It was good enough to use without editing. Suddenly I realized we could be more effective and profitable with the SBTDC interns.”
Barringer Moving and Storage
When we found the right building, our first call was to our SBTDC counselor, Byron. He was a tremendous help. He educated us on what the bankers needed and asked us all the questions that the bankers would ask. The banks loved it. They didn’t have to ask the questions, because we had the packet ready and we looked like a professional company. Honestly, without that assistance, no banker would have even looked at us to find out our story, and we never would have gotten this building.
The bottom line is: if you have a business and don’t make wise financial decisions, it doesn’t matter how passionate you are, you won’t stay in business long. That’s why the SBTDC is so instrumental to small businesses and start-ups. It’s free so you don’t have to pay for those resources.
I had the customers and knew the industry, but the SBTDC was able to help me come up with and implement new strategies for success.