Burke County has a vibrant and strong entrepreneurial environment. There are many resources in place to support small existing businesses and startups…


Bebo (Burke Entrepreneurs and Business Owners) is a networking group for anyone who owns a bebo logo 2010business or is interested in starting one. The group has quarterly networking and education sessions. Additionally, the Bebo leadership team meets once a month with scalable businesses to discuss ways that the community can support their growth.


Various loan programs are available in Burke County that provide access to a flexible source of capital. Learn more about VEDIC loan programs and the City of Morganton Small Business Loan Program.

Free Online Seminars and Training

Small Biz U offers free online courses that teach the “language of business”. Each class is delivered via the internet and is three-to-four-hours per class. You can access courses anytime and anywhere.

Small Business Center

Operated by Western Piedmont Community College, Burke County’s Small Business Center offers assistance with starting a new business venture or expanding an existing business. The Center offers one-on-one counseling, training and seminars on topics ranging from marketing, social media and e-commerce to business planning, proformas and taxes. Click here to schedule a session with the local SBC Director.

Other Resources

VEDIC (Valdese Economic Development Investment Corporation)

Downtown Morganton

SBCN (Small Business Center Network)

SBTDC (Small Business and Technology Development Center)

Burke County Chamber of Commerce

Burke County Tourism Development Authority

Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation