Featured Events

Taking the Leap

If you’ve ever been interested in starting a business but don’t know where to begin, Taking the Leap is a great resource for you! In this free four week long cohort, participants will learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business and marketing a business. You’ll work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success. Taking the Leap is a state-wide program.

NC Aquaculture Development Conference

The Aquaculture Development Conference (ADC) is designed to bring together the general public, current and prospective fish farmers, scientists, and personnel from regulatory agencies to share information and ideas about the development of aquaculture. Attendees will learn about several topics relevant to aquaculture species in North Carolina and across the U.S.


The US Government alone spends more than $500 billion annually for various products and services, yet each year, thousands of contracts bypass small businesses that do not know about or understand how the government buys. Opportunities is your chance to learn how you can tap into this lucrative market. It is a regional biennial “reverse” trade show and conference.

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

Raising equity capital is challenging at best. Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur (IRE) is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors.

NxLeveL Business Workshops for Entrepreneurs

NxLeveL is a nationally recognized course designed for entrepreneurs. Learn to create, develop and strengthen successful business ventures from people who have been there before and take advantage of one-on-one time so you aren’t reinventing the wheel. NxLeveL provides a practical, hands-on, common sense approach to developing a successful business meaning you see results faster.