Business Development and Entrepreneurship Center
If are planning to start a new business, or want to make your existing business more successful, the Business Development & Entrepreneurship Center (BDEC) can help. At The BDEC you will find a wide variety of business assistance, most of which is free. Business counseling and seminars are provided through our Small Business Center which is a member of the North Carolina's Small Business Center Network.

Services offered by the BDEC include:

  • One-on-one business counseling for start-ups and existing businesses
  • A business incubator
  • Training and technical assistance in starting a business 
  • Assistance with applications to the NC Micro-enterprise Loan Program, and other loan programs.
  • Seminars, workshops and courses on a wide variety of business topics
  • Referral to specialized advisors
  • A business resource library
  • Internet access for business research

The Business Development & Entrepreneurship Center has offices in both Roxboro and Yanceyville. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our counselor, call (336) 599-0032, ext. 204 or email

Small Business Counseling

Through our Small Business Center we provide free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses. Our counselor is available to provide you with advice on starting or operating your business. No question is too simple, or complicated. We will be able to provide you with the answers you need, or refer you to someone who can.

You may request an appointment online or contact us by phone at (336) 599-0032.

Resource Library

Over 150 business books and publications, an Internet connection and audiovisual materials are available for your use, to help with small business research and problem solving. The resource center is located at our Roxboro office.

Free Small Business Seminars

Specialized seminars are offered which are designed to improve your management or technical skills; from the basics of how to start your own business to the complexities of record keeping, taxes and employee development. To see what’s currently being offered visit our Business Seminar listing. While you’re there be sure to sign up for our Seminar Updates email list. You’ll be first to hear about our newest offerings and will receive reminders of upcoming seminars.

Business Incubator

If you are looking for a place to start your small business or your home based business has outgrown the kitchen table we may have the space you need. The Roxboro/Person County BDEC is Person County’s own Business Incubator. We provide reasonable rents, business counseling, and shared services for businesses in the early stages of development. For more information call (336) 599-0032.

  • Reasonable rent which includes all utilities except phone service
  • Free High Speed Internet access
  • Shared fax/copier service
  • Shared receptionist
  • Janitorial services
  • Business planning and marketing assistance
  • Training seminars
  • Use of the Resource Library
  • Use of the Conference room

Microenterprise Loan Program

The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, now offers loans of up to $25,000 to local entrepreneurs to start or expand small businesses in rural North Carolina. The Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program works with the BDEC to help people finance small business ventures when they might otherwise have difficulty getting loans from banks or other traditional lending sources. Click here for more information.

The BDEC staff will assist you in preparing and submitting your loan request. You may request an appointment online or contact us by phone at (336) 599-0032.