To help your company succeed

The Following Programs And Organizations Can Help Your Business Thrive


This is an eight class series hosted by the Marion Business Association in partnership with the MTCC Small Business Training Center and the McDowell Chamber that helps with understanding the principles of owning and operating a business. GEM is an entrepreneur training that teaches the basics of entrepreneurship.


The Chamber works closely with local and regional governments, area business owners, and community organizations to support economic growth and encourage community involvement. Since 1957, we have been working to create a community that respects its history and natural resources while utilizing innovative ideas and practices to move boldly into the future.


LINC stands for Leadership, Involvement, Networking, and Community. The LINC Leadership program began in 2008 as an interactive approach to developing citizen awareness of and engagement in the life of our community. Enrollment is limited to 27 participants and is open on a first-come basis; partial scholarships are available. 


Running your own business is exciting and sometimes overwhelming and we want to make it as painless as possible.  We can assist with a business plan, which is a roadmap for your business; tax information; legal references; financial planning and many other details that are required to make your new business a success.

MTCC Small Business Center

The purpose of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate of small businesses in McDowell County and the surrounding counties by assisting prospective small business operators to reach their full potential by utilizing all resources available through the Small Business Center.


The primary goal of the McDowell Economic Development Association (MEDA) is job creation and to increase the tax base in McDowell County, whether it is through new industry recruitment or existing industry assistance. In an effort to realize this goal, MEDA maintains a good working relationship with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Industrial Realtors, utility companies, and other interested parties.