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We are your support group to help you go from idea to reality or from reality to scaling.


Olive Hill CEDC recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship in creating generational wealth and narrowing the racial wealth gap. That's why we partner with Mountain Bizworks Multicultural Catalyst and Thread Capital loan programs, designed specifically to provide marginalized entrepreneurs with access to the capital they need to start and grow their businesses. By breaking down the barriers to entry and helping entrepreneurs succeed, we can empower marginalized communities and create a brighter future for all.

Olive Hill CEDC offers comprehensive consulting services in contracting, procurement, and supplier diversity, focusing on providing guidance and assistance to small minority-owned businesses. 


OHCEDC help businesses navigate

  • the complexities of government contracts

  • procurement processes

  • supplier diversity programs

  • access to training workshops

  • how to find contract opportunities


Services include expert advice & assistance on certification applications, ensuring that small minority-owned businesses have access to opportunities for growth and success in the marketplace.

Our commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion makes us a valuable resource for businesses looking to thrive in competitive industries.

Our Partners
Thriving communities flourish on the interconnectedness of individuals and businesses.
We understand that our success is intertwined with the partnerships we forge and uphold.

Mtn. Bizworks Multicultural Catalyst Program
Asheville, NC


Regional Partner Meeting @ Olive Hill CEDC


Raleigh, NC


At Thread Capital, we believe everyone in North Carolina who has a viable idea for a business that they want to start or grow, should have the resources they need to thrive.


Our mission is to provide capital, coaching, and connections to small businesses who have traditionally had challenges accessing resources. Our specific focus is on small businesses that are owned by people of color, women, low-income individuals, and rural-based individuals. We are committed to creating a more robust, inclusive ecosystem, crafting a new era of entrepreneurship across the state of North Carolina, one that gives everyone an opportunity to achieve their small business dreams.

Minority Business Association

Olive Hill CEDC aims to establish a Minority Business Association with the goal of proactively supporting and promoting the thriving and continued economic and social benefits of diverse businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans. This will be achieved through collaborative efforts with economic, social, cultural, educational, and political stakeholders in our communities."

"Our mission is to establish a minority business association in the Foothills region, dedicated to fostering the prosperity of diverse businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and veterans. Through collaborative efforts with economic, social, cultural, educational, and political stakeholders, we aim to create a supportive ecosystem that ensures the ongoing economic and social contributions of these businesses to our communities. Additionally, we are committed to developing and implementing youth programs focused on cultivating the next generation of leaders."

Should you be interested in an exploratory committee and live in Burke Caldwell Catawba or McDowell NC Counties, please complete the interest form below.

Minority Business Association Interest Form

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Olive Hill CEDC

Business Center serves as an advocate for socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs seeking to create, sustain or grow micro enterprises. OHCEDC offers skill based resources designed to address the special needs of minorities in business.

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