Small Business Development

The Small Business Development Program of the Catawba Indian Nation is part of the Economic Development Department. As such, the Program draws on the expertise of the Small Business Program staff and other resources within the Economic Development Department.

The Catawba Indian Nation Small Business Program encourages tribal members to use the tribal resources as well as the outside resources to achieve a thorough plan for starting or expanding businesses. There are over 35 tribal member owned businesses. This is a testament to the creativity and ability of the tribal members who own these businesses.

For more information contact

Ronnie Beck
Small Business Coordinator
996 Avenue of the Nations
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Tel 803 366-4792 Ext 233
Fax 803 327-4853

What services does the Small Business Program provide?

  • Assisting prospective business owners with writing business plans.
  • Credit counseling as it relates to business ownership.
  • Maintaining a Directory of Catawba Tribal Member Owned Businesses. Click here to view a copy of the current Directory of Catawba Tribal Member Owned Businesses.
  • Assisting tribal owners of existing businesses with writing business plans for expansion.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to tribal member owned businesses.
  • Participating in efforts to encourage and inform tribal member youth that entrepreneurship is a valid and attainable option in planning a rewarding career.
  • Providing at least two educational events per year related to business start up or expansion.
  • Conducting a course called Indianpreneurship , an entrepreneurship training program developed by and for Native Americans.
  • Administering a Small Business Loan Program for qualified Catawba Tribal Member applicants. This microloan program makes loans in the $5,000 to $15,000 range to help tribal entrepreneurs acquire equipment or otherwise fund the start up or expansion of their businesses.

Micro Loan– Our (RBEG) Micro Loans through the USDA help qualified applicants to start Small Business’s. Borrowers can borrow up to $15,000 to start a business.  Step 1 fill out the application, Step 2 return application, recent taxes (copy), pay stub, and credit report to Ronnie Beck at the Longhouse. Step 3 we will start writing your business plan. Step 4 the CIN Small Business Department  Coordinator will turn your application into the USDA office for approval. Download the form HERE.

AFI information-Catawba Cash! Small Business and Education Program
Are you interested in starting a Small Business or receiving funding for school? The CIN Small Business Department is GIVING AWAY $4000.00. Interested in finding out more and if you qualify, feel out the AFI (Catawba Cash!) Application and return it to Ronnie Beck at the Longhouse along with a copy of your most recent taxes or play stub.Download the form HERE.


In addition, the Small Business Development Program is knowledgeable about and can refer you to other available resources, such as:

  • U S Small Business Administration
  • The SBA provides four basic business support functions. Those support functions are:
  • Guaranty of loans through commercial banks or other lenders
  • Training and counseling
  • Assistance with government contracting
  • Disaster assistance

Winthrop University Small Business Development Center

The Winthrop University SBDC has workshops dealing with many aspects of
business including start ups, financial management, marketing, use of technology,
and taxation. The SBDC can provide ongoing counseling to small businesses. The website address is

Contact: Forrest Norman, CPA

Senior Counselor
Small Business Development Center
College of Business Administration
118 Thurmond Building
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Tel 803 323-2283


SCORE which is also known as “Counselors to Americas Small Businesses” is composed of 10,500 active and retired volunteer business professionals. SCORE matches volunteer business counselors with clients in need of expert advice. The website address for SCORE is
York, Chester and Lancaster Counties are part of the Midlands Chapter of SCORE in South Carolina. A website for the Midlands Chapter is

PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance Center

PTAC assists small businesses in dealing with the process and procedures for contracting with federal, state and local governments.

Contact PTAC in South Carolina

Scott Bellows
SC PTAC Program Manager
Small Business Development Center
1225 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel 803 777-7877

Veterans Business Outreach Center

The Veterans Business Outreach Program provides entrepreneurial development services to veterans who are owners of businesses or who plan to start businesses. The SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative effort, serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers. Services available range from business plan writing, to marketing, operations, financial analysis, government contracting assistance and loan programs. South Carolina is handled by the Veterans Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University.

Contact Information

1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Tel 910 672-1107
Fax 910 672-2122

South Carolina Women’s Business Center

Contact Information

1201 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803 777-4432