Carol McLaurin


Vice President of the Board

Originally from Michigan, Carol McLaurin has called the Triangle area home since 1994. Since 2001, Carol has held senior management positions at the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) – a statewide non-profit that assists entrepreneurs, small businesses and communities throughout North Carolina. She has over twelve year’s experience designing and implementing programs and partnerships across the university, government and private sectors. In her various roles at the SBTDC Carol has directed small business economic development programs that support individual entrepreneurs, as well as towns, counties and regions aiming to use entrepreneurship as a growth strategy. Over the years, she has observed the strong role that the arts play alongside entrepreneurship in revitalizing local economies. Carol has expertise in the areas of program development, strategic planning, leadership development, workshop facilitation, social entrepreneurship and event planning. A fan of artists, makers and craftspeople, Carol has also studied clay, painting, woodworking, blacksmithing and metal working.