Business Development

With one of the largest economic development networks in the nation, North Carolina is dedicated to giving companies the assistance and resources necessary to meet their unique business needs.

The N.C. Department of Commerce Business and Industry Division leads North Carolina’s business recruitment and expansion efforts. The division’s economic developers work across the state and through regional offices to attract new industries to the state. There are nine regional offices located throughout the seven regions of the state. Statewide and regional developers work closely with other public and private organizations, and provide businesses with a tailored view of the location benefits and resources available.

Through the Existing Industry Specialists located in each regional office, the division also offers retention and expansion services to companies currently located in North Carolina. Existing Industry Specialists are dedicated to building long-term relationships with area companies and making more than 1,800 personal on-site visits each year.

The division’s expert development staff supplies comprehensive facility location services from initial contact, through site location, to future growth and expansion. In essence, they deliver confidential, thorough and professional assistance for a company’s start-up, relocation and expansion needs.

The state’s Department of Commerce also maintains four international investment offices. The function of these offices is to educate international companies about opportunities in North Carolina, and respond to a company’s initial inquiry about the state with relevant data and contacts. These offices work closely with the N.C. Department of Commerce staff to provide seamless location services.


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