Business & Industry Services

The Department of Commerce offers expert assistance at every stage of a company's development. Programs and consulting services are available in the following areas: 

  • Establishing or locating a new business
  • Expanding an existing business
  • Relocating an existing business

We maintain several teams of economic development professionals:

  • Our B&I Development Team includes a group of Raleigh-based development managers who focus on nationwide and international opportunties, as well as managers based within the state’s seven economic development regions who offer local expertise and resources.
  • International Offices help foreign companies locate in North Carolina and also assist North Carolina companies to do business in overseas markets.
  • Business counselors in our Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) call center answer questions and guide people through the process of starting a business, obtaining a business license, or finding available business resources within the state.

Available services include:

Research and Analysis

  • Labor market analysis
  • Wage data and comparisons
  • Custom tax analysis
  • State-to-state comparisons
  • Climatological data
  • Legal aspects
  • Costs of conducting business analysis
  • Customize site location/community research and investigation
  • Site Evaluation and Selection

Statewide building and site database

  • Recommendation of appropriate building and sites
  • Location, site and topographical maps and photographs
  • Community/site evaluation based on project needs
  • Personalized building/site/community tours
  • Logistics/travel assistance
  • Statewide network of allies
  • Human Resources

Labor market data 

  • Identification of qualified workforce
  • Employee recruiting and screening
  • Wage and benefit surveys
  • Labor productivity data
  • Current employer interviews
  • Customized worker training
  • Environmental assistance

Permitting assistance 

  • Site/building evaluation
  • Recycling consultation
  • Mediation between company and state environmental regulators
  • Services of an environmental consultant without regulatory interferences
  • Identification of opportunities to reduce costs in handling pollution/waste products
  • Financial program guidance

Tax credits for qualified businesses

  • Low-interest loans
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds
  • Energy Improvement Program
  • Coordinated state, regional and local incentive programs
  • Assistance with infrastructure improvements
  • Expediting of permits and applications
  • Customized worker training

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