The state of North Carolina is strongly committed to the success of its small businesses. This is partially evidenced by the appointment of a senior executive officer overseeing small business policy and programming and a small business ombudsman.
The Office of the Commissioner for Small Business was established at the request of the Governor by formal agreement between The North Carolina University System, the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner were appointed by the Governor in February 2010, and serve as part of the Commerce Department’s senior staff reporting to the Secretary.
The Commissioner serves as North Carolina's leading executive with respect to small business-related issues, needs and concerns. Key responsibilities include:
- Serving as an advocate for North Carolina small businesses and a source of information about their issues and challenges
- Establishing an organizational structure and collaborative partnership model within which the leading state-funded small business assistance resources will clarify roles, work collaboratively and develop new tools, programs and resources to better serve small business
- Providing policy and program advice on small business-related issues coming before the Governor and General Assembly.