North Carolina plays a strong role in the global economy, attracting foreign companies that base major operations here and supporting North Carolina firms that export goods all around the world.

The State of North Carolina provides specialists who can help you take advantage of the many opportunities available.  These specialists are housed at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a public-private organization that can prepare and assist North Carolina companies to export and advise foreign-based firms on how best to begin operations in the United States and North Carolina.

North Carolina's international trade managers help North Carolina companies successfully enter worldwide markets with value-added services.

  • Preparing marketing plans
  • Handling export operations
  • Providing market research
  • Identifying best market prospects
  • Advising on finance and insurance options
  • Working to find customers and partners

In October 2014, the state's export assistance team joined the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a new public-private organization that leads the state's marketing and business development activity.

Contact the EDPNC

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Education and Training

Our International Trade staff refers companies to educational programs and opportunities throughout the state that meet their specific needs.

Offered through Wake Tech Community College Small Business Center in cooperation with the Small Business Center Network and the North Carolina World Trade Association, the Export Ready Program can help you develop skills to support your international business growth.

Through consultations, our business development managers can determine the other available resources to help you acquire the skills you need.

The Export Ready program prepares North Carolina businesses and business people to sell their product/services in the international marketplace. For more information about the Export Ready program, fill out the form.

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