Economic and Community Development

The SBTDC’s mission is to help North Carolina’s small and mid-size businesses prosper and grow. One way we accomplish this is by assisting government and non-profit organizations to develop or enhance policies and programs leading to better opportunities and an improved environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Using our team of research analysts and strategic planning consultants, the SBTDC has facilitated the development of numerous local and regional economic strategies; drafted proposals and grant applications; managed project feasibility studies; provided technical assistance for entrepreneurial programs (such as small business incubators); crafted community economic development plans; designed business needs assessments; and conducted county economic scans and market analyses.
As a program of the University of North Carolina system, the SBTDC has extensive connections with faculty and students across the state. Our ability to tap the expertise and resources of the 16 UNC university campuses uniquely allows the SBTDC to assist county and municipal governments, regional economic development partnerships, chambers of commerce, councils of governments, community development corporations, industry associations, community colleges, and various other organizations.
Some of our past clients include:
Town of Elkin
Pamlico County
Graham County
City of Greenville
City of Kannapolis
City of Durham
Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians
Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina
Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce
Hendersonville Committee of 100
Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
Pride of Kinston
Carteret Community College
College of the Albemarle
Pamlico Community College
Beaufort-Hyde Community Development Corporation
Eastern Regional Partnership
Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Piedmont Triad Regional Partnership
North Carolina Rural Center
Appalachian Regional Commission
Coastal Plain Council of Governments
North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Community Development Initiative
Whether you need: a consultant to provide facts, ideas and solutions to help accomplish a task; a facilitator to help you work through a process; or just a sounding board to offer opinions, suggestions, and analysis, the SBTDC can help.
The SBTDC’s economic development services are priced to be affordable to the largest regions of the state as well as the smallest municipalities in North Carolina.
To find out more, call 919-715-7272 or email