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