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Lowest State and Local Business Tax Burden

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North Carolina is home to corporate headquarters for industry-leading companies as well as rapidly growing business sectors such as biotechnology, energy, finance and information technology.


Our targeted, performance-based incentive programs complement our competitive cost structure and low business tax burden to offer businesses a cost-effective place to relocate or expand.

Available Sites & Location Data

The AccessNC database offers details on available buildings and sites, community demographics, business data including top employers and labor statistics, and state and regional maps.

Start or Grow a Business

Free resources for starting a small business

Each month, the Business Link North Carolina team offers one-on-one phone consultations to hundreds of individuals interested in establishing a business startup, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina.

Support for growing an existing business

Our team of eight regional industry managers visits a range of companies each month to help nurture and grow their businesses. This personalized support helps hundreds of businesses statewide each year.

Guidance for entering international markets

North Carolina businesses exported $30 billion in merchandise in 2015. Our International Trade Division helps North Carolina’s small- and medium-sized businesses enter and expand global markets for their products.

Visit North Carolina

Leveraging partnerships, fueling job growth

Tourism is a significant contributor to the growth and vitality of North Carolina’s economy. EDPNC’s Visit North Carolina team leads the efforts to promote North Carolina as a preferred destination for travelers and film production. In 2014, tourism generated $21.3 billion in domestic visitor spending, supported 204,909 jobs for residents and contributed more than $1.7 billion in state and local tax revenues. Visit North Carolina’s collaboration with partners added approximately $6 million in exposure for statewide tourism marketing efforts.

Learn more about Visit North Carolina’s program, and the range of cooperative marketing opportunities available to destinations, attractions, lodging and dining properties, event marketers and other North Carolina tourism industry allies on our partner programs website.