North Carolina offers a robust economic gardening program that provides second-stage growth companies the sophisticated research they need to make decisions that will support their expansion.

During this four-week program, in coordination with the National Center for Economic Gardening, the EDPNC provides emerging growth businesses access to research tools typically outside their reach.

Program Benefits:

  • Market research, industry trends, competitor intelligence, new product releases.
  • GIS computer maps of customers, competitors, and potential markets.
  • Search-engine optimization, web marketing, social media.
  • Frameworks for analyzing business problems preventing growth — in areas including core strategy, market dynamics, temperament, innovation, and qualified sales leads.
  • No cost to the business.


“I highly recommend anyone to participate in this program. The information gained from the research and consultants was top-notch. I am looking forward to implementing the suggestions and watching my company’s continued growth.”

                                                   -D’Shawn Russell, Owner, Southern Elegance Candle Company.



To be eligible to participate, a business must:

  • Be a private, for-profit, North Carolina-based company
  • Be in business for two years or more
  • Employ 10 – 99 employees (rural companies need at least six employees)
  • Have $1 million to $50 million in sales ($650,000 minimum for rural companies)
  • Show proof of product, proof of market, and proof of management skills
  • Be a “second-stage company” that is past the startup stage but has not yet grown to maturity.
  • Show intent to grow

 Note: Retail, restaurant establishments, and local service providers (e.g. accounting, legal, staffing firms) do not qualify for the program.


If your business is interested in the economic gardening program, contact the EDPNC existing industry expansions manager serving your region.