North Carolina is a premier location for business and financial services. In fact, Charlotte, the state’s largest city, is home to the third-largest banking center in the United States. Nothing compares to North Carolina’s consistently top-ranked business climate, low cost of living, access to four international airports and highly educated workforce.

Business & Financial Services Companies in North Carolina

Ally Financial

440 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC

Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt

7201 Hewitt Associates Drive, Charlotte, NC

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co.

8501 IBM Drive, Charlotte, NC

Bank of America

Bank of America

100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

BB&T

BB&T

200 West Second Street, Winston-Salem

BNC Bancorp (BNCN)

3980 Premier Drive, High Point, NC

Capital South Partners

4201 Congress Street, Charlotte, NC

CommunityOne Bancorp

1017 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse

7033 Louis Stephens Drive, Morrisville, NC

Deloitte

550 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank

3000 Centregreen Way, Cary, NC

Deutsche Bank

100 North Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Ernst & Young

100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments

100 New Millennium Way, Durham, NC

Fifth Third Bank

212 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

First Bancorp

300 Southwest Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC

First Citizens Bank

First Citizens Bank

239 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Lending Tree

11115 Rushmore Drive, Charlotte, NC

MetLife

MetLife

201 Metlife Way, Cary, NC

MetLife

11225 North Community House Road, Charlotte, NC

Park Sterling Bank

1043 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC

PNC

PNC

301 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC

Square 1 Financial

406 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC

Synchrony Financial

10840 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC

TIAA

TIAA

8500 Andrew Carnegie Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

TIAA

6350 Quadrangle Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Vanguard Group

2525 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

6400 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

550 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

Wells Fargo

150 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC

Yadkin Financial Group

3600 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC

Competitive Advantages

Low Tax Burden

At 3 percent, North Carolina has the lowest corporate income tax rate in the United States. In fact, North Carolina offers a low tax burden across the board. Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation rank North Carolina No. 1 for lowest state and local tax burden in the U.S.

Four International Airports

North Carolina’s four international airports – including Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT), the sixth-busiest hub in the U.S. – account for 1,000+ daily domestic and international flights, including direct flights to Europe and Latin America and easy one-stop connections to Asia.

Top-Tier Universities and Business Schools

North Carolina is home to four nationally recognized, top-75 business schools according to U.S. News, including Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (No. 13), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (No. 18), Wake Forest University (No. 45) and North Carolina State University (No. 70).

Quality of Life

A low cost of living, access to quality healthcare and affordable housing, and a family-friendly reputation – the state’s capital, Raleigh, ranks No. 1 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities to Raise a Family – make North Carolina an ideal place to call home.

Workforce

Highly Educated Workforce

More than 380,000 students are seeking degrees at 41 North Carolina colleges and universities. In 2013, North Carolina’s colleges granted more than 50,000 bachelor’s degrees, 17,000 master’s degrees, and 4,300 doctoral degrees.

Country's Most-Educated Cities

North Carolina boasts one of the most educated workforces in the U.S. Raleigh ranks No. 2 and Durham ranks No. 3 among the Most Educated Cities in America.

NCWorks Customized Training Program

NCWorks is a comprehensive workforce development program that includes an online jobs database for talent recruiters and job seekers alike. NCWorks also features a customized training program for new and existing businesses in the state.

Research Infrastructure

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The main operations office of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is located Durham. All of the key business operations are represented here, including member service and specialized member communities, publications, conferences, finance, legal and human resources.

Eastern Finance Association – Financial Review

N.C. State University is the host institution for the Financial Review, the Journal of the Eastern Finance Association. The Financial Review publishes original empirical, theoretical and methodological research providing insights into issues of importance in all areas of financial economics.

North Carolina Treasury Management Association

The North Carolina Treasury Management Association (NCTMA) is a non-profit organization for treasury professionals. The association provides an opportunity for its members to meet regularly to exchange ideas and information in an interactive forum featuring national, regional and local speakers.

North Carolina Association of CPAs

The North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) is a membership-based organization for CPAs in North Carolina. NCACPA offers more than 500 events annually, provides numerous scholarships and other monetary contributions to current and future members of the accounting profession, and is actively engaged in a variety of service activities.