Commissioner Partners With State Entities in 'BIZBOOST'

The Southeast Commission, in collaboration with its allies at the N.C. Department of Commerce and local economic development organizations, is partnering with the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in a unique outreach effort designed to hone the competitive edge of small and mid-sized businesses in the state. “BizBoost,” which extends strategic planning and financial management expertise to locally owned firms working to position themselves for success amid the changing economy, applies American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in hopes of retaining jobs. The innovative strategy targets unemployment before it occurs -- working to connect companies to the market intelligence, financial resources and technical expertise they need in order to survive and succeed.

“We must grow our own jobs and invest in our own businesses,” said Governor Beverly Perdue upon unveiling the program in January. “We must strengthen the heart and soul of North Carolina’s economy: innovation and small business.”  In executing BizBoost, SBTDC officials are working closely with the state’s seven regional development partnerships, as well as the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community College System and the state’s workforce investment boards. SBTDC is a joint program of the University of North Carolina System and the U.S. Small Business Administration.