NC Department of Commerce

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce (DOC), based in Raleigh, is the State of North Carolina’s lead agency for economic, community and workforce development.  Its mission is to improve the economic well being and quality of life for all North Carolinians.

The Department’s strategic plan focuses on three goals to further this mission:

  1. Keeping North Carolina competitive for high-value, technologically competitive industries and companies by actively recruiting and encouraging the expansion in North Carolina of high-value, technologically competitive industries and companies.
  2. Increasing economic opportunities for North Carolina in a global economy by insuring that North Carolina is recognized throughout the world as a highly attractive location for growing businesses, for the high quality of its products, and for its appeal as a location for tourism, film and sports development.
  3. Improving economic opportunities for all North Carolinians through programs targeted to people and places not currently enjoying economic prosperity.


North Carolina – “The State of Minds”
The Department of Commerce’s work to promote North Carolina as a desirable business location has contributed greatly to site consultants, economic development organizations, trade magazines, and businesses and industries themselves continuing to rank North Carolina high among our global competitors.

         > To view a list of North Carolina’s recent accolades, click here.


The following DOC Divisions play a significant role in economic development at the state level by providing services related to new business recruitment, retention and expansion, international trade, starting a new business (entrepreneurs) and financial incentives.


Division Commerce Finance Center International Trade
Purpose New business &
industry recruitment; Existing industry
retention & expansion
Incentives & financing assistance Global export & marketing assistance
Contact Person David Spratley, Director Stewart Dickinson, Director John Loyack, Director
Address & Phone 4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4301
Phone: 919-715-2064
4318 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-4318
Phone:  919-733-5297
4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-4301
Phone:  919-715-5743


Industry Recruitment & Existing Industry Services
DOC offers Industry Recruitment and Existing Industryservices to economic development organizations, site selection consultants and directly to businesses and industries.  Industry Recruitment provides valuable assistance in evaluating the factors crucial to making a location decision such as:  workforce, incentives, infrastructure and operating costs, among others.

                 > The contact for new industry recruitment is Melissa Smith, DOC Economic Developer, at 336-668-2175 or email:

Existing Industry services are designed to support existing industry expansion and to encourage industries to stay in North Carolina.  The program assists businesses on an extensive spectrum of topics such as industrial trends, state and federal programs, local and global markets, regulatory issues, the environment, labor and technology.

               > The contact for existing industry services is Harry Swendsen at 919-807-4283 or email:


Business Link North Carolina & Business ServiCenter
DOC’s Business Link North Carolina and the Business ServiCenter are additional resources that offer “one-stop” guidance and solutions for doing business in North Carolina.

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC or “blink“) is a one-stop web portal to an extensive informational network of state resources for assisting North Carolina’s businesses and industries and is a collaborative effort between DOC and other state agencies.  BLNC has answers to questions about marketing, taxes, workforce development and financing and also provides links to informative sites that are industry-specific, such as manufacturing and technology.  BLNC is linked to DOC’s Business ServiCenter where business consultants can answer questions about starting a new business or growing an existing one.

> For more information about BLNC, go to

> To contact the Business ServiCenter, call toll-free 800-228-8443.


DOC Research Triangle Regional Office
DOC has regional offices located throughout North Carolina to better serve the entire state.  The Research Triangle Regional Office serves Moore County and the 12 other counties within the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), and is located within the RTRP offices.

>To contact DOC’s Research Triangle Regional Office: 
Phone:  919-840-9876;  Fax:  919-840-9814

Mailing Address:
4310 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-4310

Physical Address:
1000 Trade Drive, Suite 124
RDU Airport, NC  27623

Moore County Partners in Progress

Partners in Progress works closely with the Department of Commerce to insure that our existing industries and potential new businesses are aware of the state’s resources and are positioned to take advantage of them.


FOR MORE INFORMATION about the North Carolina Department of Commerce:
Secretary Sharon Decker
Phone:  919-733-4151

Mailing Address
4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4301

Physical Address
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1058

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