In The News: Steele Rubber Products

Column: Business resource can be a huge help An article from the Hickory Record by Lindsay Keisler, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce HICKORY – “Your business. Better.” This is the tagline for the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), a state and federally funded business resource through the university system in North Carolina. They

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A Recollection and Matthew

Years ago, as part of a keynote address, I heard a prominent business leader make the comment, “in my professional life; my first loyalty is to my industry.” When asked about this comment later, the speaker pointed to many justifications which boiled down to this fact:  when an industry is well thought of, all of its

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N.C. improves ranking in business climate report

The Winston-Salem Journal recently published an article on North Carolina’s business climate which states: “North Carolina’s ranking in an influential tax business climate report improved by four spots to 11th for 2017, the Tax Foundation said Wednesday. The 13th annual report is based on five tax categories: corporate, individual income, property, sales and unemployment insurance. North Carolina’s improvement has

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August Quarterly Newsletter

We recently distributed Accelerate’s quarterly newsletter, which included the following three blog posts that we’ve shared with you over the past few months: Develop a Local Contracting “Action Plan” by Noah Robins, SBTDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) BREXIT: What Does It Mean to U.S. Small and Mid-Size Enterprises by Alex Viva, SBTDC International Business

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Accelerate, The Quarterly Newsletter

Many people like to start their day with a good read and a cup of coffee. During this time, you may come up with new ideas for your business or a fresh perspectives on areas of your business. We work to help you generate new perspectives and ideas for your mid-size company through our blog and our quarterly

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Lending and the Economy in Brief: Fall 2015

  In fiscal year 2015, SBA lending in NC set a new record according to its Lenders Newsletter (October 2015). For the first time, SBA loans in NC topped half a billion dollars – over 1,000 loans totaling $533 million. So who is lending? The top five lenders include Wells Fargo, Yadkin Bank, Suntrust Bank,

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You Should Be Concerned

A recent threat report from the Internet security firm Symantec found that three out of every five cyber-attacks last year targeted small and mid-size companies. It should be no surprise attacks are so widespread and pervasive. In an article by Kelly Jackson Higgins, she points out that “for $40, a criminal can buy a keylogger that not

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Certified Global Business Professional Workshop

The International Business Development team will host a Certified Global Business Professional Workshop (CGBP) on October 8–9, 2015 at the Campbell University Law Center in Raleigh. The workshop will help attendees: identify international customers and gain global market share. develop a firm’s talent and capacity to compete globally. plan and implement the best possible export

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What is Full-Potential Strategy?

When organizations put their gifts and talents to work in a favorable environment they are most likely to reach their full potential. Developed over several months, a Full-Potential Strategy takes a systems view of growth starting with a deep-dive into the organizations gifts, talents and opportunity environments. Full-Potential Strategy applies to mid-sized firms on the

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SBTDC Releases North State Aviation Success Story Video

In 2009 the North State Aviation partners needed help securing a $3.9 million financing package to get the business up and running. They have received what they call “unwavering” support from the SBTDC. Today, North State Aviation has 385 full-time employees, and according to analyses that could mean up to $40 million per year for the local economy. Thanks to a partnership with VISA

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SBTDC Receives Ex-Im City/State Partner of the Year Award

The SBTDC’s International Business Development team members, including Mary Romano, Owen George, Alex Viva and Mike Seibert, attended the Export-Import Bank Annual Conference last week where they accepted the City/State Partner of the Year Award and networked with members of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), SBDCs, lenders, brokers and politicians. Since 1997, the SBTDC’s International Business Development program has partnered with

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SBTDC’s Certified Development Finance Professionals

The SBTDC is proud to announce that 16 staff members have successfully completed the National Development Council’s (NDC) Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program.  This nationally recognized program includes three weeklong classes and requires passage of a rigorous 4 to 5 hour examination following each class. The staff members who successfully completed the program

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