Did you know that 80% of available jobs are never advertised? The Department of Labor also reports that over 50% of employees find their jobs through networking. To provide networking and employment leads, Burke County’s ESC, BDI and the First Baptist Church of Morganton have teamed to offer the second round of Job Club on […]

The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) recently launched its updated website. The site is designed to direct North Carolina businesses and service providers to the resources needed to start, grow and expand businesses. It also directs clients to a cost-free consultation with a BLNC business counselor. This service of the state […]

Thanks to a $132,000 grant from the NC Rural Center’s Building Reuse and Restoration Grant Program Michelle’s Bakery will soon relocate their business to a 12,000 square foot existing building along I-40 in Rutherford College. Best Friends Vending, Inc., doing business as Michelle’s Bakery, plans to expand their operations in North Carolina. Michelle’s Bakery plans […]

Join us, and the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, in recognizing the contributions local business make to our business community at the 2011 Cornerstone Awards. The Cornerstone Awards luncheon will be held Oct. 13 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Morganton. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and$35 for non-members. To purchase […]

Burke Development wrapped up their 2010-2011 fiscal year on June 30 and presented an Annual Report to the BDI Board. Here are some of the highlights. Our biggest highlights for the 2010-11 year were the five job creation announcements made including Carolina Artisan Group, Lyon Manufacturing, Gieger/Herman Miller, Ice River Springs and Ekornes ? which […]

BDI announced last week that furniture manufacturer Ekornes ASA plans to open their first US manufacturing operation in Burke County. Fifty-eight jobs will be created when operations begin in a 100,000 square foot facility in Morganton. Ekornes ASA, Scandinavia’s largest furniture manufacturer, plans to open their first US manufacturing operation in Burke County, North Carolina. […]

On May 26, BDI along with Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), Employment Security Commission (ESC), WorkSource West/VR and Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board teamed up to host an extraordinary event, “Employment: Key Strategies for Getting Hired.” This event was designed to provide job-seekers with tools, resources, and information to assist in obtaining meaningful full time […]

Company Expands in Morganton BURKE COUNTY – Community leaders and local elected officials came together at Ice River Springs for “Celebrate Burke Business.” The event, sponsored by Burke Development Inc, Burke Chamber, Domino’s, and Pepsi, is an opportunity to say “Thank You” and recognize local business leaders and all of their associates for their economic […]

Company Expands in Hildebran BURKE COUNTY – Geiger International, a manufacturer of premium wood case goods, seating, and occasional furniture for commercial and residential interiors, plans to expand their operation in North Carolina. The company will locate in a 93,000 square foot facility in Hildebran, creating 64 jobs. The projected annual average for all employees […]

Burke Development Inc., commonly known as BDI, has been awarded an Economic Innovation Grant in the amount of $75,000.00 from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Partnering with the locally owned and operated, Opportunity Threads, BDI submitted an application for the Rural Center’s Economic Innovation Grant. The purpose of this project is multifaceted. “This […]