Grants and Incentives – most grants available in Burke County are based on job creation and require matching funds from the new or existing business. Various state and local programs are available to aid existing businesses with expansion projects.

Burke Manufacturers Executive Council (BMEC) – this industry driven group meets quarterly in Burke County to provide an open forum for communication and networking among the manufacturing sector in an effort to promote industrial growth in Burke County.  Contact Hope Hopkins for more information at 828.764.9373.

Regional Resources:

Manufacturing Solutions Center – has helped thousands of companies launch products, increase sales and create jobs. MSC takes an industry-focused approach to ISO rated lab testing, workforce development, fast track technician training, entrepreneurial support and incubation, export assistance, support for federal regulations and procuring, commercialization, applied R&D, sourcing, prototyping and collaborative problem solving.

North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies – provides facilities for applied research in engineering related fields and serves industries through rapid product realization, engineering design and various other functions.

Western Carolina University Center for Rapid Product Realization – a university-based product development center that helps clients refine existing products, develop new ones and improve business practices

State Resources:

North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership – a public-private operating alliance of state supported programs that work together to enhance the performance of the state’s small- to medium-sized manufacturers and provides technology-based and strategic solutions to the industry

NC State Industry Expansion Solutions – the engineering-based, solutions-driven unit of NC State University. Solutions and services include: continuous improvement; evaluation; health and safety; instructional design; strategic planning; and environment and energy

Manufactured in NC (MNC) – a free website that gives your company greater visibility and exposure to potential customers. Also serves a database for NC companies to source local products.