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Maple Avenue Facade Grant - October 6, 2021

Do you know a business owner on Maple Avenue looking to improve the exterior of their property, but are lacking the funds to start a new project? If so, direct them to the City of Burlington’s Economic Development Department, where they can apply for up to 10,000 dollars to improve the beautification of their property.  More information can be found in the posted blog. 

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Emergency Planning for Business Preparedness - September 30, 2021

Emergency planning is vital to the longevity of your small business. In today’s modern society, entrepreneurs must be prepared to combat any potential threats. Let’s break down the various hazardous events that need to be included in your emergency plan.

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Business Incubators are Here to Stay - September 29, 2021

Business incubators are companies that specialize in assisting entrepreneurs in their start up ventures by providing various services and resources. Check out this blog to learn more about them!

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Business Spotlight 2 : Crowson Insurance Agency - September 29, 2021

Have you ever met anyone with a family lineage of entrepreneurs dating back to the late 1800s? e. Holt Skinner, the owner of Crowson Insurance Agency, is this month’s Burlington Business owner spotlight. As a Burlington native, Elon University graduate, and downtown Burlington business veteran, Holt Skinner is a force to be reckoned with in the insurance industry. 

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The Post-COVID Workplace: What are the Experts Saying - September 3, 2021

After the release of Gov. Cooper’ executive order calling for an ease on masks and gathering limits, businesses have gradually invited their employees to return to work in-person. However, some organizations are still hesitant about fully re-opening office spaces.Is one option better than the other?

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Business Spotlight 1 : All Pro Media - August 30, 2021

It is not every day that you find established business owners with over 30 years of experience willing to make time to speak with young professionals. Luckily for me, Alan Kirby of All Pro Media, Inc. enthusiastically volunteered to be my first interview in our new Burlington Business Spotlight series. With great excitement, I bring to you an exclusive look into a local business owners’ journey down the path of entrepreneurship, secrets to success, and a closer look at the splendor of All Pro Media! 

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HEROES ACT : Second Stimulus Bill - December 29, 2020

Please read the quick summary of some highlights of the HEROES Act, signed by President Trump December 27, 2020. 

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Burlington Microenterprise Loan - November 24, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified the City of Burlington that it will receive an additional allocation of $344,077 to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 (CDBG-CV funds). The Microenterprise Loan Program was allocated a further $86,000 by the Burlington City Council to assist businesses in need through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Current Funding Opportunities - Septmber 25, 2020

The landscape for COVID-19 business assistance is ever-changing. While some resources have exhausted funds or expired, new programs continue to emerge and help businesses survive through the pandemic. The below list summarizes all known available financial and services resources for Burlington-based companies. 

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Support in the Face of the Unknown - March 15, 2020

Through this uncertainty, please be certain of one thing: Burlington Economic Development is ready to respond. We are experienced economic developers who exist to support our business community and identify resources to address lost income, recovery planning, emergency financing and other issues. 

This will not be easy, but we will get through it together.

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Burlington Trade Mission to South Korea - February 22, 2020

The City of Burlington Economic Development Department wrapped up a lively year of industry activity in 2019 with a 4-day trade mission to South Korea, where we visited with multiple companies, trade organizations, local governments and universities. It was a productive trip that is already yielding results and commerce heading into 2020.

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What is Economic Development? - January 6, 2020

Economic Development is a profession working to grow businesses and jobs in the community in number, quality, and diversity. Professionals in this line of work to encourage the growth of existing and small businesses, assist in workforce development, and market the community to potential investors. These efforts in Burlington are in the pursuit of creating a more diverse and sustainable business climate in Burlington. 

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2020 NC County Tier Rankings - Decmber 16, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the economic well-being of the State’s 100 counties, grouping like economies in tiers. This Tier system is incorporated into various state development and financing programs to encourage economic activity and leverage more dollars in less prosperous areas of the State. The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3. 

Alamance County has improved it's standing heading into 2020.

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Burlington Blog Series - December 16, 2019

Greetings from the City of Burlington Economic Development Department!   We’ve started this blog series to better engage our residents, businesses and partners in how we are working collaboratively to support a bigger, better Burlington.

Our department is the City’s dedicated team committed to supporting businesses, entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders in their efforts to invest, innovate and create new jobs and wealth in the City.