BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NC Competes for Jobs tour stopped by Brunswick Community College today.
Senior commerce officials spoke on topics including economic development and opportunities to receive assistance.
They said more than $80 million dollars has been spent on Rural Economic Development programs in the last three years statewide.
North Carolina Commerce Secretary, John Skvarla was at the event, and said the key to more jobs in North Carolina as well as Brunswick County is to support small bussinesses.
“We have wonderful ancillary programs to support small businesses, but we are missing one key component and that is early stage capital,” Skvarla said.
Skvarla said both he and Gov. Pat McCrory support an initiative to get early stage capital to small businesses.
“We have a myriad of wonderful programs in the state of North Carolina to help people,” Skvarla said. “I have come to learn that not everybody is aware of all the assistance that is there and available. And not only can we provide this assistance so people know about it, but also understand what we need to continue to stimulate and grow the economy.”