During the last 30 years, growth in Raleigh, and the surrounding Research Triangle Region, has consistently and significantly outpaced the nation. Fueled by an impressive mix of education, ingenuity and collaboration, North Carolina’s capital city has become an internationally recognized leader in life science and technology innovation. It also happens to be a really nice place to live.
A new Business Resource Guide is available now for all those who need information about starting a new business.
"Small businesses are key to Raleigh's economy, I know first-hand how challenging starting a new business can be. This guide provides the information small business owners need to help make starting or growing their business a success."
- Mayor Nancy McFarlane
Shop Local Raleigh is all about promoting and supporting locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s about making your hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, and helping to preserve the unique character of Raleigh. As local economist Dr. Michael Walden puts it...
“buying local can be a ‘win-win’ for the retailer and for the economy at large.”
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Raleigh is a 21st century city of innovation focusing on environmental, cultural and economic stability. In recent years, the Raleigh City Council has worked hard to implement changes that will promote economic development. In 2012, the city hired its first ever Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, Derrick Minor. Economic Development Manager James Sauls came onboard in 2013 to provide leadership and direction for a comprehensive approach to economic development in Raleigh. During a retreat in January 2014, the Raleigh City Council took the first steps in a strategic planning process by identifying several strategic focus areas, including transportation and transit, and economic development and innovation.