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Business and Economic Development


Amber Grant

Awarding women’s business grants

Mcbride Sisters Fund

SHE Can Fund

Invests in the professional advancement and career growth of high potential, professional women, with a particular focus on women of color who are further underrepresented in leadership positions



Will enable the company to validate key assumption(s) and catalyze the development of the business

Cartier Women's Initiative

Science & Technology Pioneer Award

Dedicated to recognizing women impact entrepreneurs at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. Open to women entrepreneurs from any country and sector, this award highlights disruptive solutions built around unique, protected, or hard-to-reproduce technological or scientific advances that require heavy R&D, a long commercialization cycle, high capital intensity, technology risk, and complexity

Halstead Bead

The Halstead Grant

To help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers

Truist Foundation

Truist Foundation Strengthening Small Businesses Grant

Strengthen the supports that allow minority and women-owned small businesses to become more financially sustainable and resilient by eliminating structural barriers to growth, and improving knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation within the small business ecosystem

Dominion Energy

Business Rebates & Discounts

Offers rebate program on gas appliance purchase and gas discounts for qualifying businesses

NC Electric Cooperatives

Development Matching Grant

By partnering with economic development agencies, electric cooperatives are supporting job creation and businesses seeking to start, expand or relocate


FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Enhancing small businesses with unique ideas

Duke Energy

Smart $aver Rebates and Incentives

Rebate program for energy-efficient upgrades to energy-efficient equipment and save every day

Dare County Tourism Board

Tourism Impact Grant

Dare County Tourism Board’s Tourism Impact Grant (TIG) program was established to financially assist Dare County Governmental Units and other Non-profit Organizations with programs or services needed due to the impact of tourism on the County

Duke Energy

Small Business Energy Saver

Duke Energy provides free energy assessments to small businesses and recommends lighting, refrigeration and HVAC

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