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5 Reasons to Start Your Business in Chowan County

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking to start your own business? Have you considered Chowan County as a potential location? 

Located in northeastern North Carolina, Chowan County has a lot to offer entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses or grow their companies. 

Here are five reasons why you should consider starting your business in Chowan County:

1. Successful Entrepreneurial Culture

Chowan County already has a successful business culture that welcomes new innovation and enterprises. Nationally recognized brands, award-winning companies, and internationally known manufacturers all do business in Chowan County. 

This diverse and exciting mix of industries makes Chowan County a great place to set down roots and grow your own business. You’ll find that success breeds success! In fact, residents start and grow more businesses on average here than in other communities.

Starting and growing your own business can be complex, but with the support of an already thriving entrepreneurial culture, you’ll find all the help you need. 

2. Supportive Business Environment

Here in Chowan County, we understand that communities prosper when businesses succeed, and we are committed to helping them do so!

The Edenton Chowan Partnership is dedicated to helping you get access to federal, state, regional, and local resources so that your business thrives. 

We’ve been able to help secure grants and funding for multiple entrepreneurs and companies. In conjunction with local organizations and community colleges, we help to coordinate training programs and advanced educational opportunities for you and your employees. 

We also have a proven track record of pro-business initiatives and government support. The local chamber of commerce, as well as town and county government, offer resources and networking opportunities to help you get your business off the ground.

From planning your business to launching, managing, and expanding your business, we’re here to support you every step of the way!

3. Prime Strategic Location

In business, location is everything! Of course, you want to set down roots where your business can be easily connected to the wider world.

Chowan County is in a prime location in the Mid-Atlantic region where you’ll have access to major highways, airports, railways, and shipping ports. 

Companies that do business here are strategically located near major transportation routes, including Interstates 95 and 64. This makes it easy to reach customers and suppliers, and allows for convenient shipping and distribution of your products.

Many local companies benefit from our regional airport as well as nearby waterfront terminals to ship and receive goods. 

In addition to shipping benefits, the local airport serves as a hub for private aviation, such as flying in clients for meetings and allowing easy executive travel. 

Riverbulk Terminal’s fleet of barges, tugs, and ships regularly services the East, West, and Gulf Coasts of the U.S., including Western Rivers and Great Lakes, as well as international ports. 

Your business will also benefit from being centrally located to major population centers, including Virginia Beach, Raleigh/Durham, and Greenville. 

4. Robust Economic Incentives

When starting a business, every dollar counts! Here in Chowan County we understand the incredible investment you’ve made to start and grow your business, so we’re happy to offer robust economic incentives to help you. 

First, Chowan County offers affordable housing and a lower cost of living compared to many other areas along the East Coast. This means that you can stretch your budget further when starting and growing your business, allowing you to invest more in your venture.

Since cost of living expenses are lower than state and national averages, employees find Chowan County an attractive place to settle down. 

Furthermore, a major portion of Chowan County has been declared a Federal Opportunity Zone available and ready for use. This means you have the potential to reap several benefits, including tax incentives, when you decide to move and grow your business here. 

The Edenton Chowan Partnership can help you explore your options here in Chowan County so you can make the best economic decisions for your business venture. 

5. Attractive Quality of Life

For long-term business success, you need to be in a place where you and your employees enjoy an attractive quality of life. 

Situated on the Albemarle Sound, Chowan County offers a high quality of life with its scenic landscapes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and friendly communities.

In fact, so many people who visit here end up moving here! There’s no shortage of activities and opportunities from family-friendly events to professional organizations to retirement living. 

As a business owner, you can enjoy a balanced lifestyle while running your company in a peaceful and welcoming environment.

With its entrepreneurial culture, supportive business environment, prime location, economic incentives, and quality of life, Chowan County is a great place to launch and grow your business. 

We have a lot to offer entrepreneurs looking for the right place to start a business. 

Why not consider making Chowan County your home base for your entrepreneurial journey? 

We’re here to help you every step of the way, and you may just find success beyond your wildest dreams!

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