Supporting Small Businesses

Small business is critical to North Carolina’s economy. They provide job opportunities for 1.7 million North Carolinians, serve their communities, and drive innovation in our state. I’m proud that in 2023, North Carolina was ranked the fifth best state in the country to start a small business and the top state for business by CNBC. I applaud North Carolina’s small business owners’ hard work and initiative to power our economy. 

Small business owners embody the American Dream, but we know that owning a small business can be challenging and requires resilience, enterprise, and innovation. After law school, I worked with the North Carolina Minority Credit Union Support Center to raise capital to invest in small businesses, primarily in eastern North Carolina. I saw how hard these entrepreneurs worked to grow their businesses. As Attorney General, I have fought for small businesses to have access to the loans that they need to grow. 

As Governor, I’ll fight to ensure entrepreneurs have every opportunity to build wealth by reducing red tape, investing in innovative strategies for economic development, and increasing resources for technical assistance and mentorship programs. I’ll also provide small, minority, and women-owned businesses a fair shot at competing for state contracts.