Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference in being successful in business. The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board is committed to providing you the right information to help your business succeed and grow.

 

Information about local, regional and state resources for existing businesses are available through our office.

 

No Cost Services

Local Career Centers

The Career Centers are made available to assist businesses with coordination of talent recruitment and retention. Utilizing www.ncworks.gov, businesses have access to immediate labor market information and virtual recruitment opportunities.

 

Alexander Career Center
604 7th St. SW
Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 632-4631
(Located inside Alexander Co. DSS Office)

 

NCWorks Career Center – Burke
720 East Union St
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-6161

 

NCWorks Career and Placement Center – Caldwell
1909 Hickory Blvd SE
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 759-4680
(Located in the lower level of the Commerce Building)

 

NCWorks Career Center – Catawba
403 Conover Station SE
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 466-5535

Business Planning & Budgeting

A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons why the goals are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals.

 

Reprinted from the Start-Up Business & Resource Guide by the NC Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC), University of North Carolina, 2009)

 

An effective business plan serves at least four useful purposes:

  1. It helps you focus your ideas

  2. It creates a track for you to follow in the early stages of business growth

  3. It creates benchmarks against which you can measure progress

  4. It provides a document for attracting equity or debt financing

 

Below are some instructions regarding the creation of a Business Plan, as well as examples.

 

The Small Business and Technology Development Center will, at no charge, assist you in completing your plan by reviewing your rough draft and offering suggestions and feedback, as well as help you assemble your budget into a computer spreadsheet for a professional looking presentation.

 

Call for an appointment at:
NC Small Business & Technology Development Center Appalachian-Foothills Region
Appalachian State University, Hickory Office
1990 Main Ave SE | Hickory, NC 28602 | Ph: (828) 345.1110

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Labor Market Information

 

Manufactured North Carolina

 

If you are a small manufacturer and you need a Web presence so that customers can find you, then check this out!

 

Our goal with MNC is to basically put a lot of effort and marketing dollars into building one umbrella website that is found when people all over the world do Google searches for “thermoplastic containers” or “brass hardware fabricators”– and do it on behalf of all those companies for FREE. So hopefully we end up funneling otherwise missed opportunities down to companies across the state. And from those additional sales opportunities, we hope for additional growth and job opportunities at these companies.

The MNC website is not meant to replace a company’s existing website, it is meant to drive additional traffic to it.

 

Manufactured in North Carolina, a partnership of the NC Rural Center, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and the NC State University Industrial Extension Service, is a new, statewide program which will use the Internet to showcase the products, capabilities, and innovations of our state’s small, rural manufacturers to markets nationally and globally.”

Manufacturing Solutions Center

Manufacturing Solutions Center is the vision for a 21st century economy that builds on strengths…strengths of America’s manufacturing successes.

 

The Manufacturing Solutions Center can assist you with these areas of your business. Some of the services provided by the MSC:

  • Testing Services

  • Training

  • Product Development

  • Marketing

  • Engineering

  • Inventors & Entrepreneurs

Share your thoughts!

Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Email: jason.toney@wpcog.org
Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

This institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.