The success and growth of a community’s economy is based on the shared collaborative effort borne out by the combined efforts of public and private sector partners. The following economic and business development organizations are resource providers who share the City’s interest.
- Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC): Is a full service economic development organization that is operated by a highly specialized and qualified staff with years of experience in the field. They provide the community with the economic and advocacy support needed to create, address and implement the economic development needs of the community, and region as a whole. Information and assistance from FCEDC is available here.
- Downtown Alliance: The Downtown Alliance is a not-for-profit advocacy organization leading the efforts to strengthen the core of the city through recruitment and support of downtown businesses, as well as in creating and fostering developments and special events that help to build the downtown into a place-based city. Information and assistance from the Downtown Alliance is available here.
- Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED): Formerly known as the Women’s Center of Fayetteville is a non-profit organization with programs that includes the Women’s Business Center, New Choices Program and the Lease to Home Program. All the programs within CEED serve as a regional resource and advocacy center for individuals and families, enabling restoration of personal dignity through economic empowerment and development. Information and assistance for CEED’s programs is available here.
- Carolina Small Business Development Fund [CSBDF] (formerly the Support Center of North Carolina): Provides small business loans and technical assistance to start-ups and existing businesses in underserved markets. As a statewide nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution [CDFI] its mission is to foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services, and policy research to support small businesses. Information and assistance for the Support Center of North Carolina is available here.
- United States Small Business Administration [SBA]: The SBA and the City of Fayetteville Economic and Business Development Department have implemented a Strategic Alliance Memorandum [SAM] Agreement to strengthen and expand small business development in the local area through its programs and services. Information for the SBA is available here.