Economic Development

Nestled in the hills of the North Carolina Piedmont, Orange County is the perfect mix of all that North Carolina has to offer, a great place to live and to work. The Orange County lifestyle blends great outdoors with metropolitan culture, a wide variety of housing options and some of the nation’s best schools. 

From a business standpoint, the county is home to a diverse and highly educated workforce, several world-renowned research universities, and some of the world’s most respected companies in technology and health care. Orange County is a smart, innovative choice for both employers and employees.


The team at Orange County Economic Development (OCED) is highly skilled in all aspects of business development, from site selection and financing to customized market research.


The Orange County Economic Development team offers:

  • Business expansion, retention and relocation assistance
  • Customized research
  • Information on commercial and industrial space availability
  • Small business and entrepreneur support

If you're looking to start, relocate or expand your business, look no further than Orange County. We offer the perfect mix - on both a professional and a personal level - and Orange County Economic Development is here to help you enjoy success in both.

Orange County Economic Development Supports Small Businesses!

“Growing Small Business in Orange County.” These brochures highlights the many small businesses, start-up ventures, and local farms and agricultural/food processing ventures that are thriving in our local community, and which are all recent recipients of the County’s small business grant and loan programs. 

As directed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, funding for these financial assistance programs have been made possible with the collection of the special 1/4 cent retail sales tax (called “Article 46” funds) designated to be used for economic development purposes, following passage of the special referendum approved by Orange County voters in November 2011. 

Fund Usage

Article 46 funds help promote a variety of programs intended to help strengthen and diversity the County’s local economy, to include the attraction, growth and retention of our many valued small businesses and agricultural based operations. On behalf of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the County Manager’s office, Orange County Economic Development staff salutes all of our local small businesses and farms.