Grow Your Business

Carteret County is home to a diverse business community — from large employers in the manufacturing, health care, technology, marine sciences and hospitality sectors to small professional services and retail businesses. Carteret County prioritizes supporting its existing businesses through its business retention and expansion program.

The Carteret County Economic Development Department is here to assist your business, regardless of size. We can help connect you to many state and local resources that are available to support your business at no cost.

Whether you are expanding your business or facing operating challenges, the Economic Development Department can be your navigator. Please contact us at (252) 222-6121 or to speak to one of our staff members or to set up an appointment.

No-Cost Business Resources

If you are considering expanding your current business, you have free resources available to help you.

Contact these resources today for help:

  • Carteret County Economic Development Department — Located on the Carteret Community College campus in Morehead City, the Economic Development Department is the primary point of contact for businesses located in Carteret County or for businesses seeking to locate or expand on the Crystal Coast.

            Contact: Don Kirkman, Director, (252) 222-6121,

  • Carteret County Small Business Center — Located on the Carteret Community College campus, the Small Business Center offers education and training, counseling and referral information.

            Contact: Robin Phillips-Hauser, Director, (252) 222-6127,

  • Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) — As the business and technology extension service of The University of North Carolina, the SBTDC can help you make better and more informed decisions, access capital and financing resources, evaluate and improve your financial performance, obtain quality business and market information, and improve leadership skills and employee performance.

            Contact: Ariana Billingsley, Regional Center Director, East Carolina University, (252) 737-1368,

  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) — Working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce, BLNC representatives can answer many of your questions about business licensing and permitting, legal structures, forms, tax requirements, financing resources, hiring employees and more.

            Contact Toll Free: (800) 228-8443, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Geodynamics staff
Aquaculture training at Carteret Community College
Jarrett Bay Boatworks
Sloan Freeman

"When we hire new people at Geodynamics, we always spend some time showing them around Carteret County and describing the lifestyle — the easy access to boating, fishing, and beaches, the waterfront dining, good schools and small town vibe. We are lucky to combine this quality of life with a thriving community of marine scientists and a beautiful natural environment."

Sloan Freeman

CEO, Geodynamics

Dick Brvenik

“My wife and I moved to Carteret County from New England when I joined Carteret Health Care's compassionate team as CEO in September of 2011, and we have enjoyed making Carteret County our home. The hospital has always benefited from great relationships with local partners, including Carteret County, Carteret Community College, and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, among many others. The natural beauty of our coastal location has also allowed us to recruit expert, caring physicians and other professionals — who could live and work anywhere — to choose Carteret Health Care. The staff are exceptionally trained and competent as well as welcoming and caring and helped our hospital earn recognition in the top 5% of the nation for outstanding patient experience as well as the only NC hospital to be a top 100 rural and community hospital in the nation.”

Dick Brvenik

CEO, Carteret Health Care