Wilkes Economic Development Corporation (Wilkes EDC) has released a new website www.WilkesEDC.com as a resource and marketing tool for our citizens, entrepreneurs, existing businesses and those who are exploring relocating their business to Wilkes County. “Having a strong digital presence will enhance Wilkes EDC’s ability to accomplish its mission of facilitating the creation of new jobs and capital investment,” stated the Wilkes EDC President, LeeAnn Nixon.
The website provides access to information on services, along with available programs where Wilkes EDC collaborates with various partners to support business growth. This tool will assist in locating demographics, statistics, industry insight, educational opportunities, employment information and links to local government and utilities conveniently on-line. Individuals and business owners can explore the exceptional quality of life, various business sectors and unique industries in Wilkes County.
Discover the GIS map of available commercial and industrial properties as a tool to showcase real estate, research property data, identify opportunity zones and view all towns boundaries in one central location. A business directory is accessible of Wilkes employers who manufacturer or provide corporate services with greater than 10 employees. Join Wilkes EDC in expanding the list by requesting to add your company. Clients, suppliers and potential employees can identify opportunities to engage with you through a link to your website and description of your business sector.
Be sure to subscribe to News and Monthly Activity Reports to stay engaged and connected to the growth and progress in Wilkes County. Wilkes EDC welcomes your input and will continue to expand upon the companies and information highlighted as an on-going process to promote Why Wilkes? is a great place to do business.
A special thank you to the talented individuals and teams involved in the website development; Cube Creative Design, Amber Herman, Times Treasured Studios in conjunction with Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Cavu Marketing and High Country Council of Governments.
The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation recently held the 6th annual Entrepreneurial Grant Competition. Applications were received from 20 businesses in Wilkes County in several categories including food service, recreation, construction, IT, and retail business, to name a few. Applicants were grouped as either a new or existing business. Business plans were judged with the emphasis being on sustainability and funding impact to the business. Grant amounts totaling $12,500 were distributed this year between five companies. Read More...
Winners: Mr. Toro Bakery and Taqueria, Handy Hands Home Remodel and Repair Service, Moonshine Leatherworks, April Flowers and Key City Antique Mall.
Wilkes EDC coordinated and sponsored an expo on June 7th in conjunction with Wilkes County Schools at the Stone Center for career coaches, counselors, teachers and school leadership. Attendance topped 110, with 60 educators and 50+ business leaders.
Businesses displayed the products they manufacture or services they provide, tools they utilize, types of positions, as well as the skills needed for employment. This was a combination of an expo, consisting of booth areas, table top centerpieces and guest speakers representing various industry clusters. The event focused on manufacturing, service and skilled trades. It was not a job fair, but rather an opportunity to showcase products, services, and opportunities.
Educators were encouraged to integrate what they learned into their lessons, while also mentoring students to consider all of the types of careers available in Wilkes County.
A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on May 17th to announce the addition of a threestory, 47,000 sq. ft. office complex on Hwy 268 in North Wilkesboro that will house an additional 160 employees in Wilkes. Read more in the Wilkes-Journal Patriot.