North Carolina

State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Dan Anderson

Former President, Anderson Truck Line

John Coley

Partner, Bryan Coley Properties

Jim Few

Self-employed Land Broker and Developer

Robert Floyd

President, Floyd Group

Philip Foreman

President, Brew Thru Inc.; President, Top Shelf Entertainment Group, Partner Top Shelf Hospitality Group

Judi Grainger

Co-Owner, Fair Products, Inc.

Jim Gruskin

Owner, Cobb Bay Partners, LLC

Lynn Holmes

Owner, Ross Holmes Group, LLC

Page Klutz

Vice President, Hodgin Construction

Haze Lancaster

Owner, ATM USA, Inc.

Pat Long

Owner, Longistics, Inc.

George Robinson

Owner, Robinson Lumber Company

John Thuss


Harrison Tulloss

Private Real Estate Developer

John Ashby Ware

President, Ware Financial Partners


Tar Heel State



2016 Population:


Gross State Product:

$449.7 Billion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



Roy Cooper (D)


Richard Burr (R),
Thom Tillis (R)



Support For Local Business

Representative Patrick McHenry (R) “Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, creating more than 70% of all new jobs in the United States.”

(Representative Patrick McHenry, “Small Businesses,”

Representative Virginia Foxx (R) “As a former small business owner, I understand the many challenges small companies face. It can be very difficult — and costly — for small businesses to get up and running. And once they do, they constantly face tough decisions as they try to hire workers, make a payroll, and keep their doors open.”

(Representative Virginia Foxx, “Congress must act to protect local businesses from joint employer scheme,” 7/17/17)

Representative Ted Budd (R-NC-13): “ As a small business owner myself, I know the importance of creating an environment where people can grow their business and create more jobs.”

(Representative Ted Budd, “Small Business Endorses Ted Budd for Congress,” Press Release, 10/14/16)

Business Highlights

North Carolina’s 871,376 small businesses represent 99.6% of all employers in the state and employ 1.6 million workers.

Women-owned businesses make up 287,000 of North Carolina small businesses.

Veteran-owned businesses make up 86,500 of North Carolina small businesses.

A total of 10,886 companies, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from North Carolina.

North Carolina exports reached $29.9 billion in 2016, with products and services going to over 212 countries.

Thirteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Tarheel State.

Sources: Small Business Administration, U.S. Census Quickfacts, Business Roundtable, U.S. Department Of Commerce, Business Roundtable State Data, Fortune 500, FRED Economic Data, Bureau of Labor Statistics