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been on long deployments at sea or in a far away land, sometimes going months without seeing their families. Thank you to all veterans, and remember Veteran's Day is Saturday, November 11th. Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays. I like everything about it, from the fellowship with family and friends and sharing a delicious meal to the football games and cooler, crisp weather, and everything in between. Most

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• Happy Thanksgiving

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• Take It Outside! Outdoor activities For Cooler Weather

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• Medi Home Health & Hospice Total Home Healthcare

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• World War II Veteran– Melvin Troutman D-Days In The South Pacific

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Happy Thanksgiving By Kathy Wheeler

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Thanksgiving should be a daily event, however, the fourth Thursday in November is a national holiday specifically designated for giving thanks. On the 23rd of this month, I hope that each of you will gather with friends and family, share a meal together, and count your blessings. No matter what you might be going through, there are many things to be thankful for. Focus on the blessings rather than what is wrong in your life. A grateful heart can totally change your attitude and ability to overcome the hardships. If you are feeling that your life is out of control, helping someone else not only brings joy to their lives, but to yours as well. It can give you a sense of purpose. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Spend this Thanksgiving making someone else’s life better in some way. Making your list and checking it twice… Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, 8

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is an opportunity to shop locally and pick up gifts on your holiday shopping list! For some, this is a holiday in and of itself and represents the beginning of the Christmas season. There are those who make an event out of Black Friday, meeting up with friends at the crack of dawn and standing in line waiting for the retail doors to open. Others choose to stay as far away from retail as possible, avoiding the crowds and waiting until the 27th for Cyber Monday to shop online. You may not be standing in line on Cyber Monday, but you can plan on the Internet being slow! In a perfect world, you could conceivably knock out your shopping list on Friday and Monday and decorate for Christmas on Saturday and Sunday, ready for the next holiday in one weekend! However, eating all that turkey will probably leave most of us taking too many naps to be that industrious. No worries, after Cyber Monday, we will have 27 days before Christmas to finish up whatever we have planned for the holiday.

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Saturday, November 4th the Statesville Pumpkin Fest in downtown Statesville will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fest will feature over 60 exhibitors, a kid zone, games, rides, activities, food, entertainment, classic car cruise-in, pumpkin pie eating contest, and NC craft beer. Admission is free. For more information email info@downtownstatesville.org. Also on the 4th, the 41st Annual Working Fingers Craft Show is held at Charles Mack Citizen Center with over 100 booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and food is available for purchase. For more info email agoode@ci.mooresville.nc.us Sunday, November 5th is the end of Daylight Savings time. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour. Tuesday, November 7th is Election Day. Please vote! Saturday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Show your appreciation to our veterans and thank them for their service. Consider volunteering or making a donation to Purple Heart Homes, our own locally founded veteran’s support nonprofit organization. Their mission is: Improving Veteran’s Lives One Home at a Time. Details can be found on their website, purplehearthomesusa.org. Saturday, November 25th shop small businesses! ©iStockphoto.com | ElenaMedvedeva


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When Care Matters Most By Kristie Darling

“My husband received absolutely the best possible care you could ask for. We were provided both palliative and hospice care, and I believe that is what allowed Jimmie to experience the good quality of life he had with me and his family, his pets, and his music throughout his long journey,” Beverly Lincomfelt of Mooresville shared. “I wanted so much to care for him myself at home, and I did for a long time, but I wasn’t able to do it all. It’s hard. The entire Hospice team—everyone who worked with us—kept him comfortable and helped me keep going. They came immediately when I needed them at the end, and they came to his service, too. I can’t say enough good things about our Hospice.” Beverly’s story may seem remarkable for healthcare today, but the more you learn about Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, the more typical it sounds. 12

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Photos: On the cover–from left to right– Dr. Charles Frankhouser, medical director; Terri Phillips, president and CEO; and Dr. John Gazak, associate medical director (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) Above–Jodie Belcher, RN, comforts a patient at the Gordon Hospice House. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography)


Even though Beverly is a trained nurse, after providing oneon-one care for her husband for several years following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she realized the task was too big. He required full-time care, and she needed help, physically and emotionally. HPCIC provides that critical support to anyone in our region who needs it. “We’re here to make each day count,” says Terri Philips, president and CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, “to make the best of each day. Every patient and family we serve is different, with unique needs and circumstances, and our care is offered to anyone, regardless of where they are, who they are, what they are experiencing in terms of their needs for end-of-life care. We hear this over and over, ‘I wish we had called sooner,’ and our staff is always available to answer questions to help people understand who we care for and all that we offer.” Indeed, anyone can make a referral to HPCIC. Often, the initial inquiry comes from a family member or friend. It’s important to remember that simply requesting information can be the start of a life-changing partnership between someone who is ill or in pain and the professionals and volunteers at HPCIC. It’s that partnership that Beverly credits with “keeping my husband comfortable and keeping me going.” WHAT WE BELIEVE We believe in our mission: To honor life by providing extraordinary care with compassion, comfort, and dignity to our patients, families, and community. We believe hospice is about living: HPCIC’s goal is to help patients and families make the most of every moment by providing comfort. We focus on the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Hospice is intended for the last six months of life; the more time with a family, the better Hospice can serve and care for them. Hospice care can greatly increase the patient’s quality of life. We believe our programs offer extraordinary care to our community: HPCIC is the only nonprofit hospice organization located in Iredell County. We have dedicated care teams in Mooresville and Statesville, and we own and operate the only in-patient hospice facility in Iredell County—Gordon Hospice House. With a service area of ten counties (Iredell, Davie, Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Lincoln, Yadkin) HPCIC provides care in homes, in assisted living and long-term facilities, in hospitals, as well as in the Gordon Hospice House, with the comforts of home and the support of professional health care providers.

Photos, above, top to bottom: • Blessing of the Hands, a ceremony HPCIC offers to professional caregivers and first responders throughout the county. • Volunteers are a vital part of Hospice. Shown, from left to right, are Sheila Foxworthy, Teresa Ward, director of volunteer services, and Darlene McLain. • We Honor Veterans is a specialized–care program of HPCIC for veteran patients. Pictured is volunteer Joe Stallings at a veteran recognition ceremony. (Photos above by Mindy Rice, HPCIC staff) IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2017

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We believe access to insurance or ability to pay is never a barrier to care: As Iredell County’s leading hospice provider—the most experienced and trusted provider—for 33 years, HPCIC has been a critical and compassionate support system for families throughout our region, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2016, HPCIC provided more than $1 million in uncompensated care and programs through private donations. HOSPICE PROGRAMS TOUCH EVERYONE Rainbow Kidz— Kidz—Unfortunately, children aren’t immune to needing hospice services. Leigh Ann Darty, Rainbow Kidz director, started Rainbow Kidz because there was a gap in services provided to Iredell County children who were experiencing grief and related issues or living with life-limiting conditions. “We teach healthy coping techniques and skills,” Leigh Ann explained. “These are life tools that will serve young people well in future emotional situations they encounter.” Through grief counseling groups in Iredell County schools, Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont, Camp Rainbow’s week-long summer camp, Sara Campbell’s Holiday Healing, and professional one-on-one counseling, children can build a community of friends who understand and support each other. There is never a charge for Rainbow Kidz programs. “My son went through Rainbow Kidz’ school program,” one mother shared, “and he made friends he could go to and talk about things. It gave him the language and comfort he needed to express his feelings.” Rainbow Kidz is solely funded by community donations.

Photos, above, top to bottom: • Leigh Ann Darty, director of Rainbow Kidz at Camp Rainbow, a week-long summer camp. (Photo by Dana Leigh Photography) • Gordon Hospice House, the only in-patient hospice facility in Iredell County. (Photos by Kelli Brinkley Photography) 14

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The Pathways Team—Palliative Care is different from hospice care. The palliative care team of physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, and social workers provides comfort and support for those suffering from life-limiting serious illness or patients who have been in and out of the hospital. “Most people would rather manage their symptoms at home, and we help them do that,” Terri explained. “Palliative care is a medical specialty, just like cardiology or oncology, where our team members partner with your primary physician to develop an individual care plan for managing pain and complications, discomfort and anxiety, assisting with medical equipment, and helping restore quality of life.” Palliative care is a godsend for anyone, at any age, with a potentially life-threatening condition, as well as their caregivers. Many say they wish they hadn’t waited so long to begin receiving care.


Hospice Care and Gordon Hospice House—“Whether our patients remain at home, in a nursing facility, or enter our in-patient Hospice House, our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and families,” Karen Lawler, director of community outreach, told me. “We take pride that our hospice program is of the highest quality; in fact, we’ve earned national recognition the last four years as a Hospice Honors recipient, an award determined by family surveys. 100 percent of families recommend us to others, which exceeds state and national levels.” With regional locations in Statesville and Mooresville, HPCIC’s dedicated team members go wherever the patient is, and their response time in a crisis is quick because they are close by. FOCUSED ON LIVING “It’s a myth that hospice care is only for the last few days,” Terri said. “So often, patients are referred too late, and what could have been six months or longer of exceptional, compassionate medical care and critical support for family members, is brief. We’re focused on living the best life, improving the quality of every day that a person has.” Gordon Hospice House has been home to hundreds who have received the highest quality care at the end of life’s journey. Hospice professionals have brightened the homes of many people whose families share their positive stories whenever they talk about their loved one’s passing. As a daughter who will forever be grateful for the dedication and care my mother received from Hospice of Iredell County, I recommend a visit if you have any questions about someone you love. There’s a good reason this community is dedicated to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County–it’s because they are dedicated to serving families in our community.

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Take It Outside!

Outdoor Activities for Cooler Weather By Jennifer Krawiec

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This is the time of year when bathing suits and coverups are replaced with sweaters and jackets. Cool lemonade and iced tea make way for hot pumpkin spice and peppermint mocha drinks. Cooler weather changes the way we dress and the way we eat, but just because the temperature has dropped does not mean we should huddle indoors. Stay Active Outdoor activities are not limited to warm weather and sunny days. Maybe waterskiing is out of the question, but you can still get some sun and fresh air while wearing a coat. There are plenty of things that fit into your active lifestyle and don’t require a wetsuit. Take advantage of the gorgeous, wellmaintained parks and hiking trails in our region of North Carolina. Choose your level of difficulty, grab a friend and take a hike! For a less strenuous activity, nature walks in your neighborhood or nearby park are a great alter-

native and appropriate for the whole family. Take a casual stroll while picking up leaves and pinecones to use in a trendy Pinterest project. Consider using the autumnal scenery as a backdrop for your holiday photos. If mountain biking is more your speed, make sure you hit those trails before the snow falls. This area has trails for riders of all levels, so even if you are a beginner, there is something for you. Be mindful of fallen leaves, as they can be slippery, but if the trail is open then conditions are deemed safe. This is also a great time of year for camping. Pay a visit to your local outdoor supply store so you can be prepared with the appropriate equipment for the temperatures you will encounter. Socialize Hanging outdoors with friends is usually associated with the summer sun. Now that the mosquitos have left us

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and the temperatures have fallen, why not have an autumn cookout? Standing over the grill is more pleasant now than when the temperature is in the 90s. If it’s a little too chilly to just hang out on the deck, throw some wood on the fire pit and enjoy socializing in a makeshift, outdoor living room in your backyard. If you play sports, the fun doesn’t have to stop when the season is ending. Grab some friends and play a pick-up game of flag football, soccer, or basketball. Traditional golf courses and driving ranges are open all year, as are frisbee golf courses. Backyard games like cornhole, volleyball, or badminton are other options. Pull that equipment out of storage, and enjoy the games for a few more weeks. Don’t forget: just because the heat and humidity are reduced does not mean you can forgo hydration and sun protection. Keep water bottles full and the sunscreen on hand to safely enjoy your cool weather outdoor fun.


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Total Home Healthcare By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Healthcare providers are seeing a shift to more in-home care. Medi Home Health and Hospice stepped up to fill the need for total home healthcare, offering a continuation of care through in-home healthcare and hospice care. Medi Home Health and Hospice is owned by Medical Services of America based in Lexington, South Carolina. They have serviced Iredell County for the last 19 years by providing home medical equipment via a store front in Statesville at the Five Points intersection on Davie Avenue. Two years ago, they expanded their services to our region when they purchased Alexander County Home Health. Their home health and hospice care services are now offered in Alex18

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ander, Iredell, Catawba, and Caldwell Counties. “In each one of the counties we service, we employ clinicians who live in those counties,” Teresa Gregory, corporate director, said. “It truly is local folks taking care of local folks.” Teresa says there is a need for this type of care in Iredell County. “There are really only two local home health providers who come into Iredell County, and only one real hospice, so we feel like we are able to give families and patients a choice,” Teresa said. “Also, when there’s a little bit of competition, the quality of care goes up.”

“Some private home health companies have employees who come in and buy groceries, clean the house, sit with the patients, but this is different,” Teresa said. “We are a certified home health agency, paid through Medicare to provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social worker services.” One program Teresa says sets Medi Home Health apart from other companies is their disease management programs for congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, and joint replacement. These programs are intensive, educational six to nine week programs. Home is the key here. “If you go to any person, and you ask them where they want to live out their days, they are going to tell you they want to stay home,” Teresa said. “It’s simply where people want to be, and actually, it’s much more cost-effective than a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living facility. We are completely paid for by Medicare with no out of pocket from the patient if the patient is considered home bound by their doctor.”


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Another unique aspect of Medi Home Health and Hospice is the continuation of care. “There are not many companies around that own a home health agency, hospice, and medical equipment,” Teresa said. “We provide a great continuum of care. Nurses are cross trained so the patient can have the same nurse with them throughout home health and even into hospice, if that is what they elect.” Nurses are on-call 24/7 to assist with patient emergencies. Their goal is to keep patients at home instead of ending up in the hospital emergency room. Medi Home Health and Hospice accepts a variety of insurances other than Medicare, which helps many patients afford care.

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World War II Veteran–Melvin Troutman

D-Days in the South Pacific Article and Photos by Linda B. Wilson

Photos: Left–WWII Veteran Melvin Troutman with his watercolor painting of an LCT

Above–A photo of Melvin in his uniform

Melvin Troutman did not storm the Normandy beach in 1944; however, every island landing in the South Pacific was a D-Day, and Melvin was present for many of them. In the spring of 1943, Melvin Troutman was a recent Cool Spring High School graduate. “I was drafted into the military, but I was ready to go anyway. I wanted to do my part, so I would have enlisted,” Melvin says. “I was just a kid who had hardly been out of Iredell County, so to me, it was an adventure. They gave me a choice between the Marines and the Navy. I thought to be a Marine you had to be a big strong boy, and I was just a skinny little kid, so I chose the Navy,” Melvin laughs. “Not knowing how to swim was a little concern, but I learned in boot camp.” Boot camp took Melvin to Bainbridge, Maryland; after that to Norfolk, and then west to Mare Island near San Francisco. In those days, Melvin says it took seven days by train from the east coast to San Francisco. “When we got to Brisbane, Australia, we had to assemble the LCT, the landing craft tank. That tank was my home for almost three years,” he recalls. “I 22

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went from Australia to New Guinea and other islands in the South Pacific. To an Iredell County boy, all this was a shock. I saw General McArthur in the Philippines. These ships provided everything from food and medical supplies to tanks and equipment. Many times, we were the first to land on the beach. We were the support men, but we were attacked a few times, too.” The LCT, as Melvin knew it during World War II, was initially developed for the British Royal Navy and first called TLC, for tank landing craft. In 1940, Winston Churchill demanded an amphibious vessel capable of landing heavy tanks on the beach. “Let there be built great ships which can cast upon a beach, in any weather, large numbers of the heaviest tanks.” Initially designed to transport tanks in Europe, the United States later used them to transport everything. The all-welded, 372-ton steel-hulled vessel could transport up to 136 tons of cargo. While they were mostly used during World War II, the U.S. referred to them as LCTs and continued with their use in Korea and Vietnam under different designations.


Upon his discharge in 1946, Boatswain Mate Third Class Troutman came home to Statesville and later married Mae Cartner. Melvin and Mae had two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. They were married for 65 years before Mae’s death in 2012. Melvin and his business partners, James Warren and Gene Broome, started Statesville Fixture Corporation, a successful business for 31 years, until they retired in 1997 and sold the business.

While taking watercolor classes, Melvin painted a portrait of an LCT to remember the days when a young boy went half way around the world and spent his days and nights landing on beaches in the South Pacific. Now 93-years-old and humbly remembering his time during World War II, Melvin recalls, “I just wouldn’t want the LCT to be lost in history since it played such an important part in winning the war,” he says. “War wasn’t fun, but it was an experience. I am thankful for the small part I played.”

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What's Cooking?! Spicy Sheet Pan Roasted Jambalaya

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Spicy Sheet Pan Roasted Jambalaya Servings: 4-6

1 ½

large yellow onion, diced large green bell pepper, diced ½ large yellow bell pepper, diced ½ large red bell pepper, diced 3 stalks celery, sliced or diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced 1 pint cherry tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 link (13.5 ounces) Andouille sausage, sliced 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning blend Linguine noodles, cooked according to package directions 1-2 lemons, sliced in thin wedges 2 green onions, sliced Fresh chopped parsley

Directions

Heat oven to 400º F. Line 13-by18-inch sheet pan with parchment paper. In large bowl, combine onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly combined. Spread out evenly on pan in single layer. Add slices of Andouille sausage. Roast 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and start to brown. Toss shrimp with Cajun seasoning and prepare linguine noodles.

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F

or at least twenty years, this

• We’ve begun to see our population

Chamber has operated nimbly,

grow substantially, accompanied

quickly, and sometimes radically.

by business growth, both industrial

We have taken on big projects, we have adopted programs that many of our

and commercial. • Our education system, through the

colleagues might have avoided, and we

assist of two school bond referen-

have chosen to be a leader in the devel-

dums, continues to excel.

opment of the future of Statesville and

A WORD FROM

its citizens. The cold, heartless truth

The cold, hard and honest opportuni-

is that we have also undertaken this

ties that lie ahead:

without any strategic plan. Operating

• Our per capita income is below the

without a plan does have its benefits,

state average. This demands im-

namely nimbleness and flexibility.

mediate attention.

Truthfully, however, operating with-

• We must be more inclusive in the

out a long-term strategy often leads to

economic renaissance of the com-

spreading yourself too thin and losing

munity.

effectiveness.

• It is imperative that we create or enhance the community’s com-

Developing A Strategic Plan

Over the last three months, we under-

munication stream so that we

took extensive surveying of our past

articulate opportunities, problems,

and current membership and had some

concerns, and celebrations.

very honest dialog with our board of directors, discovering what we do well

As we move forward with the develop-

and areas in which we pay better lip

ment of our strategic plan to ensure

service than elbow grease. During the

success for the Chamber, our members,

last week of September, we gathered

and our community, you can trust that

37 community leaders and members of

this document will focus on creating a

our board of directors for the seemingly

more unified Statesville. That does not

arduous task of trying to put legs on a

mean that we must agree on all issues

strategic plan.

all the time, but we must build upon a system in which diverse voices are

Over the past ten years, we have tried to

heard. As our community continues to

take a partnership role in creating and

expand, we will provide programming

expanding a heightened sense of com-

and promotion for segments of the

munity. In some ways, our successes

community that have felt under served.

have been astounding:

We will seek to build partnerships with others in the Statesville area to accom-

• The number of events that are at-

David Bradley

tracting local and regional people

a trusted leader in this community. We

President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

to Statesville is, quite frankly, stag-

treasure that trust and hope to utilize

gering. There is an energy down-

that trust to break ground on a brighter

town; we can begin to refocus our

tomorrow for ALL of us.

efforts. 28

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T A WORD FROM

NC Businesses that Export, Benefit from STEP Funding

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30

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he United States is the largest, most competitive and technologically advanced economy in the world. U.S. Gross Domestic Product has consistently seen growth of 1.8% or more since 2011. The United States is known throughout the world for high quality, innovative goods and services, customer service, and sound business practices. U.S. exports of goods and services totaled $2.1 trillion in 2011. Exports are a growing and substantial part of the U.S. economy, accounting for 13.8% of our nation’s GDP. Today, improvements in trade finance, the Internet, and trade agreements have dramatically increased access to markets worldwide. More than 70 % of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. Your competitors are increasing their global market share, and you can too. Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. On average, sales grow faster, more jobs are created, and employees earn more than in non-exporting firms. Companies that export do better than companies that don’t. Here are the reasons why: • Faster growth: Exporters achieve greater top-line revenue growth than non-exporters. • More productive: Manufacturers that export are 30% more productive than those that don’t. • More Profitable: Exporters generate 121% more revenue on average. • More Resilient: Market diversification makes exporters more resilient to economic shocks. • More Competitive: Companies that export benefit from economies of scale and increased efficiencies. • More Innovative: Companies that export are 25% more innovative and more likely to adopt innovative technologies. • Last Longer: Exporting increases business longevity, helping companies stay in business longer.

The N.C. Passport to Export program, called State Trade Expansion Program, was created to help small businesses grow globally. The program is a component of the National Export Initiative and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. STEP is designed to help North Carolina-based small businesses generate new export revenues and create or retain new jobs for North Carolina by preparing them for exporting with an array of trade-related resources and services. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina are offering funds to qualifying businesses through STEP. The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides funding to qualifying small businesses to offset costs associated with exporting. STEP funds assist companies with participating in foreign trade shows and trade missions; developing websites to attract foreign buyers; designing international marketing materials to reach a broader audience; obtaining services to support foreign market entry; and attending select export education courses throughout the program year. Eligible companies can receive a maximum of $10,000 from STEP this year; up to $5,000 toward booth costs and up to $3,000 toward travel costs, with up to $2,000 in export service costs totaling the maximum of $10,000 this year. Special consideration will be offered to companies that are woman-owned, veteran-owned, minority-owned, and rurally based, as well as companies that are in select sectors in the National Export Initiative, including: textiles, life sciences, and clean/green technology. By growing globally, small businesses thrive locally.


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