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Article 46 Orange County’s voters successfully passed a referendum in November 2011 to levy a one-quarter (1/4) cent sales tax that provides additional annual funding for education and economic development purposes. The “Article 46” funding program generates approximately $2.5 million annually in new local sales tax proceeds which are split equally between education (shared between the Orange County & Chapel Hill/Carrboro school systems) and economic development. The 50/50 share of Article 46 funds for economic development, averaging $1.25 million per year, is initially set for 10 years. The BOCC adopted a Resolution in December 2011 authorizing the new one-quarter cent sales tax appropriation as follows: 

Debt service on water, sewer & associated infrastructure made in Orange County’s 3 Economic Development Districts (Eno, Hillsborough and Buckhorn)

60%

$750,000

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Orange County’s Small Business Loan Fund

16%

$200,000

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Entrepreneurial & Incubator Support

8%

$100,000

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Business Investment Grant Program

8%

$100,000



Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

5%

$60,000



Marketing & Collaborative Outreach

1.5%

$20,000

Advertising, Publishing & Collateral Materials

1.5%

$20,000

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Board of County Commissioners

Mark Dorosin Chair

Mia Burroughs

Barry Jacobs

Penny Rich Vice Chair

Mark Marcoplos

Earl McKee

Renee Price


Business Investment Grant Program

    Mark Dorosin, Chair Penny Rich, Vice Chair Mia Burroughs Barry Jacobs Mark MarcoploS Earl McKee Renee Price

Orange County Board of Commissioners Post Office Box 8181 200 South Cameron Street Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278

On behalf of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, I want to commend our many small businesses that operate, thrive and employ so many residents throughout our County. Their contribution to the Orange County economy is significant and should be acknowledged for the important services and employment they provide. The Orange County Board of Commissioners is delighted that so many of these firms took advantage of the Orange County Small Business Loan Program, the Small Business Investment Grant Program, and the Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program this past year. Each of these three programs is supported by an annual allocation of funds generated by our ¼-cent sales tax (the Article 46 sales tax) collected for the purpose of economic development. This local-option sales tax was approved by our residents in 2011 to support various economic development goals. In the previous 12 months, Orange County’s small business loan and grant programs have benefited many firms throughout Orange County and the municipalities of Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill. In the past year, more than 30 small businesses, farming operations and local food processors have shared more than $200,000 in grant and loan funding. Orange County is committed to diversifying and supporting our local economy, and these grant and loan programs that support our small businesses and agricultural ventures are a vital part of that effort. Best regards,

Mark Dorosin, Chair Orange County Board of Commissioners

www.orangecountync.gov Protecting and preserving - People, Resources, Quality of Life Orange County, North Carolina - You Count! (919) 245-2130

The purpose of the Orange County Business Investment Grant Program is to stimulate successful non-farm Business Investment development and expansion in Orange County. By making economic development grant funds available, the County will be growing its entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting existing Business Investment and early-stage venture growth, in order to increase jobs, opportunities and grow the commercial tax base in Orange County. Businesses receiving funding through this program will be encourage to be good corporate citizens as defined in Orange County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and encouraged to employ Orange County Residents. Annual Funding

$ 100,000

Fiscal Year 2017-18: Grant applications received Grant applications awarded Grant applications denied

58 28 30

Jobs: Retained New Total

48 44 92

$ 447,138 $ 143,836 $ 241,820

Applications to apply for the Business Investment Grant Program can be found at http://GrowInOrangeNC.com or by contacting Yvonne Scarlett at yscarlett@orangecountync.gov or 919-2452327.


Business Investment Grant Program The Business Investment Grant Committee was formed in 2015 to oversee the allocation of grant funding to local businesses from Article 46. The individuals chosen to be committee members represent the Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, as well as the business community of Orange County. The Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review submitted applications. Committee Members:

Business Investment Grant Program Always Faithful Body Care Helen L. Haynes Chapel Hill

Always Faithful Body Care was started as a result of Helen’s desire to develop more natural products. Over the last three years, Helen has developed hand soaps; dish soap, bathroom cleaners and laundry detergents that were safe for the body as well as the environment. Use of Funds Startup Advertising Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 0

Delores Bailey

D.R. Bryan

Jim Kitchen

Mark O’Neal

John Anderson

Paige Zinn


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Arete Float Tank

Be Pure Beauty

Jennifer Ellis Carrboro floatarete.com/

April Manning Chapel Hill www.bepurebeauty.com/

Arete Float Tank is a locally-owned small business located in Carrboro, offering first class float tank experiences, full spectrum infrared sauna and binaural audio to help convince your mind it’s time to relax, recover and create.

Be Pure Beauty is a locally-owned “natural beauty” retail store located in Chapel Hill.

Use of Funds Marketing Up-fit Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 2 “Being able to complete structural additions to allow access to all people has been a wonderful, positive impact but the thing that had been the most rewarding was that it gave me the ability to hire not just one, but two new employees.”

Be Pure Beauty likes to research and read labels, scoping out brands that positively impact your customer’s health while helping them to feel gorgeous. When product ingredients pass the test and land on our shelves. Use of Funds Workforce expansion Product expansion Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 1.5


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Beau Catering

Boro Beverage

Beau Bennett Hillsborough www.beaucatering.com/

Carly Erickson Hillsborough https://borobeverage.com

Beau Catering is a local, full service catering company/personal chef service with a focus on local and sustainable North Carolina ingredients. Their goal is to create memorable events for clients through great food, excellent service and thoughtful planning.

Boro Beverage is an Orange County producer of non alcoholic, healthier drink options inspired by NC Agriculture. The beverages are a combination of vibrant seasonal produce and natural fermentation methods that create a combination of tart and sweet flavor profiles that reap in health benefits and support local farms.

Use of Funds Workforce expansion Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 5

Boro Beverage produces kombucha, a fermented sweet tea; shrubs, a drinking vinegar derived from fruit, sugar and vinegar; switchel, similar to shrubs that includes ingredients such as ginger, citrus and a sweetener. Use of Funds Startup and equipment costs Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 0


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Carolina Casket Makers Collective

Carolina Creative Playschool

Heather Ahn-Redding Hillsborough https://www.carolinacasketmakers.com/

Ana Carroll Chapel Hill www.carolinacreativeplayschool.com/

Carolina Casket Makers Collective (CCMC) provides individuals and families with natural, affordable, and simpler alternatives to conventional funeral options. CCMC supports and promotes the green burial movement through education, outreach, and sales/marketing for artisans who build handcrafted caskets.

Carolina Creative Playschool is a small daycare center serving children from infants to 5 years old. Their format is play based and process oriented child led curriculum to foster a lifelong love of learning. Their goal is to provide a comfortable, nurturing and educational environment by honoring each child’s independence, providing respectful and responsible care, and fostering social and emotional development.

CCMC hopes to generate more consistent sales for the artisans it represents and to continue educating communities about available green(er) burial options. Use of Funds Startup Marketing Outreach and Education Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 2

Use of Funds Facility upgrades Job Creation: 3 Job Retention: 2

“This grant has impacted my business by giving me the funds to add a bathroom. Adding a bathroom enabled us to enroll more kids thus creating more jobs and raising the profit margin for our business.”


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Carrboro Massage Therapy, Inc.

Clarametrics

Ruth Newnam Carrboro www.carrboromassagetherapy.com

Michael Fried Chapel Hill https://clarametrics.com/

Carrboro Massage Therapy was founded in April 2007 by Ruth Newnam to house and support massage therapists and other health care providers in private practice with a web presence, online scheduling, and general brand recognition.

Clarametrics is a software solution (subscription based) that helps online retailers achieve greater sales success. Their performance dashboard provides retailers with the advanced insights and sophisticated views necessary to make smarter business decisions.

Ruth’s first short-term aim is to grow the business to serve an additional 50 clients in the Orange County area, providing steady part time income to 2 new therapists/independent contractors at CMT. Use of Funds Workforce expansion

Clarametrics product has one simple goal: help companies increase their online sales. They do this by providing a simple to use based solution, intuitive navigation and elegant visuals that make it easy to view, consume and act on data.

Job Creation: 2 Jobs Retained: 2

Use of Funds Workforce expansion Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 1

“Overall the Orange County grant funds have been critical in allowing Clarametrics to invest in additional resources to push our product and designs forward”.


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

ClinWiki

Dingo Dog Brewing Company

William Hoos Chapel Hill www.clinwiki.org

Timothy Schwarzauer Chapel Hill www.dingodogbrewing.com/

ClinWiki is a website platform (crowd-source tool) to annotate, rank and generally enhance the clarity and accuracy of clinical trial information.

Dingo Dog Brewing Company is a small-scale craft brewery operating on PlowGirl Farm outside of Carrboro. Founded as a non-profit brewing entity, Dingo Dog produces beverages using produce grown onsite in a “zero waste� production facility and will use profits to fund grants to no-kill animal rescue organizations in North Carolina.

ClinWiki pre-populates the publically available information from clinicaltrials.gov and other sources and then provides a platform so that the crowd of patients, family members, physicians, researchers and disease organizations can populate the critical information about each trial. Use of Funds Workforce expansion Job creation: 1 Job Retention: 1

Use of Funds Infrastructure improvements Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 1


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

FeedStation

Flawless LLC

Amy Ryan-Linnane Chapel Hill www.feedstation.net/

Wendy Solomon Chapel Hill www.flawlessdayspa.com/

FeedStation is a turnkey software platform that helps midsize businesses sell their products on major online shopping platforms such as Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, and many others. They connect sellers with their online customers quickly, easily, and cost-effectively by using the process and data formats already used by each business. FeedStation offers custom product and inventory synchronization, order and back office integration, reporting, and specialized data conversation services for target markets.

Flawless LLC is a Chapel Hill spa and wellness center offering spa services and holistic treatments as restorative remedies that encourage the body’s natural healing capabilities. Their mission is to provide a haven of peace and tranquility for their clients, with the goal of promoting the achievement and maintenance of healthy skin, healthy body, and healthy spirit.

“We provide powerful and flexible solutions for eCommerce businesses. Whether you’re a brick-and-mortar store or an eCommerce site, we make it possible to expand your business to today's marketplaces without compromises.”

Use of Funds Software Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 2

Use of Funds Expansion Jobs Creation: 5 Jobs Retention: 10

“This grant allowed us to expand our services to offer a full range of new services to our clients. The grant also enabled us to create 6 new jobs.”


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Fork the Roof, LLC

Hominy Gringos

Vince Tesoro Hillsborough

Anthony Zuech Hillsborough www.hominygringos.com/

Fork the Roof, LLC is a mobile food truck to provide food to the existing Hot Tin Roof bar. Fork the Roof will be located on the premises and will provide lunch and dinner to patrons. The truck will also attract street traffic, business people and tourists. Use of Funds Kitchen equipment Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 0

Hominy Gringos is a small local farm-to-taco tortilleria (tortilla bakery that produces and sells freshly made tortillas), highlighting Southern ingredients. Hominy Gringos approaches farm-to-table differently by borrowing flavors and skills essential to Mexican cuisine. Use of Funds Equipment Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 1


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Howard Home Repair Service

Kyookz, LLC

Nathan Howard Chapel Hill

Lindsay Bisbee Hillsborough www.kyookz.com/

Howard Home Repair Service is a small carpentry and “handyman” business started after retirement from the Town of Carrboro. Howard offers a wide range of services that include door replacement, deck construction, storage building construction, floor removal and installation, dry wall repair, small to medium renovation projects and grading. Use of Funds Electrical education and licensing Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 2

“This grant provided the funding for me and my assistant to complete the required course and fees for licensing examination to receive my electrical license. Being a licensed electrician will be an added plus in generating more income for the business.”

Kyookz, LLC is a woman-owned, small business that manufactures refrigerated pickles; running their manufacturing production at the Piedmont Food & Agricultural Processing Center (PFAP). Kyookz pickles can be found locally at Hillsborough BBQ, Southern Season, Weaver Street Market and Steve’s Garden Market & Butchery Use of Funds Operating Marketing Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 1

“Kyookz was able to increase our overall revenue by 31% year-over-year”.


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

MoyoMedical Technologies

Neomega Nutritionals, LLC

Denali K. Dahl Chapel Hill www.moyomedical.com/

Judit Beres Hillsborough www.neomega3.com/

MoyoMedical Technologies is a biotechnology startup dedicated to developing technologies to improve women’s health in low-resource settings. The mission of MoyoMedical is to improve maternal health outcomes through a home-based early detection of complications like preeclampsia and eclampsia. Use of Funds Workforce Expansion Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 1

Neomega Nutritionals, LLC was started on November 9, 2015 with the purpose to bring healthy, innovative, natural food and skin care products to their end consumers. Neomega operates out of Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center (PFAP) producing infused avocado oils. Their oils are cold pressed, do not contain anything artificial and the flavor comes from whole herbs and good little roots like ginger and turmeric. Use of Funds Operating & Workforce Expansion Job Creation: 4 Job Retention: 1


Business Investment Grant Program Pilot Mission LLC dba PlaneLogiX

Prime Oasis Group LLC Theodore V. Prime Chapel Hill

Rob Wilkes and William Goldstein Carrboro www.planelogix.com/

Pilot Mission LLC dba PlaneLogiX is a company located in Carrboro that has grown from a small aviation training materials provider to a more established and esteemed tech company in the aviation industry. Their core business is consolidating, organizing, and digitizing aviation maintenance records to facilitate the transition between old/legacy paper based logbooks to a digital platform. Use of Funds Server Upgrade Workforce Expansion

Business Investment Grant Program

Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 3

Prime Oasis Group LLC is a research and advertising startup launched in July 2016 by UNC-CH Alum, Theodore Prime. Based in Chapel Hill, the Group will present POGGER to UNC-CH in the fall. POGGER is a one-stop channel helping students find and access campus experts, university resources, and work opportunities to improve student success. Use of Funds Workforce expansion Marketing/advertising Job Creation: 5 (interns) Job Retention: 1 “My consulting business was able to create 5 student interships, build strong internal support with campus leaders and business considerations for this year’s school budgets.”


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Rumi Café LLC

SeaBrooks Family Naturals

Mehdi Haghshenas Chapel Hill https://rumicafe.weebly.com/

Marvin SeaBrooks Hillsborough www.summerh2o.com/

Rumi Café is a family owned quick-serve restaurant serving authentic Persian cuisine with Blue Dogwood Public Market between Franklin and Rosemary Streets. Rumi Café sources most of their ingredients from local farmers that use the best environmentally friendly, healthy, and sustainable methods possible. Use of Funds Start-up Kitchen equipment Job Creation: 2 Job Retention: 0

SeaBrooks Family Naturals manufactures a beneficial switchel beverage called Summer Water Switchel Beverage. Summer Water Switchel Beverage is made of all natural and organic ingredients, including: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Natural Lemon Juice, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Raw Honey and all natural Alkaline Water. Summer Water Switchel Beverage comes in four flavors; Original, Cinnamon (by adding Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Oil), Pomegranate (by adding Organic Pomegranate juice) and coming soon, Blueberry Cinnamon. Use of Funds Workforce Expansion Job Creation: 4 Job Retention: 1


Business Investment Grant Program

Business Investment Grant Program

Sweet Neecy

Village Diner

Annette Council Chapel Hill https://sweetneecy.com/

Joel Bohlin Hillsborough www.facebook.com/VillageDinerNC

Sweet NeecyÂŽ is a local company that offers consumers a delicious line of no-fuss, time saving and cost-efficient all natural cake batter mixes. Sweet NeecyÂŽ currently serves thirty-five retail stores throughout NC and the southeastern United States as well as via their website and Amazon.com.

The Village Diner is a locally owned restaurant located in West Hillsborough. Under new ownership, the Diner has reestablished itself as a family restaurant that serves high quality, approachable food at a reasonable price point. The menu features fixed dishes and seasonal specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Use of Funds Marketing

Use of Funds Expansion

Job Creation: 1 Job Retention: 1

Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 3


Business Investment Grant Program Viva Biliteracy, LLC Claudia & Robert Smith Chapel Hill http://vivabiliteracy.com/

Viva Biliteracy will provide comprehensive curriculum packages for dual language programs in elementary schools ranging from an individual assignment up to year-long units of study that will be combined with professional development, implementation support and consulting services to the roughly 5,000 dual-language elementary schools throughout the United States.

Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program The purpose of the Orange County Agricultural Economic Development Grant Program is to assist farmers in developing new sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants.

Annual Funding Fiscal Year 2017-18: Grant applications received Grant applications awarded Grant applications denied Grant applications deferred

10 9 2 1

$

60,000

$ $ $ $

81,000 60,000 11,000 10,000

Use of Funds Start-up Job Creation: 0 Job Retention: 2

Applications to apply for the Agricultural Economic Development Grant Program can be found at http://GrowInOrangeNC.com or by contacting Mike Ortosky at Mortosky@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-2336.


Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program The Agriculture Economic Development Grant Committee was formed in 2015 to oversee the allocation of grant funding to local farmers from Article 46. The individuals chosen to be committee members represent the Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Orange County Cooperative Extension Staff, the Agriculture Economic Developer from Orange County’s Economic Development staff, and the Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board. The Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis to review submitted applications.

Committee Members:

Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program Garland Gourmet Mushrooms & Truffles, Inc. Franklin Garland Hillsborough www.chapelhillcreamery.com

Garland Truffles has been in business since 1979, pioneering truffle growing in the Western Hemisphere and produced the first commercially grown truffles in the United States in 1992. Franklin has published numerous articles and papers, and has provided multiple presentations about truffle growing. His innovative methods have been used successfully by growers worldwide. Farm Size: 57 acres Primary Source of farm income: Truffles Project: Construct new greenhouse Goal for Project: “To make the local area the truffle capital of the USA, much like Napa and Sonoma are known for their wines.”

Vaughn Compton

Mart Bumgarner

Noah Ranells

Mike Ortosky

James Watts


Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Patrick Purcell

Red Hawk Farm LLC

Hillsborough

Brett Evans Hurdle Mills http://redhawkfarmnc.com/

Patrick has been farming consecutively for the last 15 years on a 300 acres family farm. Patrick is in the process of converting this previously hog and beef operation into an organic dairy (beginning with 60 heifers). The dairy will be producing Grad-A whole raw milk harvested from healthy cows, grazing on healthy forages, grown in healthy soil. The milk will then be sold to Organic Valley, a stable Co-Op Farm Size: 300 acres

Located in Hurdle Mills, NC, Red Hawk Farm is a year-round, vegetable farm serving the Triangle. Farm Size: 52 acres Primary Source of farm income: Mixed vegetables

Primary Source of farm income: Milk Sales Project: Renovate an existing hog barn into a dairy facility. Goal for Project: To create a sustainable dairy farming enterprise by allowing the livestock to graze naturally minimizing operating cost and environmental impact. “To grow this farm and increase the dairy herd as I can.”

Project: Retrofit existing high tunnel with features that will greatly improve the ability to produce consistent, high quality transplants efficiently. Goal for Project: “to bring my propagation in line with the many recent investment I have made at a new farming location. This will help improve reliability and quality of production. It will also allow me to better ex-


Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Red Tail Grains

Sankofa Farms LLC

Danny Cowan and George Allen Efland www.Redtailgrains.com

Kamal Bell Cedar Grove www.sankofafarmsllc.com/

Red Tail Grains specializes in heritage and specialty grains for local bakers, brewers, and grocers. Located in Efland, Red Tail Grains farms with a holistic and systems approach that excludes the use of herbicides, fungicides, and chemical fertilizers.

Sankofa Farms LLC is a multifaceted agricultural entity that seeks to assist changing the food intake habits of those living in and affected by food deserts. Currently their business offers dehydrated chips, farm fresh eggs, farm goods, and a summer agricultural program.

Farm Size: 40 acres

Farm Size: 12 acres

Primary Source of farm income: Specialty varieties of wheat, rye, spelt, and corn.

Primary Source of farm income: Eggs, signature dehydrated fruit and vegetable chips. .

Project: Provide specialty grains and flours to the Triangle.

Project: Expand poultry operation.

Goal for Project: “To purchase seed and fertilizer to plant four differ-

Goal for Project: “The goal for the overall project is to feed people and offer opportunities to those who traditionally are underrepresented.”


Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Agriculture Economic Development Grant Program

Spring Haven Farm LLC

Sykes Dairy, Inc.

Andrew Crihfield Chapel Hill

Jeff Sykes Mebane

www.springhaven.farm/

Spring Haven Farm is a small, family farm located on 10 acres in Chapel Hill North Carolina dedicated to sustainable and all natural farming techniques that EXCLUDE petroleum fertilizers and and all pesticides. Farm Size: 10 acres Primary Source of farm income: Organic vegetables, poultry eggs, livestock breeding and horse boarding. Project: Install fencing. Goal for Project: “To provide health, naturally grown food to the community.”

Sykes Dairy, Inc. is a family-owned dairy farm located in Mebane. Farm Size: 300 acres Primary Source of farm income: Milk and replacement heifers Project: Purchase tractor Goal for Project: “My goal is to continue farming the land I have”.


Small Business Loan Program

Small Business Loan Program

The Orange County Business Loan Program is a revolving fund designed to foster successful local business development and expansion. The program is targeted toward for-profit business entities whose gross revenues do not exceed $3 million per year and that may have limited access to conventional financing. This program was developed by Orange County to promote economic development within the county. The Program has undergone re-structuring several times and is now a 501-c3 corporation with a Board of Directors comprised of a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners; a member of the orange County Economic Development Advisory Board; the Director of Orange County Economic Development; the Orange County Financial Services Director; two employees of financial institutions; and two small business owners. Annual Funding Fiscal Year 2017-18: 2 loans applications submitted*

$ - 0-

$ 200,000

*withdrawn by applicant

Current Loans Accidental Baker The Accidental Baker is a family owned and operated business located in Hillsborough. They produce flatbread crackers and distribute to specialty retail stores. The Accidental Baker was started as a home-based business in Virginia in 2004; relocating to Hillsborough in 2007. In 2010, they expanded into their current location (Daniel Boone). Crackers can be found in Weaver Street Markets and Whole Foods with planned expansion into Harris Teeter. Loan funds were used to expand their business by purchasing a new sheeter, oven, and mixer enabling an increase in production. _______________________________________________________ Beau Catering Beau Catering is a local, full service catering company and personal chef service with a focus on local and sustainable NC ingredients. Their goal is to create memorable events for clients through great food, excellent service, and thoughtful planning. Loan funds were used for expansion of business services. _______________________________________________________

Applications to apply for the Small Business Loan Program can be found at http://GrowInOrangeNC.com or by contacting Yvonne Scarlett at yscarlett@orangecountync.gov or 919-2452327.

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese (Tin Can Ventures, LLC) is a family owned farm located in Cedar Grove, comprised of chefs, artists, and artisans. Austin and his family have combined their skills, raising, producing and selling produce, meat, eggs and crafts. Loan funds were used for working capital.


Small Business Loan Program Ceremony Salon is not only a full service salon, but a modern apothecary, offering niche beauty brands from local and national vendors. Ceremony offers hair services, makeup services, waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as all the products and gadgets you’ll need to maintain your look at home. Loan funds were used for start-up costs. _______________________________________________________ Cup A Joe, a specialty coffee shop located in downtown Hillsborough, was purchased by Brooke and Ryan in 2009. They recently expanded into a larger location (double the amount of square footage) to combine their coffee shop with their bakery. Their goal is to provide exceptional coffee and pastries to the community. Loan funds were used for expansion into a new location. _______________________________________________________ MasterPeace Master Peace is an artistic and creative upscale and classy barbershop/salon located in Hillsborough (home-based business). Loan funds were used for up-fit costs.

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Seal the Seasons is a local frozen produce company operating out of Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center. They offer locally grown, locally frozen fruits and vegetables in NC grocery stores, allowing consumers to eat local, all year round. Loan funds were used for working capital.

We would like to express thanks to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners for their continued support of existing and start-up businesses in Orange County.

Orange County Economic Development Staff Steve Brantley Director Yvonne Scarlett Business Retention Economic Developer Amanda Gardner Business Recruitment Economic Developer Mike Ortosky Agriculture Economic Developer


Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board The Advisory Board works cohesively with Orange County's Economic Development staff and other economic development partners to help market Orange County as a competitive location for the recruitment & retention of business ventures, new & expanding capital investment, the promotion of innovation start-up small businesses, support to agricultural & foods systems local businesses, and the expansion of new, high-technology employment opportunities that pay at or above a living wage.

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