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Research Publications > Reports > Piedmont Community College: Partnering to Help Small Businesses


North Carolina’s community college system is a vital component of the state’s economic development strategy. With their unique knowledge of employer talent needs, these institutions are primary actors in the promotion of local economic growth and sustainable development. Using a combination of semi-structured interviews and focus group data, we assess how Piedmont Community College is following best practices in this area of policy. The college’s use of strategic partnerships and focus on small business development offer an example of innovative community development strategy.

Why This Matters

By themselves, community colleges account for up to 11% of total economic development at the county level. Through community-based partnerships, it may be possible to magnify that already significant impact. The initiatives explored in this case study offer a replicable model of best practices for collaborating with municipalities, local employers, and community non-profits.

Suggested Citation

McCall, Jamie. 2021. “Piedmont Community College: Partnering to Help Small Businesses.” Carolina Small Business Development Fund. Raleigh, NC. https://doi.org/10.46712/pcc.case.study.


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