The Easley Administration is giving entrepreneurial development a boost.

Seven communities will receive a combined $2.25 million in grants through the state’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entreprenurial Incubator Provisional Grants program, according to Gov. Mike Easley. The funds will be used to purchase telecommunication equipment and to build or renovate buildings for newly formed small businesses in rural areas.

“More and more rural leaders are recognizing that homegrown jobs are the key to local prosperity,” Easley said. “These funds will help create business opportunities in small communities throughout our state.”

The grants were awarded to the following communities:

  • Ashe County: $260,700

  • Bladen County: $400,000

  • Kinston: $210,800

  • Transylvania County: $400,000

  • Wadesboro: $400,000

  • Wilson: $355,000

  • Yancey County: $223,500
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