In Wake Forest, North Carolina, entrepreneurs find both opportunity and success. Tune in to catch a glimpse of the entrepreneurial journey and learn how our community positions entrepreneurs to succeed.
The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership was recently honored with two Bronze awards for Excellence in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council. Winning these prestigious awards puts the Town of Wake Forest and its economic development initiatives on a pedestal for a diverse range of economic developers globally.
"For me, it was an easy decision… Wake Forest made good business sense. For one thing, the cost of doing business and… the culture of cooperation with small businesses here in Wake Forest.. then from a personal perspective, it was quality of life. It was a no-brainer.”
Stockbury Manor and PowerHouse Row, two high-end, mixed-use apartment projects, will break ground in downtown over the next several months adding new local retail and an abundance of housing options emphasizing access, culture, and strategic growth. Both developers considered several communities in Wake County, however, the strong population growth, vibrant community feeling of Wake Forest, and the character of the downtown made Wake Forest standout among the others
In April, the Board of Commissioners approved a two-year agreement that allows the dockless bicycle-sharing company, LimeBike, to offer bicycles for a fee anywhere inside the town limits. As part of the initiative, LimeBike has provided approximately 200 bright green-colored bicycles to Wake Forest and placed them in clusters in high traffic areas around town, including downtown and in parks and greenways.
As an entrepreneur, McWilliams has found Wake Forest, North Carolina, to be place where he can be both successful, and enjoy a great quality of life. Since launching his growing business, like many other start-ups and technology companies in the community, he has found a diverse pool of talent readily available in Wake Forest, where more than 50% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
“We found the land, the property here, and worked with the Town to develop the property and develop the industrial park that we are in today. They were very eager for us to work with them. It was just a great experience for both us and the town."