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North Carolina

Recycling center gives small firms big help.

Recycling is big business for many entrepreneurs, and the state of North Carolina has created a Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) to help these companies in a variety of ways.

The center helps firms that use recycled material as well as recycling businesses that are looking to relocate to North Carolina. RBAC will also work with start-up or expanding firms by providing marketing and industry information for business plans.

The center helps link the business and recycling communities to facilitate access to financing and other business assistance. It also maintains a market database and a directory listing companies that provide recycling services and products. These firms encompass traditional recycling as well as industrial and organic waste.

While the center does not lend money to assist small recycling firms, it does keep abreast of various potential funding opportunities. One of these is a series of nationwide recycling investment forums where recycling firms present business plans to potential investors. To contact the RBAC, call (919) 715-6500.

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: National.

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