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7 Reasons to Locate Your US Subsidiary’s Headquarters in North Carolina

If your company is ready to expand from Europe to the United States, determining where to locate your US subsidiary’s headquarters is a very important first step. With 50 individual states in the US, you have a lot of potential headquarter locations to choose from. Here are 7 reasons why you will want to locate your US subsidiary’s headquarters in the state of North Carolina:

1. Business Friendly Environment
North Carolina’s state government is very business friendly and promotes a low regulatory climate. It also has the lowest corporate tax rate in the United States (2.5%). North Carolina has been ranked The Best State for Business by Forbes, The #1 Best State for Business by CNBC, and the Top State for Business Climate by Site Selection Magazine. North Carolina has even established the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina to recruit foreign corporations to the state and help new companies get started. Hundreds of European companies have already opened operations in North Carolina to take advantage of the state’s business friendly environment.

2. Highly Educated Workforce
North Carolina has 53 colleges and universities, including 3 Tier 1 Research Universities: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. More than 29,000 students earn STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) annually from higher education institutions across the state. In North Carolina you'll have local access to the highly educated and motivated talent pipeline needed to fuel your company's innovation and growth today and into the future.

3. Strong Startup Community & Ecosystem
North Carolina has one of the most robust startup ecosystems in the US. During 2021, 222 venture funded companies in North Carolina raised over $4.6B in funding. There are several active North Carolina based venture capital funds including Co-Founders Capital, Bull City Venture Partners, and Idea Fund Partners plus multiple angel investment groups. There is also a multitude of organizations to support North Carolina startups including law firms, CPA firms, banks and co-working spaces like the American Underground in downtown Durham, The Frontier in Research Triangle Park, and Tabbris in Charlotte’s Southend District.

4. Leading Tech Brands Call North Carolina Home
Many of the leading brands in the technology industry call North Carolina home. Red Hat, Epic Games, SAS, Lenovo (North America), and CREE all have their companies headquartered in North Carolina. Apple, Google, Cisco, IBM, Citrix, and Microsoft also have major campuses in North Carolina. If your technology company wants to sell to or partner with these tech brands, having your office in North Carolina can give you the proximity and access you’ll need. These brands also employee thousands of the best and brightest minds in the technology industry right here in our state, expanding the pool of potential candidates you can hire for your company.

5. Home to Headquarters locations for 13 of the Fortune 500 Companies
Many of the top companies in the United States are headquartered in North Carolina, including 13 of the Fortune 500 companies. These are just a few of the companies headquartered in North Carolina: Bank of America, Lowe’s, Honeywell, Truist Financial, Duke Energy, Nucor, Lab Corp, IQVIA, Advance Auto Parts, Sonic Automotive, Brighthouse Financial, CommScope, and Hanesbrands. These highly sought-after companies chose North Carolina as their headquarters to take advantage of the access to high quality talent, low taxes, an ideal location and a high quality, low cost of living for their employees.

6. Ideal Location for International Business
North Carolina is the ideal location for a US headquarters for a European company given it’s time zone and geography. North Carolina is located on the Eastern Coast of the US, operates on the Eastern Time Zone and is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5). Companies based in North Carolina have several hours of operating overlap with Europe and all three time zones in the US, providing a large window for sales and support related calls and meetings. There are 4 international airports in North Carolina making for easy to travel to and from Europe and for easy travel within the United States. North Carolina is centrally located almost equidistant between New York City and Orlando, Florida. Direct flight from Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) airport to New York LaGuardia (LGA) take 1.5 hours, direct flights from RDU to Atlanta Hartsfield Douglas (ATL) take 1.5 hours, and direct flights from RDU to San Francisco (SFO) take 6 hours.

7. North Carolina Quality of Living
The quality of living in North Carolina is hard to beat! The geography in North Carolina is diverse as it is beautiful from the Blue Ridge Mountains to over 322 miles of ocean shoreline. North Carolina is home to 13 national parks and 34 state parks providing plenty of space for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, rock climbing, and picnicking. The costs of housing, transportation, food, and healthcare are all below the national averages. North Carolina residents enjoy a wide range of sporting events including the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, top tier college athletics, and access to some of the best golf courses in the world. Beer! North Carolina also boasts the largest number of craft breweries and brewpubs in the American South, with more than 380 breweries and brewpubs in the state. The outstanding quality of life in North Carolina is a constant draw for the top talent and top companies in the US.

Whether it's the business friendly environment, highly educated workforce, startup ecosystem, proximity to Fortune 500 companies, location, or quality of life, North Carolina is the ideal place to locate your US subsidiary's headquarters. Check out this blog post if you're interested in the steps to open a subsidiary in the US or feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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