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Our Rowan, with its diversified economy, is home to a wide range of industries, including healthcare, 16.1%; manufacturing, 15.4%; and retail trade, 13.2%. The Your Rowan Business blog shares some of the many success stories of local businesses that have created culture, jobs, and a positive impact for Rowan County.  

Some 2,500 businesses are located in the county, including Fortune 500 and international companies such as Food Lion, Daimier Trucks North America LLC, Rowan Regional Medical Center, Gildan, Continental Structural Plastics, El Pharmaceutical Solutions, Dillard’s Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Swing Transport, Inc., Schult Homes, Henkel Corp., Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc., and Freshouse II, LLC.

Serving and advancing the business interests of our community is the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce

The Centralina Workforce Development Board and NCWorks Career Center are committed to partnerships that help our region’s businesses and workers become “competitive force in our global economy.”

Rowan County has a wide-array of original businesses that locals and visitors love to frequent. From restaurant favorites that have been featured on such programs as Food Paradise on the Travel Channel (Salty Caper) and Tar Heel Traveler (Hap’s Grill) , to mom-and-pop shops that offer exceptional customer service, there’s something for every taste and desire.

Residents of China Grove often frequent Bella’s Ales & Tails, a dog bar and popular karaoke hotspot. Just up from there on Main Street, there’s a cluster of quaint shops like Ritchie & Ritchie Home Emporium and Old Town Soap Co.

Salisburians often like to frequent the two downtown breweries, Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery and New Sarum Brewing Company. Downtown Salisbury also boasts a great selection of gift shops, boutiques, and a plethora of diverse restaurants.

Rowan County is home to three wineries, pick-your-own farms, fresh markets featuring local produce, one-of-a-kind retail stores, antique shops, and so much more! All of our main streets and towns are full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

The list of original businesses in Rowan County could go on and on. Come see it yourself, just know… you may not want to leave! Rowan County is the perfect place to call home and start a business. 


A Shift to Downtown Living

There’s no denying that this newly found focus of improving the downtown apartments and condos has increased over the past few years. This creates an amazing opportunity for people to make the shift to living downtown and truly experiencing Salisbury at its best. But what has caused this shift, and why should you even consider the idea of moving to an apartment downtown?

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Moving Forward with Forward Rowan

The Rowan County Economic Development Commission (EDC) recently launched a new initiative to promote growth and provide resources to existing businesses in Rowan County. This campaign, called Forward Rowan, is an aggressive five-year initiative that targets specific areas of economic development to increase prosperity, reduce poverty, and improve quality of life.

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