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About Us

Welcome to Olive Hill Economic Development Corporation! As a nonprofit counseling agency, we are dedicated to empowering individuals and families to attain financial stability. Our specialized counseling services are tailored to assist with personal finance management for various purposes, including homeownership, personal development, and entrepreneurship. Our counselors collaborate closely with clients to understand their financial aspirations and create personalized plans to help achieve them. Our primary goal is to equip clients with the skills, knowledge, and confidence essential for financial success and to thrive in our community, whether it's becoming homeowners, preserving their homes from foreclosure, or establishing thriving small businesses.


828-475-4620 Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

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Beverly Carlton
Executive Director

Winston Hill

Board Chairman

Leslie Kern

Ebony J Hill

Anthony Radcliff

Charlita Lytle



'Empowering marginalized residents to succeed in today's economy through advocacy, counseling and education' by providing resources, support, and information to help individuals gain confidence, skills, and the ability to make informed decisions that positively impact their lives. 


We are committed to addressing the needs related to housing, employment, and business development for marginalized individuals and families

Through these actions, we purpose to enable participants to take control of their circumstances, unlock their potential, and achieve personal growth and success.


Olive Hill CEDC envisions a thriving, inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to prosper, businesses can grow and innovate, and the local economy is strong and sustainable.


1. Community Empowerment: We believe in empowering our community members by providing resources, support, and opportunities for growth and development.

2. Collaboration: We value collaboration and partnership with individuals, businesses, and organizations to foster a unified and interconnected community.

3. Integrity: We are committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and transparency in all our interactions and operations.

4. Innovation: We embrace innovation and creativity to drive economic prosperity, attract investment, and create a dynamic and forward-thinking community.

5. Inclusivity: We are dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that celebrates the unique contributions of all community members.

6. Sustainability: We are committed to promoting sustainable practices and initiatives that contribute to the long-term health and prosperity of our target area residents.


Impacts 2005 - 2023

Our Story

Since 1998, Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation (OHCEDC) has served as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit agency, deeply rooted in community support. Over the years, OHCEDC has been dedicated to helping individuals achieve their small business, financial, and housing goals. By providing comprehensive support in homeowner and financial education, as well as business education, counseling, and advocacy, OHCEDC has empowered countless individuals to overcome crises, afford basic needs, improve money management skills, and make sound financial choices that align with their values. Our commitment is unwavering, and our mission centers on fostering financial resilience and enabling individuals to thrive in their personal and professional endeavors.


At OHCEDC, we are steadfast in our commitment to building authentic relationships with individuals who have been negatively impacted by an industry with a history of systemic discrimination and biased policies, processes, and programs. We recognize the importance of addressing these inequities and have taken intentional steps to educate ourselves, connect more deeply with impacted communities, and create impactful programs tailored to their needs. We hold ourselves accountable by monitoring outcomes and continuously striving to uphold our commitment to this work.

Who We Serve

We take great pride in serving a diverse group of individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds. Our services are designed to support minorities, disenfranchised candidates for re-entry, the unemployed/underemployed, and anyone whose income falls at or below federal poverty guidelines. Specifically, our targeted area of service includes Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and McDowell Counties of North Carolina. These counties have demonstrated a clear need for innovative economic development due to factors such as the demand for affordable housing, inadequate existing rental housing conditions, job loss, and the need for small enterprise development.


At OHCEDC, we aim to assist and make a positive impact in our community.


Allow us to guide you towards achieving your goals!


Charitable Solicitation License

NC Solicitation License

IRS EIN 31-1639629

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