All Business Resources

Looking for a local Business resource near you, check out our Local-Regional Business Resources page. Not sure where to begin, call the Small Business Advisors at EDPNC at (800)228-8443. This team is an extension of NC Dept of Commerce and provide a FREE SERVICE (paid by tax dollars) to help people who want to start/expand a business or have a general business question in NC.

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Business Plan Business Plan Developing your own business plan will enable you to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) that exist for your business success.Small Business Center Network (SBCN) can help you with this.
Business Plan Need help with your Business Plan Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) counselors can help you with your Business Plan. If you are considering starting a business, but not sure where to begin, reach out to SBTDC counselors to guide you through the process.
Business Plan SBTDC can help in developing a Business Plan SBTDC has put together a list of websites, templates and tools to help you write and develop your business plan.
Business Plan SBCN can help in developing a Business Plan Business Plan is essential and critical for owning and operating a successful and profitable business. SBCN has put together guides on how to write a Business Plan.
Close Your Business Dissolving your Business If you are closing shop in North Carolina, you need to follow some steps.
Co-working space Incubator Space The Entrepreneurship Hub offers economical Flex Cubicles or Private Office Spaces.
Expand your Business Selling to the Government Through the North Carolina Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP), SBTDC educates business associates on how to obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government agencies.
Expand your Business Government Contracting Opportunities The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) connects North Carolina firms to current government contracting opportunities in two ways – with a team of business development specialists across the state who also provide technical services, and electronically with www.MatchForce.org.
Expand your Business Need assistance with International Business Development including Exporting SBTDC’s International Business Development team of Certified Global Business Professionals assists business owners and their mangers with trusted advice on global business management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance.
Expand your Business International Opportunities The Entrepreneruship Hub can assist you with International Opportunities for your Business.
Expand your Business Labor Management The Entrepreneruship Hub can assist you with Labor Management.
Financing your Business SBCN can guide you with Funding Opportunities Small Business Center Network (SBCN) provides some very good resources for you to review as you start determining how you might want to finance your business.
Financing your Business SBTDC can guide you with Funding opportunities The Small Business & Technology Development Center SBTDC’s Capital Opportunities for Small Businesses provides information about financial resources available to small businesses in North Carolina.
Financing your Business Private Equity Initiatives Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides counseling assistance to growth companies seeking equity capital, offers educational programs for both qualified investors and growth company entrepreneurs, works with angel and venture capital funds, and serves as a statewide resource and connection to private equity investment and funding opportunities.
Financing your Business Technology related Funding Federal funding opportunity to support research and development projects through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBTDC can help you navigate these grant programs.
Financing your Business Start-up Costs How much money will it take to start your small business? Calculate the startup costs for your small business so you can request funding, attract investors, and estimate when you’ll turn a profit.
Financing your Business Entrpreneurship Hub can guide you with Funding opportunities The Entrepreneurship Hub provides information about financial resources available to small businesses in North Carolina.
Financing your Business Certfied CDFIs Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) specialize in financing to underserved communities and businesses — including nonprofits. If you’re located in a low-income or rural area, or you’re a member of a historically disadvantaged group, you might be able to get approved for more competitive terms with these lenders than elsewhere.
Financing your Business Seed Fund Grants for Innovation/Research The One NC Small Business Program is North Carolina’s seed fund for innovative companies creating and bringing to market new technologies
Financing your Business SBTDC can provide referrals to Lenders or other Professionals SBTDC Counselors can provide referrals to Lenders or other Professionals
Financing your Business SBCN can provide referrals to Lenders or other Professionals? Small Business Center Counselors can provide referrals to Lenders or other Professionals
Financing your Business How to choose the right bank? SBTDC Counselors can help guide you in choosing the right bank for your Business.
Financing your Business Need assistance with preparing for and analyzing Funding Sources, In-depth Financial Analysis? Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) counselors can work with you to perform a quick, no-cost financial analysis of your business. They can provide practical advice and solutions to improve your financial situation.
Financing your Business Need assistance with preparing for and analyzing Funding Sources? Small Business Centers provide local, confidential, experienced counselors as advisors for new and existing businesses at no-cost to you. They can work with you to perform a quick, no-cost financial analysis of your business. They can provide practical advice and solutions to improve your financial situation.
Financing your Business Register for Crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a way to solicit money from a large number of people and is usually done through the Internet. There are different kinds of crowdfunding. Under the NC PACES Act, NC Department of Secretary of State regulates the kind of crowdfunding related to securities.
Financing your Business Need Grants for expanding your business in NC? EDPNC Small Business Advisors can help determine if you are eligible.
Financing your Business Register Public Sale of a Company Stock You need to register with the NC Department of the Secretary of State
Free Counseling EDPNC Small Business Advisors The Small Business Advisors at Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) help businesses large and small succeed in North Carolina. This team is an extension of NC Dept of Commerce and provide a FREE SERVICE (paid by tax dollars) to help people who want to start/expand a business or have a general business question in NC.
Free Counseling Confidential Business Counseling Small Business Centers provide free local, confidential, experienced counselors as advisors for new and existing businesses on a variety of topics such as Business Plan Development, Sources of Capital and Loan Preparation, Management and Human Resources Guidance, Marketing Assistance, Biotechnology-related Business Questions, International Trade, Government Procurement
Free Counseling Counseling on International Business Development and Export Small Business & Technology Development Center SBTDC’s International Business Development team of Certified Global Business Professionals assists business owners and their mangers with trusted advice on global business management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade finance.
Free Counseling Counseling on Business & Management Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) business counselors combine real-life business experience with industry expertise, education, and advanced training. All of this is designed so that you can make the best decisions possible for your business.
Free Counseling Counseling on Government Contracting Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP) educates business associates on how to obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government agencies.
Free Counseling Counseling on Accelerating Technology to Market The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.
Free Counseling Counseling on Financial Analysis Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) counselors can work with you to perform a quick, no-cost financial analysis of your business. They can provide practical advice and solutions to improve your financial situation.
Free Counseling Meet with an Advisor at UNC Pembroke Are you an innovator with a dream or a small business that needs help? You can schedule a session with an Advisor at UNC Pembroke.
Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Guide Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has developed an Intellectual Property Guide to help small businesses and inventors in the development of their inventions and in the maintenance of their intellectual property rights.
Intellectual Property How to Register for a Trademark or a Service Mark Learn how you can protect your intellectual property by registering for a Trademark or Service Mark in North Carolina.
Intellectual Property Questions about protecting your Trade Secrets View our Frequently Asked Questions on protecting your intellectual property in North Carolina.
Intellectual Property Is your intellectual property protectable? Our advisors at the Entrpreneurship Hub can work with you to determine if your intellectual property is protectable.
Legal Considerations Choose a Business Structure This resource from the Secretary of State's office provides the most popular types of business entities formed in North Carolina. Find out more about the structure, formation and tax requirements for Business Corporations, Nonprofits, LLCs, Partnerships and Professional Entities.
Legal Considerations Want to start a business, but not sure where to begin The way your business is structured affects taxation, legal and financial liability as well as decision-making authority. Before selecting a business structure, consult your attorney and/or accountant as each structure carries with it unique legal and tax consequences.
Legal Considerations Do you need Licenses or Permits? North Carolina has no single generic business license that will ensure compliance with all requirements. Some businesses may be subject to several state requirements while others may not be subject to any. For questions about which license or permit your business needs, call EDPNC Small Business Advisors at 1-800-228-8443
Legal Considerations Business Licenses and Permits NC BOLD lists all of the business licenses, professional licenses, and privilege licenses required to do business in the State of North Carolina.
Legal Considerations Business Taxes Small business taxes and employer requirements can be simple or complex depending on the size and structure of your business. In addition, specific tax liability for each type of business is different. We have information on: Sales & Use Tax, Privilege License Tax, State & Local Tax, State Withholding Taxes, Federal Taxes
Legal Considerations Unemployment Insurance Tax Are you required to pay Unemployment Insurance Tax? Check out the North Carolina Division of Employment Security page to find out more.
Legal Considerations Sales and Use Tax Who Should Register for Sales and Use Tax? Check out the North Carolina Department of Revenue Page to find out more.
Legal Considerations How to file Sales and Use Tax North Carolina Department of Revenue provides tutorial videos on how to complete the most common sales & use tax forms and how to register for a sales & use account.
Legal Considerations Does Privilege License Tax apply to My Business? State privilege license taxes are imposed for the privilege of carrying on the business, exercising the privilege or doing the act named in Article 2, Schedule B of the Revenue Laws of North Carolina. These privilege license taxes are in addition to any regulatory or qualification requirements to engage in the practice of a profession, business or trade.
Legal Considerations Application for State Privilege License Complete the B-202A Form to apply for North Carolina State Privilege License.
Legal Considerations How to Apply for Income Tax Withholding Watch a Video on how you can apply for Income Tax Withholding with NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR).
Legal Considerations How to Apply for Sales and Use Tax Watch a Video on how you can apply for Sales & Use Tax with NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR).
Legal Considerations Register with NC DOR to Pay Income Tax Withholding NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) online business registration allows you to electronically register for an account ID number for income tax withholding, sales and use tax, and other taxes and Service Charge instead of submitting Form NC-BR.
Legal Considerations Register with NC DOR to Pay Sales and Use Tax NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) online business registration allows you to electronically register for an account ID number for income tax withholding, sales and use tax, and other taxes and Service Charge instead of submitting Form NC-BR.
Legal Considerations Application for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) You can apply for and obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) through the IRS website.
Legal Considerations Do I need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Determine if you require an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Legal Considerations Franchise Tax Information Check this page from NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) on Franchise Tax Information.
Legal Considerations Workers' Compensation Are you required to carry Workers' Compensation Insurance? Check out the North Carolina Industrial Commission's page to find out more.
Legal Considerations Employment Eligibility Verification All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States.
Legal Considerations Identify the OSHA Standards that Apply to your business NC Department of Labor (NCDOL) helps the employer determine which Occupational Safety and Health Standards apply to them as it pertains to recordkeeping, general industry, construction, agriculture, shipyard employment (public sector) and marine terminals (public sector). This includes North Carolina state-specific standards.
Legal Considerations Employer Responsibilities Businesses in North Carolina are required to post the labor law poster in a conspicuous area that employees frequent, learn about Youth Employment rules, learn about Wage and Hour Administrative Rules.
Legal Considerations Do ADA Regulations Apply to your business? Contact the Small Business Advisors at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) helpline.
Legal Considerations Do Environmental Regulations Apply to your business? Contact the Small Business Advisors at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) helpline.
Legal Considerations Environmental Rules and Regulations NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lists all rules and regulations for Air Quality, Coastal Management, Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, Mining, Marine Fisheries, Waste Management, Water Resources.
Legal Considerations Franchising Resources SBTDC has put together a list of websites that provide more information about franchises and franchising opportunities. For additional information, feasibility studies, or detailed market research and analysis, contact your regional SBTDC office.
Legal Considerations Is Franchising right for you? SBCN has put together a list of websites to assist you more information about franchises and franchising opportunities. For additional information, feasibility studies, or detailed market research and analysis, contact SBCN counselors.
Legal Considerations Federal Taxes The form of business you operate determines what Federal taxes you must pay and how you pay them. The following are the five general types of business taxes: Income Tax, Estimated Taxes, Self-Employment Tax, Employment Taxes and Excise Tax.
Maintain your Business How to file a Business Corporation Annual Report online? Video Tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on how to file an Annual Report electronically with the NC Department of the Secretary of State.
Maintain your Business How to file a LLC Annual Report online? Video Tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on how to file an Annual Report electronically with the NC Department of the Secretary of State.
Maintain your Business File your Annual Report Online Businesses in North Carolina are required to file their Annual Report with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.
Manage Your Business Leadership and Employee Performance Are your employees and managers as efficient and productive as they should be? The SBTDC has the experience and tool sets to help you.
Market Research SBCN offers Market Research services To run a successful business it is critical to have a thorough understanding of your market. Small Business Center Network (SBCN) helps you understand: Who are my Customers? Who are my Competitors? What are the trends within the industry? SBCN can help you with your Marketing Plan.
Market Research SBTDC offers Marketing & Research Services The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has an experienced team of marketing analysts to help your business grow through better data and analysis. SBTDC can help you with your Marketing Plan.
Market Research Marketing Plan SBTDC has put together a Marketing Plan worksheet to guide you through the writing and organization of an effective marketing plan
Prototyping Create Prototypes and Proof of Concepts The Entrepreneurship Hub's Maker’s Space gives entrepreneurs a unique opportunity for business simulation and to create prototypes so they can “Fail Fast Fail Cheap” and optimize their idea for consumers, investors and manufacturers.
Register your Business Is the Business Name Available? Search your Business Name in the NC Secretary of State Business Registry, to determine if it is available for you to use.
Register your Business Am I required to Register my Business Entity? Business Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Partnerships (LP), Limited Liability Partnerships(LLP or RLLP), and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLP) are required to register with the NC Secretary of State’s Office prior to conducting business in North Carolina. For Sole Proprietorship or General Partnership, you may have to file an assumed name certificate with the Register of Deeds Office in the county where your principal office is located.
Register your Business How to Register your Business Entity in North Carolina? Video Tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions on filing a Business Creation form electronically with the NC Department of the Secretary of State.
Register your Business Questions about Doing Business As (DBA)? Doing Business As (DBA) Form is also known as Assumed Business Name Form. If you decide to use a DBA name that differs from the legal name of your business, check with the Register of Deeds in the county where your business is located to learn whether you need to register your DBA with their office. For questions about DBA form, call EDPNC Small Business Advisors at 1-800-228-8443
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events SBCN offers Business Seminars and Workshops Small Business Centers offer year round a wide variety of free seminars and workshops to help small businesses be successful. Some of the topics include: How to Start a Business, How to write a Business Plan, Financing Your Business, Bookkeeping and Taxes, Marketing for Success
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events SBTDC offers Online Training for Businesses Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) offers free online training to help small businesses be successful. Some of the topics include: Pre-Venture Training Series, SBIR/STTR Grant eligibility and proposal process Training, Government Contracting, Safety and Health Management, Small Business Tax workshop.
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events SBTDC offers Business Seminars and Training Events Check out upcoming free seminars and workshops offered by Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) to help small businesses be successful. Some of the popular topics include: Business and Income Tax Seminars, Think like a Lender, Kickstart your business in 4 weeks, Supply Chain Management
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events NC DOR offers Business and Income Tax Seminars and Training Events Check out upcoming events and webinars offered by NC Department of Revenue (NC DOR) that include topics like Business Tax essentials, Withholding Tax basics, Sales & Use Tax Basics, Privilege License Tax Webinar.
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events Entrepreneurship Hub offers Business Seminars and Training Events Check out upcoming events and webinars offered by Entrepreneurship Hub that include topics like Kickstart your Business in 4 weeks, Time Management for Small Business Owners, How to Finance your Small Business, Marketing your Business with Social Media, Basics of Bookkeeping.
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events Occupational Safety and Health Training Schedule View and register for upcoming Occupational Health & Safety training events offered by NC Department of Labor (NC DOL)
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events Events at the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub Find entrepreneurship events, programs, and seminars at The Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub. We offer a broad range of opportunities to develop your start-up and the southeast North Carolina ecosystem.
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events Taking the Leap – Kickstart Your Business in 4 Weeks SBTDC offers this FREE Startup Accelerator Program. Participants will learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business, and marketing a business. You’ll work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success!
Trainings, Seminars, Workshops & Events Entrepreneurship Training Entrepreneurship Training is available at all SBCN locations across the state of North Carolina. SBCN also provides events such as “REAL Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship” and “How to Start a Business".
Validate your Idea Vet your Business Idea The Entrepreneurship Hub offers a 5-week Jumpstart program that helps entrepreneurs develop their raw ideas into a well-developed, fully vetted and validated business plan.
Hiring Post Jobs, Recruit Candidates NCWorks.gov is North Carolina’s official, free job search website that gives employers the ability to search for candidates, post job listings, review potential candidates, find and review resumes, track applicants, and access labor market data
Hiring Hiring Youth ages 14-17 Understand Youth Employment Rules
Hiring Grants available to Employers A skilled workforce is essential to growing our economy and attracting more jobs. North Carolina supports workforce development through a variety of grant programs that benefit workers, employers and communities.
Hiring Hiring people with Disabilities Employers can partner with Vocational Rehabilitation to identify qualified, job-ready candidates in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties at no cost.
Hiring Tax credit for employers The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from eligible target groups who are qualified for positions but face significant barriers to employment.
Hiring Employees vs. Independent Contractors IRS points out that it is important to understand significant differences between employees vs. independent contractors.
Hiring Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for Disabled Access Credit, Work Opportunity Tax Credit, etc.
Hiring Data on Wages by Area and Occupation U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled data to help employers determine salaries and wages for various occupations for the nation as well as the state level.
Hiring Reporting New Hires Federal and state law requires employers to report newly hired and re-hired employees in North Carolina to the North Carolina New Hire Directory.
Hiring Registered apprenticeship Registered apprenticeship is a training program designed to meet the needs of the employer by providing the employee with structured on-the-job learning, related instruction and a progressive wage scale. Registered apprentices earn state and national credentials certifying their skills. In many cases, the employer may receive grant funding to pay for training expenses.
Counseling Get Free Advice from Business Experts SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.