When starting a business, speak with those who have helped start thousands of them.
Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina.
Working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce, we offer one-on-one phone consultations to people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and small-business entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina. Our one-on-one phone consultations will answer your questions, and help you navigate topics like regulatory requirements, licensing stipulations, small-business training and more.
Get in touch with a BLNC business counselor
Call us, toll free at (800) 228-8443
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Business Planning Checklist
Create a business plan.
For any business, the first step is to turn your basic idea into a written, viable plan of action. A well-thought-out business plan is necessary for obtaining loans and is a model for your success.
Decide on your business structure and register your business name.
Be sure to carefully consider the management, structural and tax implications of your decision.
Get license requirements.
The State of North Carolina does not issue a single business license. Your business may be subject to state, city, county and/or federal requirements.
Call our Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) team at (800) 228-8443 or (919) 447-7828 to determine your state license needs.
Obtain the necessary tax information.
Taxation for small businesses may be simple or complex, depending on the size and structure of your business. The tax liability for each business will be different.
Consult your attorney and accountant regarding comprehensive tax planning.
Identify sources of financing.
We can provide you an overview of financial resources available for small business owners in North Carolina.
Learn about employer reporting requirements and responsibilities.
Learn more about how to register as an employer, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
- Consult with an accountant for bookkeeping and tax purposes.
- Obtain insurance.
- Review contracts with legal counsel.
- Review applicable regulations (OSHA, EPA, Labor, etc.).
- Register trademarks or patents.
- Develop policy and employee handbook.
- Join trade associations and chambers of commerce.