If you have big dreams, you've come to the right place.

EDPNC Small Business Advisors 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 entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina. We’re here to answer your questions, and help you navigate topics like regulatory requirements, licensing stipulations, small-business training and more.

Get in touch with a small business advisor
Call us, toll free at (800) 228-8443  or contact us online.
Small business advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re submitting a request online, please allow 1-3 days for our team to respond to your request.
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Re-register your business name before someone else does!
Did you register a business name with your County Register of Deeds before Dec. 1, 2017? (Are you a sole proprietor, general partnership, or are you doing business as another name under your existing LLC or Corporation?) If so, you can learn more about “Assumed Business Name Act” which reviews the new laws for ‘Doing Business As” or “Assumed Business Names”

Business Planning Checklist

  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    Decide on your business structure and register your business name.

    Be sure to carefully consider the management, structural and tax implications of your decision.

  • 3

    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 Small Business Advisor team at (800) 228-8443 to determine your state license needs.

  • 4

    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.

  • 5

    Identify sources of financing.

    We can provide you an overview of financial resources available for small business owners in North Carolina.

  • 6

    Learn about employer reporting requirements and responsibilities.

    Learn more about how to register as an employer, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.

Contact EDPNC Small Business Advisors

(800) 228-8443
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.