How to Start Your Business

Division of Community and Small Business Development

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Starting a new business requires a great deal of preparation, from creating your business plan, to selecting your business site and everything in between.

Business owners face challenges that include: navigating the city permitting process, securing financing, deciding how and where to locate or expand, and addressing issues related to attracting and retaining quality employees. The resources below are designed to inform and empower new business owners to be successful.

Business Link North Carolina

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) offers a central source for consultations, information and referrals and is
just the help you need to tap into all the State has to offer.

BLNC counselors provide:

  • One-on-one client consultations at no cost
  • Customized licensing information
  • Employer and business structure forms
  • Referrals to State Agencies and State Occupational Licensing Boards, Local Governments & Federal Agencies
  • Contacts for Local, State & Federal business services, programs & resources
  • A Small Business Ombudsman to work on your behalf to resolve issues with State Government Agencies

Wake Tech Small Business Center

The Wake Tech Small Business Center (SBC) is a state- funded organization which is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina (SBCN). The SBC provides small business owners with information they need for starting or expanding a small business through confidential, one-on-one counseling along with various seminars, workshops, classes, and access to a resource library at zero cost to the participant.

Small Business & Technology Development Center

The SBTDC is North Carolina’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. They are a program of The University of North Carolina System, and partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. They also offer guides on how to start and fund your business. 

Business Start-Up & Resource Guide
This free downloadable publication has it all. Assess yourself to see if you have what it takes to be a business owner. Learn how to write a business plan people will read cover to cover. Find the legal structure best suited for you. Check out our list of state and federal resources, including local and state licenses/permits.

How to Fund Your Business Information
The Capital Opportunities for Small Business guide is a comprehensive financing resource describing all the funding options available to North Carolina companies and startups. This continuously updated 135-page guide also has contact information to learn more about each funding opportunity.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers loans, counseling sessions and other programs to support entrepreneurs. The SBA’s Business Plan Tool provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

SBA helps smallbusinesses through four programmatic functions:

  • Access to Capital (Business Financing)
    SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing from the smallest needs in microlending - to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
    SBA provides free individual face-to-face and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and U.S. territories.
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
    In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs and training.
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
    Created in 1978, the Advocacy Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small businesses. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.



Mark Weldon
Small Business Development Manager 

Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Small Business SupportCommunity and Small Business Development