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There are many things to consider and learn when developing a small business: regulations, laws, legalities, and more. Below are state and federal resources specific to small businesses that may help answer many of the questions that arise when starting up.

State Resources

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

If you need assistance starting a new business or raising funds for an existing business, the EDPNC is here to help. Do you need help deciding what type of business to register as? What about tax IDs and how to get them, training or hiring employees, and what permits do you need? EDPNC is here to help navigate and direct you on your path to having your own business.

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters to global customers, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Small Business and Technology Development Center

A business development service of The University of North Carolina system, the SBTDC’s technology counselors provide free, one-on-one business counseling to help emerging North Carolina-based businesses bring new technologies to market. The SBTDC also offers a business plan outline, free publications, and more.

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services • Food Program

Starting a food business in North Carolina.

Employment Security Commission of North Carolina

Business service information on taxes, employees, insurance, and more.

North Carolina Industrial Commission

Information for employers.

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Small business environmental assistance.

N.C. Association of Local Health Directors

List of local health departments and directors.

N.C. Department of Insurance

Insurance information for businesses.

N.C. Department of Labor

Sign up for a new business packet, information on OSHA, Wage and Hour, and more.

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles

Information on Commercial Trucking requirements.

N.C. Department of the Secretary of State

Information on a variety of topics – trademarks, corporations, tax credit programs, and more.

N.C. Department of Revenue

NC tax information for businesses.

Federal Resources

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Guidance on rules and regulations from the FDA.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Information on laws, regulations, marketing, trade, and more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Small farm/small business information.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Provides planners, services, tools, and local resources for small businesses.

U.S. Department of Commerce

Minority Business Development Agency

Bureau of Industry and Security – Export Administration

Economic Development Administration 

National Technical Information Service

Internal Revenue Service

Tax information for businesses.

Social Security Administration

Business services are available online.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Information on filing for patents and trademarks.

U.S. Copyright Office

Information on copyright law, licensing, and more.

U.S. Postal Service

Business services are available from the Postal Service. 

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Information on trade in developing countries. 

Private Resources

Where to start when forming an LLC

SimplifyLLC is an independent publication that provides free guides for small business owners. If you’re looking for business ideas and do-it-yourself guides on forming and operating an LLC, SimplifyLLC is your go-to resource for simple, legal-jargon-free information. Learn what you need to do to register your company in North Carolina.