How to Start or Expand your Business Booklet
Rowan Works NC Business Tool Kit
Download the Starting a Small Business in NC Guide
Please also call your municipality to see if local licenses or permits are needed.
City of Salisbury
Rowan County Office Building/Register of Deeds
NC Department of Revenue (Business and Privilege License)
NC Secretary of State/ Register of Deeds
NC Business Link North Carolina ServiCenter
Customized licensing information, Referrals to State Agencies and State Occupational Licensing Boards, Local Governments & Federal Agencies. Call BLNC toll-free at 1-800-228-8443 or (919) 807-4280 Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. A Business Counselor will discuss your needs and help you find the appropriate resources to accomplish your goals.
NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
NC Department of Insurance Commission
North Carolina consumers can find helpful information about various types of insurance coverage, file complaints on-line and obtain copies of Department of Insurance publications.
Rowan County Tax Office
Internal Revenue Service
The Department’s online business registration allows you to electronically register for an account ID number.
NC Department of Revenue
NC Department of Commerce (formerly ESC)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
NC Department of Commerce
Small Business & Technology Development Center
Provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of their services are free of charge and all are confidential.
Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
Need Business Assistance from Local Resources?
1) Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center (RCCC)- www.rccc.edu, 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, (704) 637-0760 Have an idea for starting a small business and just don’t know how to get started? Are you in the process of writing a business plan and need someone to review your progress? Confused as to the proper entity you should be or just want to kick some ideas around and get feedback? The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is part of the Community College System's Statewide Small Business Center Network. Business counseling is available by appointment to assist with business plan preparation and for advice on accounting and record-keeping, sales and marketing, business start-up, business regulations, and more.
One day a month a representative of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers a free one hour business counseling session at the Chamber. Appointments can be made through the Chamber of Commerce (704-633-4221) or through the Small Business Center at RCCC by calling 704-216-7213 (for appointments in Concord).
The Center provides assistance to potential and existing small business owners in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties as follows: Access to one of the area's most comprehensive library collections of technical and business-related references, Workshops and seminars on how to plan and operate a small business effectively, Access to expert faculty and credit courses in entrepreneurship and business administration, Internet access and courses in computer applications and Small Business Administration documents.
2) University of North Carolina at Charlotte Small Business and Technology Development Center(SBTDC) provides in-depth management counseling and education services designed to help business owners make better decisions in achieving their business goals.
Counselors are experienced and knowledgeable advisors that work with businesses, providing information, guidance and feedback to entrepreneurs. Counseling includes assistance in financial planning, human resources, operations, business and strategic planning, feasibility assessment, advertising and marketing. Basic counseling services are provided at no charge, as they are funded in part with federal and state tax dollars. Their Procurement Technical Assistance Center can also help you with a free counseling session on doing business with state & federal government and potential funding by Angel Investors. Counselors are available to meet with clients at the Charlotte Regional Center or at your business. Meetings are scheduled by appointment by calling 704-548-1090 or 919-807-4533, 704-548-1090 x 3346.
3) Catawba College - www.catawba.edu, 2300 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, 704-637-4111-Catawba College’s Corriher Linn Black Library has one of the areas largest collections of business related resources. The Ketner School of Business offers free business counseling services to students and residents alike.
4) Livingstone College - www.livingstone.edu, 701 W. Monroe Street, Salisbury, 704-216-6000, The library at Livingstone College has business related periodicals and business reference materials.
5) Rowan Public Library (RPL) is a three branch library system with branches in Salisbury, Rockwell and Landis. One of the area's largest collections of business related reference and circulating materials are located at library headquarters in Salisbury. Headquarters is located 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury -704-216-8228 and the two other locations are S. Branch at 920 Kimball Rd., China Grove- 704-216-7727 and 110 Broad St., Rockwell, 704-216-7838. Business related materials at RPL include reference materials and books for check-out, electronic databases, business journals, audio books, and videos. These materials cover a broad range of business related subject areas including business directories, management, corporation records, financial reports, stock information, accounting, business correspondence, statistics, buyer’s guides, marketing, tax and legal information, planning and proposal writing, small business startup, and much, much more. The library also provides access to Pro-Net (SBA’s Procurement Marketing and Access Network), NCLIVE, and offers Internet and E-mail classes on a regular basis. They also offer workstations on a reservation or first come-first serve basis with productivity applications.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce is the state’s main agency for economic development.
Recruitment is supported by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), which provides counseling and technical assistance to businesses. Their business ServiCenter is a statewide centralized clearinghouse for NC entrepreneurs and business owners to information on services, programs, resources, technical assistance, state business license and regulatory information and potential sources of capital. The ServiCenter staff provides individualized one-on-one consultations to answer questions, resolve issues, identify and make referrals to appropriate local, regional and statewide service providers. They assist potential business owners navigate through the start-up process and provide all forms, applications and guidelines for state requirements to do business in NC. They work with existing businesses to provide information and referrals to relevant programs and service providers to help them through challenging problems & issues as well as growth and expansion. Call them for a FREE telephone consultation or for more information: www.nccommerce.comBusinessServices/StartYourBusiness, 919-715-2850.
The North Carolina Department of Revenue provides information for both the general public and tax practitioners on individual, corporate, property and sale/use taxes. Tax Forms and Publications can be browsed and downloaded.
North Carolina Department of Insurance provides information on employer and patient obligations and rights.
NC Investment Tax Credit Program, NC Dept. Secretary of State Securities Division 919-733-3924, (Provides a credit against state taxes for investments in qualified business ventures, grantee businesses and NC Enterprise Corporations.)
NC State Demographics/State Data Center Geographic Information Analysis- 919-733-4131
Business Link North Carolina! www.blnc.gov. BLNC, or 'blink,' is your starting point to access an extensive network of experts who can help your business succeed, whether your company is on the Fortune 500 list - or in its start-up phase. Most services, provided by statewide, state-supported agencies, are available FREE of charge; others such as workshops and courses may require a small fee. To access services in North Carolina, call BLNC toll-free, 1-800-228-8443, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UNCC Charlotte Ben Craig Center Venture Development, Charlotte, 704-548-9113. The Ben Craig Center is a non-profit corporation affiliated with UNCC providing incubation facilities, training programs and advisory services for the region’s small businesses.
Business Innovation and Growth Council (BIG): www.bigcouncil.com.BIG is a membership organization and it's vision, supported by Inc. Magazine, is to create an intimate community of successful high growth entrepreneurs (targeting CEOS, founders and executive level in the Charlotte and regional areas) who share similar challenges; learn best practices for fast growth companies and benefit from a meaningful and rewarding peer to peer exchange. Events include expert speakers on raising capital, Angel Investors and social media strategies.
Interested in obtaining financing by Angel Investors? Call for FREE counseling from University of North Carolina at Charlotte Small Business and Technology Development Center. Counselors are available to meet with clients at the Charlotte Regional Center or at your business. Meetings are scheduled by appointment by calling 704-548-1090 or 919-807-4533, 704-548-1090 x 3346.
Angel Investors, funded by the Kaufman Foundation is a program designed to help Angel Investors (high net worth value) with or without angel investment. Private seminars are offered for experienced or potential investors in a 'protected environment' without solicitations from service providers and entrepreneurs looking for financing at many institutions.
Inception MicroAngel Fund (IMAF)- www.imafcharlotte.com is a member-managed angel capital fund. The fund seeks to involve a base of successful investors from a wide variety of professional fields. It enhances wealth creation of its members by investing dollars as well as time and relationships in early stage, high quality, and high growth companies in order that those companies achieve success. Please check into each IMAF to determine its specific location needs. IMAF Family of Seed Stage Funds effectively targets technology-based companies at their earliest stage of funding. The investment program coupled with extensive mentoring, counseling and education assists in guiding the company through successful development while positioning them to attract additional funding from larger angel and/or venture capital groups such as Source Capital. The model is a committed, member-managed angel capital fund designed to take advantage of the growth in entrepreneurial activity and venture financing in North Carolina. IMAF Charlotte investing primarily in the North Carolina Research Campus and southern region of North Carolina. It is a part of North Carolina’s Family of Funds and seeks to invest both dollars and time in seed stage, high growth companies and spin outs from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro and the greater Charlotte area.. IMAF Triad invests in the Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina from Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro, NC School of the Arts, WSSU and N.C. A&T State University- www.imaftriad.com.
BEFCOR- www.befcor.com is a nonprofit organization which markets, underwrites and services SBA 504 loans for owner-occupied businesses in N.C. They partner with private commercial lenders to finance up to 90% for commercial real estate and other fixed assets. Befcor was designed as a Certified Development Company (CDC) by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small Business Administration Business Startup Guide
Call the Chamber for free Financial and Business Planning Counseling at 704-633-4221.
Palo Alto Software, free business plan samples and links www.bplans.com
www.Annualcreditreport.com- free annual credit report of all three agencies once a year
Consumer Protection Agency www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm- Report inaccuracies on credit report including sample dispute letter
Credit Reports & Scoring www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/credit/reports.shtm
Scoring and payments ftc.gov/credit
Business Statistics www.BIZSTATS.COM
NC Dept of Commerce www.bls.gov/
U.S. Census Bureau www.CENSUS.GOV
Employee Benefits Research Institute www.ebri.org
Employment Laws- interactive advice & info on the latest regulatory laws www.dol.gov/elaws
Equal Employment Opportunity, Office of www.gsa.gov/eeo
Hiring Toolkit HR Internet Guide
National Employee Benefits www.benefitslink.com
Occupational Information Network (O*Net) www.onetcenter.org
Occupational Information Network (Spanish Translation) www.onetcenter.org/db_spanish.html
Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov
Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov
National Climatic Data Center www.ncdc.noaa.gov
Small Business Administration www.sba.gov/
US Dept. of Commerce www.commerce.gov/
US Government Online Gateway www.fedworld.gov
US Securities & Exchange Commission www.sec.gov
Financing/Funding/ Grants/ Loans
Business Innovation and Growth Council (BIG) www.bigcouncil.com
NC Commerce: Community Development Block Grants
North Carolina Biotechnology Center www.ncbiotech.org
N. C. Rural Economic Development Center www.ncruralcenter.org/
Rowan County Incentives- call Rowan Works 704-637-5526
Thrive NC www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial
Downtown Salisbury Inc. www.downtownsalisburync.com
Rowan Works-Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission www.rowanworks.com
IBM Patent Server www.ibm.com/ibm/licensing
Institute of Government- summary of legislative bills by topic and NC leg. activity www.sog.unc.edu/
NC General Assembly www.ncga.state.nc.us
NC STEM www.ncstem.org
Patent Search System www.ibiblio.org/patents
Questions forum www.asktheinventors.com
US Patent & Trademark Office www.uspto.gov
Your online free counselor www.AskJim.biz
Hill Business Library www.bizinfolibrary.org
SME Toolkit www.smetoolkit.org/smetoolkit/en
Domain name complaints www.internic.net
Score FREE 60-Second Guides
Chamber's Business Show is in the spring each year, call for details 704-633-4221
Women & Minority
American Association of University Women (AAUW) www.aauw.org
League of Women Voters www.lwv.org
National Association of Women Business Owners www.nawbo.org
National Foundation for Women Business Owners www.nfwbo.org/
Women's Social Network www.SavorTheSuccess.com