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

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 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 BLNC business counselor

BLNC counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re submitting a request online, please allow 1-3 days for our team to respond to your request.

Start Your Business in NC: Here's the Process

Open for Business

Registration

Choose a name, choose a business structure, register your business.

Get business licenses

Business Licenses

Business licenses, occupational licenses, environmental permits, and zoning requirements

Employees

Employee withholding, the difference between employees and contractors, unemployment insurance, workers' comp.

Pay Taxes

Business Taxes

Learn which taxes are required, register to pay taxes.