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

The State of North Carolina offers a free information and referral service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina.

Known as the Small Business Advisors team, this group offers you one-on-one phone consultations if you're interested in starting a business, if you're a small business owner in need of general support, or you're an entrepreneur interested in moving to North Carolina. Find answers to your questions, and learn the best ways to navigate topics like regulatory requirements, licensing stipulations, small-business training and more.

Get in touch with a Small Business Advisor

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


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

Get business licenses

Business Licenses

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


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.