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Launching a North Carolina Business

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Our Rural RISE NC initiative connects you with mentors, business counselors, funding sources, and more within your community and beyond. And even better, many of these resources are free.

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Choose a Business Structure

Many factors from management structure to tax codes need to be considered when forming a business entity.

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Choose a Name

Part of the process of starting a business is choosing a name for your business entity.

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Register Your Business

Who is required to register when forming a North Carolina business entity?

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What's Next?

Here are a few items which will need some thought when creating a company.

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Maintaining Registration

Each entity has statutory requirements in order to keep the company current and active on the records of the Secretary of State’s Office,

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New Business Checklist

Download this checklist, which includes links to many FREE resources to help you succeed.

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Resources for Starting a Business

North Carolina does not have a One-Stop-Shop to register across state agencies for all types of licenses. You will need to contact Federal, State, and Local agencies for their requirements depending upon your type of business, whether you will have employees, or determining tax implications of your decisions. Below are links to agencies which may assist in your research and planning to launch a new business.
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