Start a Business
Starting & Growing Your Business
Moore County is a great place to start your business. We welcome entrepreneurs and new business owners.
An exceptional quality of life, a pro-business environment, low property taxes, and access to entrepreneurial resources are just a few of the many reasons it makes sense to start your business here.
No matter where you plan to locate your new business in North Carolina, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina’s Business Link North Carolina is the place to start.
Business Link North Carolina is a one-stop website that provides guidance through all of the processes, permits and licenses, forms and other requirements for starting a new business, as well as access to helpful resources and services for growing an existing business. Registering your business’ name, establishing a business structure (corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, etc.), getting the required state licenses and permits, addressing tax requirements and employer issues are among the areas where Business Link North Carolina can help. These services are free.
Contact a Business Link NC counselor toll-free: 800-228-8443
Establishing Your Business in Moore County
To open a business anywhere in Moore County, you’ll need to register the name of your business with the County, possibly obtain a Privilege License, and register your tangible business property.
1- Business Name Registration:
The name of your business must be registered through the Moore County Register of Deeds Office (scroll down to “Assumed Name Information”), (910) 947-6370.
2- Privilege License:
Only specific types of businesses are required to have a privilege license to operate in Moore County. Restaurants that serve alcohol are required to have a beer and wine license. Contact: Moore County Tax Collections Office (scroll down to “Licenses” section), (910) 947-4116.
3- Registration of Tangible Property:
All tangible, income-generating business personal property must be listed at the Moore County Tax Office, (910) 947-2255.
4- Zoning Ordinances:
Moore County has zoning ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate. The Table of Uses specifies the type of business activities permitted in each zone. Contact the Moore County Planning Department at 910-947-5010.
Opening a Business in Selected Municipalities
Southern Pines requires that anyone who operates a business within its town limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) must apply for a privilege license, except those businesses specifically exempted by state or federal statute. The application fee varies depending on the type of business. Applications can be obtained from the Billing & Collections Department, 180 SW Broad Street in Southern Pines. Phone: (910) 692-2206.
Southern Pines has zoning regulations that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate. Sign ordinances that dictate allowable signage are in effect also. Contact the Planning & Inspections Department at (910) 692-4003.
Aberdeen does not require a business license to operate a business within its town limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ); however, it is recommended that new business owners contact the Town’s Planning & Inspections Department to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate, and sign ordinances that specify signage requirements. Contact the Planning & Inspections Department, 115 N. Poplar Street, Aberdeen. Phone: (910) 944-4507.
The Village of Pinehurst does not require a business license, but there are zoning ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate, and sign ordinances that specify signage requirements. Contact the Pinehurst Planning & Inspections Department, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst. Phone: (910) 295-2581.
Robbins does not require a business license to operate a business within its town limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ); however, it is recommended that new business owners contact the Town Clerk to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate, and sign ordinances that specify signage requirements. For more information, contact Town Hall, 101 N. Middleton Street, Robbins. Phone: (910) 948-2431.
Small Business Center
Small Business Center
Teresa Reynolds, Director
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road – 101A Van Dusen Hall
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone: (910) 695-3938
The Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst is an excellent resource for assistance in starting or operating a small business. It is part of a statewide network of centers designed to support existing and prospective owners and employees of small businesses by providing seminars, references, and confidential consultations at no charge. The Center is also the place to get assistance with creating a Business Plan.
Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
Sarah Bumgarner, Professor
Management & Business Technologies Department
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road – 212D Stone Hall
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone: (910) 695-3751
Sandhills Community College also offers an Entrepreneurship Certificate program for potential and existing entrepreneurs to provide these students with the skills, experience and networks necessary to start new businesses and be successful business owners. Students in this curriculum work closely with SCC’s Small Business Center and community business leaders to become entrepreneurial thinkers.
SBTDC – Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28302
The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) assists entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses in North Carolina by providing such services as counseling for new start-ups and for growing companies, government procurement, customized market research, and manufacturing & technology counseling. The SBTDC also helps clients identify grants, loans and venture capital opportunities. Most of its services are free of charge, and all services are confidential. The regional office in Fayetteville covers Moore County.
Sandhills Area SCORE – Chapter 0364
c/o Moore County Chamber of Commerce
10677 US Highway 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: (910) 420-0121
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a national non-profit association composed of experienced, business-savvy volunteers who offer free and confidential business counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE provides its mentoring services one-on-one and through low-cost business workshops and seminars. Moore County is served by the Sandhills SCORE office.