Starting a New Business
Moore County welcomes new business owners and entrepreneurial activity and strives to maintain an advantageous business environment.
Moore County is a great place to start your business. An exceptional quality of life, a pro-business climate, low property taxes and the availability of entrepreneurial resources are just a few of the many reasons it makes sense to locate your business here.
|Pat and Cathy Walsh started Blarney Stoneworks, Inc. in April, 2004. The business has grown rapidly, recently moving from a 3,200 square-foot facility to a building that is more than 7,000 square feet.|
STARTING A BUSINESS IN NORTH CAROLINA
STEP #1: No matter where you plan to locate your new business in North Carolina, the Department of Commerce’s Business ServiCenter is the place to start.
The Business ServiCenter provides guidance through the all of the processes, permits and licenses, forms and other requirements for starting a business, as well as access to other helpful resources and services. 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 the Business ServiCenter can help. These services are free.
In addition, the Department of Commerce and other state resource agencies have partnered together and launched a web portal, Business Link North Carolina (BLNC, or “blink”), as a one-stop site to access state resources for starting a business or growing an existing business.
NCDOC Business ServiCenter: www.thrivenc.com/smallbusiness/start-a-new-business
Business Link North Carolina (“blink”): www.blnc.gov
4344 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4344
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, 910-947-6370.
2- Privilege License: Only specific types of businesses are required to have a privilege license to operate in Moore County. These businesses include restaurants that serve alcohol and any businesses that sell or use motor oil (such as service stations). The cost for the license varies depending on the type of business. Contact: Moore County Tax Collections Office, 910-947-4115.
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 and Inspections Office at 910-947-5010, or click here to visit the Planning Department’s webpage.
>> For all new business development, a site plan must be submitted to the Moore County Planning Department for review prior to obtaining a Zoning Permit or a Building Permit.
Current Fee Schedule for Selected Permits
|Building Permit for New Commercial Construction:||Fee|
|Up to $40,000||$100 minimum|
|Over $40,000||$100 min. + $3.00 per $1,000|
|Building Permit for Comm. Alterations/Additions:|
|Up to $5,000||$50 minimum|
|Over $5,000||$50 min. + $3.00 per $1,000|
|Commercial Zoning Permit||$50|
OPENING A BUSINESS IN SELECTED MUNICIPALITIES
Southern Pines requires that everyone 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 are at the Utilities Billing & Collections Department, 180 SW Broad Street in Southern Pines. Phone: 910-692-2206.
Southern Pines has zoning ordinances 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 requires completion of an application to operate a business within its town limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The application fee varies depending on the type of business. Applications are available online and must be submitted in person to the Water & Billing Department, 115 N. Poplar Street, Aberdeen. Phone: 910-944-7799.
Aberdeen has zoning ordinances 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 910-944-7024.
BUSINESS RESOURCES FOR STARTING OR GROWING A BUSINESS:
There are many resources available in Moore County to assist and support entrepreneurs and prospective small business owners.
SMALL BUSINESS CENTER
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. Most services are free. The Center is also the place to start for assistance in creating a Business Plan.
Small Business Center
Lori Williams, Director
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road – 101 Van Dusen Hall
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Website: Click here.
Sandhills Community College (SCC) also offers an Entrepreneurship Program for potential and existing entrepreneurs to provide these students with the skills, experience and networks necessary to be successful business owners. This curriculum necessitates working closely with SCC’s Small Business Center and community business leaders to provide the foundation for starting a business.
Sarah Bumgarner, Professor
Management & Business Technologies Department
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Website Link: Click here.
SMALL BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) assists entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses in North Carolina by providing such services as business counseling, 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.
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 fortunate to have an active local SCORE office.
Sandhills Area SCORE – Chapter 0364
c/o Moore County Chamber of Commerce
10677 US Highway 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Moore Forward is the name of Partners in Progress’ entrepreneurial initiative for Moore County, and its overall goal is to create new jobs and contribute to the local economy through entrepreneurial development and small business activity.
Through Moore Forward, we are working to enhance the local business environment to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and access the support resources they need to be successful. As a result, we recently opened the Moore Forward hub in Pinehurst.
The hub is physical co-working space, located on the 2nd floor of 100 Magnolia Road in Pinehurst, where entrepreneurs can take their ideas or small businesses to the next level of growth, build a support network with other entrepreneurs, and find mentors and potential investors — all in a creative and high-energy, professional environment.
2 Membership Levels
1) Entrepreneur: $175 per year
This level is for entrepreneurs who may not need physical space, but want to be connected to the local entrepreneurial community and have access to Moore Forward events.
2) Entrepreneur Unlimited: $225 per month
At this level, entrepreneurs have the above benefits, plus dedicated cubicle space accessible 24/7 and access to the meeting and conference rooms.
>> Prepay for 6 months in advance and receive a $25 per month discount on the membership cost.
>> For more details about Moore Forward’s 2 membership levels (plus a membership application), click here.
>> Interested in supporting entrepreneurship in Moore County by becoming a member of Moore Forward’s Committee of 100? Click here.
>> For more information about the Moore Forward initiative, go to www.mooreforward.org.
>> For additional resources, click here to visit the “Growing Your Business” section of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s website.
>> Let Partners in Progress help you take advantage of the many available resources. We can provide the guidance and support to start or grow your business in Moore County. Contact us.