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.


Blarney Stoneworks, Inc.







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.


STEP #1:  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 the 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.

Business Link North Carolina:
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC  27513
Toll-Free:  800-228-8443


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, 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 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



Southern Pines
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 no longer requires 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 and sign ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate, and 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 and sign ordinances that govern the physical locations where businesses can locate and operate, and that specify signage requirements.  Contact the Planning & Inspections Department, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst.  Phone:  910-295-2581.

Carthage requires completion of a license application to operate a business within its town limits.  Contact the Planning Department, 4396 US 15-501 Hwy, Carthage.  Phone:  910-947-2331.

Robbins requires completion of a license application to operate a business within its town limits.  The Business License application may be downloaded by clicking here.  The Town also has other regulations that govern local businesses.  Contact Town Hall, 101 N. Middleton Street, Robbins.  Phone:  910-948-2431.



There are many resources available in Moore County to assist and support entrepreneurs and prospective small business owners.

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
Teresa Reynolds, Director
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road – 101 Van Dusen Hall
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone: 910-695-3938
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.

Entrepreneurship Program
Sarah Bumgarner, Professor
Management & Business Technologies Department
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC  28374
Phone:  910-695-3751
Website Link:  Click here.


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.

PO Box 1334 – Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC 28302-1334
Phone: 910-672-1727


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.

Local Office:
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
Website Link:  Click here


Moore Forward logo2 MOORE FORWARD 
Moore Forward is an 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.

Moore Forward is 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.

>> For more information about the Moore Forward initiative, go to



>> 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.

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