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Town of Knightdale
If you are interested in available office/retail, etc. space or land, check the regularly updated listings of developed properties (PDF) and undeveloped properties (PDF) for sale or lease.  Also, for permitting & zoning, inspections, applications, fees, business licenses, special use permits, sign permits and more... 

Home Based Business in Knightdale

Contact Larry Bradbury, (919)856-4739|
In partnership with SCORE, the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce offers "Small Business Day at the Chamber." This event includes one-on-one counseling services by a SCORE representative here at the Chamber.  There is no cost for this service; open to members and to the public. Contact the Chamber at 919-266-4603 to schedule your appointment.

North Carolina Small Business & Technology Center (SBTC)
Are you considering starting a business but do not know where to start? Do you have questions like:  Where do I get funding? How do I write a business plan?and are there any licenses and permits needed? If so, SBTC has several tools to help you start your business.

North Carolina Department of Commerce
1-800-228-8443 or 919-733-4977
To answer specific questions about yor business license questions.

Thrive in North Carolina a section of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, has details on state licenses, permits, and regulatory requirements. (North Carolina has no single business license covering all requirements.)

Business Link Partners a network of organizations willing to provide services to the state's businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.  This site will provide a single entry point to find help for your business from start, to growing and succeeding.

Rural Economic Development Center

NC Institue of Minority Economic Development
Training and consulting services for minorities, women in business, veterans. Also contracting assistance for small business.

Wake Tech Small Business Center (BIC)
Cary, NC
Counseling, Programs, Seminars and Resources, Business Plan, Info on financing a business, export/import assistance, and MUCH MORE!

Northern Wake Tech Campus
Deb Oronzio, Director of Entrepreneurship
6600 Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC  27616

Provides free consultations with volunteer business professionals who can answer your questions about a wide range of business topics.  One-on-one counceling services relating to small business at no charge.  They offer semiannual workshops for starting small businesses and staying in business in May and November.

Wake County Economic Development

Wake County Existing Industry Services
Wake County Economic Development's Existing Industry Service serves the needs of our community's existing businesses and organizations.  This free service is one in which we listen to your company's needs and identify all of the appropriate resources from local, state, and private entities that can benefit your company and enable you to thrive in today's economy.

Learn about and how to obtain Government Contacts (Small Business Technical Development Center)
Rebecca Barbour, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)


Wake County Government

Wake County IMAPS

Wake County Public School System

Are You Ready To Start A Business:

Am I ready to start my own business a Self Assesment tool.
Guide for Small Business Start Up.

Small Business Technology & Development Center
The SBTDC is North Carolina's leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Also, SBTDC can help how to get government contacts. Rebecca Barbour

Starting a Home Based Business:  Working Solo

US Small Business Administration - Ivan Hankins, Senior Area Manager, 919-335-1004

Wake Tech's Small Business Center

Capital Resources

Tool for writing a business plan

Financing options with the  US Small Business Administration

Self Help Credit Union: A Small Business Loan
This program awards state matching funds to NC businesses that have received either a Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program award by the corresponding US government program

Online Tax Software - Reference Guide

Managing Your Employees

Help with writing an effective job description

Additional help with Job Descriptions

Equal Employment Opportunity
NC Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Bureau
US Dept of Labor
Have a Legal Concern

Small Business Safety & Resource Guide


Understanding the Numbers
IRS Forms