Looking to buy a business? This site includes listings nationwide and helps you find businesses for sale as well as business brokers in your area.
BUSINESS LINK NORTH CAROLINA (BLNC)
This resource is a must, especially if you’re just starting out. Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in NC. They offer one-on-one phone consultations with people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to NC. They will answer your questions and help you navigate topics like regulatory requirements, licensing stipulations, small-business training and more. Below are links to a couple of the key resources available on their website:
Types of Business Structures
So many choices: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation (C-Corporation), Limited Liability Company (LLC), Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), Limited Partnership (LP), or S-Corporation. The way your business is structured affects taxation, legal and financial liability as well as decision-making authority. Find a brief description of each type here. But before deciding on a business structure, consult with your attorney and/or accountant as each structure carries with it unique legal and tax consequences.
Find links to most of the forms needed to start or register your business in North Carolina:
– Assumed Name Registration Forms (DBA)
– NC Corporate Forms to Start a Business
– Employer Forms
– State and Federal Tax Forms and Publications
– Federal Forms
– Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms
BUSINESS MODEL ASSESSMENT
Looking for ways to change your business model and innovate? This LInkedIn slide share presentation provides steps to walk you through the process.
Ready to equip your startup by buying business products and services? Visit this site to research your options and connect with sellers.
Inc.com article explaining the advantages and disadvantages of registering your business as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) or an S Corporation (S Corp).
INCORPORATE.COM (THE COMPANY CORPORATION)
Make incorporating or forming an LLC easy: This site handles all the filing and paperwork for you.
INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION
Considering buying a franchise? Start your search at this site, which includes information, resources and links to help you find the right one.
NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
The NC Department of Revenue administers the tax laws and collects the taxes due to the State. Be sure to visit these important links when starting a business in NC.
Business Registration Checklist
Here you’ll find a checklist provided by the NC Department of Revenue to ensure that you have the information needed to successfully complete your registration with the state.
Information for Businesses
Whether you’re just starting a new business, or you’ve been in business for a while, the Business section will help you find the tax information you need.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
Whether you’re already up and running or just getting started, check out the SBA.
Here you’ll find information to help you Plan, Launch, Manage and Grow your Business
Learn how to start your business with this guide-covering everything from business plan creation to permits and legal obligations
A guide to planning and building a home-based business
In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup through a free online course.