Small Business Center - Sources of Business Assistance
Moore County

Small Business Administration
Community colleges have designated Small Business Centers and they offer enhanced training at low cost or no cost, counseling, resources, and referrals to other organizations.

Contact:Small Business Center
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374


Service Corps of Retired Executives
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is affiliated with the Small Business Administration and provides individual counseling to small business owners/managers and prospective business owners.

Contact:   SCORE
c/o Moore County Chamber of Commerce
10677 Hwy 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Telephone: 910-692-3926


Economic Development

Contact: Moore County Partners in Progress PO Box 5885
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Telephone: 910-246-0311
Website: for demographics and other information on Moore County


Chamber of Commerce

Contact:   Moore County Chamber of Commerce
10677 Hwy 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Telephone:  910-692-3926


Southern Pines Municipal Library
Provides information for businesses through reference material, books, magazines and access to NC Live.  Has small business financial ratios available.  Connection to NC LIVE with business resources and mapping capability for marketing research.  All libraries have this resource.  If you live outside of Southern Pines, go to any county or state sponsored library. To access the Small Business Reference Cetner and other online business resources, go to

Location: 170 West Connecticut Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Telephone: 910-692-8235


Moore County Cooperative Extension Service
Provides counseling and training for agriculture related businesses.  This service provides soil tests.

Contact:  Moore County Cooperative Extension Service
Agriculture Center
707 Pinehurst Avenue
PO Box 1149
Carthage, NC 28327
Telephone: 910-947-3188


Consumer Credit Counseling
Provides counseling for those with bad credit and debt problems.

Location:  35 East Pennsylvania Ave
Southern Pines NC 28387
Telephone: 910.246.3288


Moore County Health Department
Food and health inspections.

Contact:  Moore County Environmental Health Department
1042 Carriage Oak Drive
Carthage, NC 28327
Telephone:  910-947-6283


County Register of Deeds
Filing of certificate disclosing certain information by limited partnership.
Filing of assumed name by proprietorships, partnerships or corporations doing business under names other than their own.

Contact:   County of Moore Register of Deeds
100 Dowd Street
PO Box 1210
Carthage, NC 28327
Telephone:  910-947-6370


Moore County Offices
The County Manager’s office provides general information on county business requirements including contact points for zoning regulation, issuance of sedimentation and erosion control, hazardous waste, water and sewer, and building permits.

Contact:   Moore County Manager
PO Box 905
Carthage, NC 28327
Telephone:  910-947-6363
910-947-5010 Planning & Zoning


County Tax Administration
The County Tax Collector is responsible for issuance of business or privilege licenses to proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
The County Tax Administrator is responsible for assessment of business property taxes.  In some counties, a single office will handle both functions.

Contact:   Tax Administrator/Collector
PO Box 457
Carthage, NC 28327
Telephone:  910-947-2255



Information concerning planning/zoning and municipal licenses can be obtained from local city/town government.  Contact the local tax administration department.

Southern Pines:


Business Link North Carolina
Help for starting & growing your business in North Carolina.  Find the appropriate state resources and forms.

Telephone: 1.800.228.8443


Small Business Administration
For financing through certified lenders and guaranteed by the SBA.  Information available online for new businesses.

Contact:    Small Business Administration
6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
Telephone: 704-344-6563 or 1-800-827-5722 (Answer Desk)


NC-CAP Program
NC Capital Access Program available to businesses with less than 500 employees.  See website for participating lenders.  This program is sponsored by the NC Rural Center.



NC Rural Center
Grant and loan opportunities for small businesses and municipalities.

Telephone:  919.250.4314


Lawyers Referral List
Refers clients to a local attorney who will grant an initial one-half hour consultation for a fee of $30.00.

Contact:   NC Lawyer Referral Service
Telephone:  800-662-7660


Provider of business-related legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs and business owners.

Contact:NC Bar Association
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513


North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (NCSBTDC)
A cooperative agreement between the SBA and the state to provide advanced small business counseling and training through the use of university research facilities, private sector consultants, faculty, graduate students, and volunteer counselors.  Free counseling service.

Contact: SBTDC – Fayetteville State University SBTDC – UNC-Pembroke
  PO Box 1334  PO Box 1510
  Fayetteville, NC 28302 Pembroke, NC 28372
Telephone:910-672-1727  910-775-4000  


North Carolina Department of Revenue

  • Information on North Carolina Tax Laws
  • Filing of Application for North Carolina Withholding Identification Number
  • Filing and deposit of North Carolina Payroll Taxes
  • Filing of Information Returns
  • Filing of Application for Sales and Use Tax Registration
  • Filing of Annual Wholesale License
  • Annual Franchise Tax
  • Filing of North Carolina Income Tax
  • Application for North Carolina Business Privilege License
Raleigh office:NC Department of Revenue
PO Box 25000
Raleigh, NC 27640-0640
Telephone:877-252-3052 for forms and general information


North Carolina Secretary of State

  • Filing of Articles of Incorporation
  • Filing of Application for Certificate of Authority to transact business in North Carolina by out-of-state businesses.
  • Registering your company name.
  • Securities Division, trademark registration, nonprofits listing, etc.
Contact:  Corporation Division
NC Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Mailing:   PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
Telephone:   919-807-2225


North Carolina Employment Security Commission

  • Filing application for Unemployment Account Number
  • Filing and deposit of Unemployment Payroll Taxes
Contact: North Carolina Employment Security Commission
PO Box 25903
Raleigh, NC 27611-6504
Local:  JobLink/Employment Security Commission of NC 245 Shepherd Trail
Aberdeen, NC 28315
Telephone: 910-944-7697


US Internal Revenue Service

  • Filing of Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number by proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.
  • Filing and deposit of Federal Payroll Taxes
  • Filing of Federal Information Returns
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Forms & publications are downloadable
Contact:  US Internal Revenue Service
320 Federal Place
Greensboro, NC 27401
Telephone:  800-829-4933 (Assistance)


State/Federal Wage & Hour Division
Federal - Administration of Fair Labor Standards Act.

Contact: Federal Wage & Hour Division
US Department of Labor
Somerset Bank Building
4407 Bland Road, Suite 260
Raleigh, NC 27609-6296
Telephone: 919-790-2741
New Business Information:    1-866-487-9243


State – NC Wage and Hour Act 

Contact:  Wage & Hour Bureau
1101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1101
Telephone: 919-807-2796 or 1-800 NC Labor


North Carolina Department of Labor
Administration of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Telephone: 919-807-2796 or 800-NC LABOR (625.2267)


North Carolina Military Business Center
The NC Military Business Center is to leverage the presence of the military in NC to promote economic development and quality of life.  They are dedicated to increasing military business for existing NC companies.  Their Match Force website enables businesses to be matched to government contracts, government purchasers to NC suppliers, and job seekers to NC jobs.  Businesses, contracting officers, cardholders and job seekers can register, post, search and receive opportunities on their site.

Contact:  NC Military Business Center
PO Box 1748, 515 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Linn Owen
Telephone: 910-728.5122


Veterans Business Outreach Center
UNC-Fayetteville State University
Patriot Express loan availability


BioBusiness Center – Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
The BioBusiness Center will provide services and resources to support businesses in the field of biotechnology such as technology assessment, market evaluation, intellectual property evaluation and protection, business plan preparation, and legal issues.

Contact: BioBusiness Center
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
1459-C Sand Hill Road Suite 309B
Candler, NC 28715
Telephone: 828-254-1921


US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Administration of Title VII of Civil Rights Act and other acts pertaining to equal employment.

Contact:US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
1309 Annapolis Drive
Raleigh, NC 27608-2129
Telephone:919-856-4064 or 800-669-4000


Internet sites of interest to small businesses:

Business Link North
CEED/Women’s Business
Federal Info
NC Institute of Minority & Economic
Self Help Credit
Small Business
Small Business
Small Business Benefits
Southern Pines Library (NC Live)
State of North
NC Department of
NC Department of
NC Secretary of
Employment Security
NC Department of
NC Government
Match Up for Govt
Bio Business



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