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Resource Guide for Startups and existing Small Businesses
December 27, 2022
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This document lists Business information with email and phone numbers that are vital to the success of Business Start-Up and Already In-Business Companies 


1. Starting Out – Reference Index

2. License & Permits

3. Employer Obligation

4. Tax Obligation

5. Resources for Minority-Owned Busines

6. Financing Loans

7. Angel Investors

8. Venture Capital

9. Grants for Women-Owned Business

10. Grants General

11. Crowdfunding

12. Personal Credit Score & Resources

13. Webhosting

14. Social Networks

15. Credit Card Processors

16. Accounting Software

17. Trademarks

18. Demographics

19. Library Business Section

20. Exporting

21. SCORE  Business Information


1. Starting Out – Reference Index

Raleigh SCORE – Mentors help clients to start or stay in business. Many Templates, Tools & List of Service Providers.  Phone: 919-869-4151

Business Structure Sole Proprietorship and General Partnerships

Register with Wake County Register of Deeds:

For LLC or S-Corp and C-Corp register with the NC Secretary of State

Limited Liability Corporation - LLC File with the NC Secretary of State (Cost $125) Phone: 919-814-5400

Employer Identification Number - EIN or FEIN

File with the IRS (Free) Phone: 1-800-829-4933 (Business)

Economic Development Partnership of NC

Wake Tech Small Business Center - Phone: 919-335-1007

NC Women Business Center Durham Phone: 919-956-8889

Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Phone:1-800-258-0862

Small Business Administration – SBA - NC

Charlotte NC Main office Phone: 704-344-6563

Raleigh Office Phone: 919-532-5525

NC Department of Commerce - Raleigh Phone: 919-814-4600

SME Small Business Toolkit

Register your Business Domain Name

Small Business Resource Guide  (Raleigh Chamber of Commerce & Wake County Economic Development) _2021.pdf

2. License & Permits

NC Department of Commerce – Phone 919-447-7777

NC Department of Revenue – Phone: 1-877-252-3052

County Permits & License Wake Co – Phone: 919-856-6222

City of Raleigh Permits & License – Phone: 919-996-3200

3. Employer Obligation

NC Department of Labor – Phone: 919-996-5740

Federal Employer Tax Guide – Phone: 1-800-829-4933

Steps for hiring your Frist Employee in North Carolina

4. Tax Obligation

NC Sales & Use Tax – Phone: 1-877-252-4052

Unemployment Insurance Tax – Phone: 1-800-829-4933

Business Privilege License and Tax – North Carolina – Phone: 1-877-252-3052

Business Privilege License and Tax – Raleigh – Phone: 1-800-679-3611

Business Privilege License and Tax – Wake County – Phone: 919-856-5400

Workers Compensation – NC Industrial Commission – Phone: 919-716-1700

5. Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses 

US Minority Business Development Agency - Phone: 202-482-2332

NC Institute of Minority Economic Development – Phone: 919-956-8889

City of Raleigh Minority & Women-Owned Enterprise – Phone: 919-996-5740

6. Financing Loans

SBA Preferred Lenders – Phone – Raleigh: 919-532-5525

Self Help Credit Union – Phone: 1-800-476-7428 (Durham)

SBA for Women-Owned Businesses & Many Other Websites

Small Business Financing Options

Veterans Loans

7. Angel Investors

Angel Capital Association – Phone: 913-894-4700

Inception Micro Angel Fund Sandhills, NC – Phone: 914-483-8133

8. Venture Capital - Equity Investors

The Aurora Funds – Phone: 919-484-0400

Intersouth Partners – Phone: 919-493-6640

SJF Ventures – Phone: 919-530-1177 (Durham)

Southern Capitol Ventures – Phone: 919-858-7580

9. Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

Grants from: Amber Grant, Cartier Women’s Initiative, Tory Burch Foundation, Boston Women’s Fund, Asian Women Giving Circle.

Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant - Minority

Emma Johnson Single Mother Grant

10. Grants General

NC Idea Grant – Micro & Seed

National Association of the Self Employed Grant

Federal Grants

Walmart Small Business Grant

Black Founder Start-Up Grant

Patagonia Grant

Verizon Small Business Grant

Veterans Grants - Small Business

11. Crowdfunding 

4 Crowdfunding Platforms

1. Non Profit (sample sites)

2. Peer to Peer Lending Debt (sample sites)

3. Reward-Based Crowdfunding (sample sites)

4. Equity Crowdfunding  (sample sites)

Crowdfunding Websites (sample) iFund Women Raleigh

Fundly – Funding for Cause

Comparison of Crowdfunding Websites – Inc Magazine

Crowdfunding Bible – Book

Crowd-Funders Strategy - Book

57 Secrets of Crowdfunding - Book

The Crowdfunding Revolution – Book (How to Raise Capital using Social Media)

12. Personal Credit Score & Resources

Credit Freeze Information NC Attorney General – Phone:

Equifax – Phone: 1-800-685-1111

Experian – Phone: 1-888-397-3742

TransUnion – Phone: 1-800-888-4213

Annual Credit Report Request Service – Phone: 877-322-8228

13. Webhosting

14. Social Networks

15. Credit Card Processors

16. Accounting Software

17. Trademarks

TM™ vs. R ® - Which one is Right for your Trademark?

United States Patent & Trademark Office

18. Demographics

United States Demographics

United States Census

US Census North Carolina

Wake County NC Demographics

US Labor & Wage Statistics North Carolina

NC Government Data Analytic Center

19. Wake County Library Business Section

To research Wake County Library databases, you need a Wake County Library Card and a Password. You can get both by visiting your local library.

To access the databases, go to: and select “Library Databases”.

Databases include:

ABI/INFORM Collection

Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.

Business Market Research Collection

This database contains company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from three sources, including Hoover's Company Profiles, OxResearch from Oxford Analytica, and Snapshots.

Data-Axle Reference Solutions (formerly known as ReferenceUSA)

Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. Data-Axle makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, and research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research, and much more.

Entrepreneurship Database

Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

Wall Street Journal

Premier business newspaper articles from 1984 to the present.

You can also access the online Business Resources Information Guide by going to

20. Exporting

What are the INCO-Term’s (International Commercial Terms for Shipping Products)

U.S. Export Commercial Service North Carolina

A Basic Guide to Exporting

Export Planner - SBA

Trade Statistics (Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division)

Export Credit Insurance EXIM

BIS Export Licenses (Bureau of Industry and Security)

Economic and Trade Sanctions

Letter of Credit and other Payment from a Foreign Buyer.

Managing Across Borders The Transnational Solution - Book

The Cultural Environment Of International Business - Book

Managing Cultural Differences – Book

21. SCORE Information

For more SCORE information check click on “Browse the Library”

You can narrow your search to “Business Stage, Topic, Format” and several other options.

Below are some samples of SCORE Information in blog format.

Women-owned Business

Black Business Owners

Veterans Business Owners

General Business Information’s-next’re-not-getting-approved-business-financing

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