Resource Guide

These business service providers can advise business owners on a comprehensive range of issues, including writing a business plan, mentoring and networking, financial planning, permitting and licensing requirements, marketing and industry-specific technical assistance.

Some of our favorite links:

Chatham County Industry Service Providers (EDC)
Starting a Small Business in North Carolina (SBTDC)
Business Planning Checklist (BLNC)
Starting a Business (Chatham Chamber of Commerce)
A-Z Index for Business (IRS)
Siler City STEP for Small Business

Chatham County Resources

Chatham County Small Business Center
Jon Spoon, Coordinator
764 West St., CCCC Building 1, Room 209
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Business counseling and free training opportunities for new and experienced business owners. Conveniently located on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro.

Chatham Chamber of Commerce
531 E. Third St.
Siler City, NC 27344

A membership-driven organization focusing on the economic vitality of Chatham County and the increase visibility and advocacy for its members.

Siler City Merchants Association
Zoann Adams, President

Membership-driven organization that promotes member businesses and actively works to improve community pride through volunteer efforts and programs, based in Siler City. See also:

Pittsboro Business Association
PO Box 107
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Membership-driven organization that promotes member businesses, based in Pittsboro.

Chatham County
12 East St. | PO Box 1809
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Planning, permitting and inspections, health, tourism, public works, tax, utilities, Register of Deeds and more. If you need assistance navigating Chatham County departments, please call the EDC. See also: Permitting pre-application meetings and business incentives.

Town of Siler City
311 N. Second Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344

Inspections, planning and other useful information for businesses locating in Siler City. See also: Business incentives.

Town of Pittsboro
635 East St. | PO Box 759
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Planning, finance and other useful contacts for businesses locating in Pittsboro.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Chatham County Center
Sam Groce, Director
65 E. Chatham St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

A community resource as the front door to the vast knowledge base of NC State and NC A&T State universities. Agriculture, horticulture, food safety, pest management, small farms and more.

Central Carolina Community College
Economic and Community Development Division
764 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Dedicated to workforce enrichment and continuing education programs for businesses in the community, offering programs from professional development to customized industry training.

Regional and State Service Providers

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)
301 N. Wilmington St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

A free service of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, BLNC counselors provide one-on-one client consultations, customized licensing information, business structure forms and referrals for new and growing businesses in North Carolina.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
5 W. Hargett St. Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601

Resource for growing and developing businesses, assisting small businesses with planning, financial management, human resources, marketing and operations.

CED (Council for Entrepreneurial Development)
334 Blackwell Street, Suite B012
Durham, NC 27701

Promotes high-growth, high-impact companies to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina.

North Carolina Industrial Extension Service (IES)
909 Capability Dr. Suite 1600
Research IV
Raleigh, NC 27606
Anna Mangum, Regional Manager

An arm of NC State University that supports businesses with technology, engineering and business management. Focus on efficiency and quality.

North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)
PO Box 1748
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Bill Greuling, Business Development Specialist
919-536-7239 ext. 4307

Helps existing North Carolina businesses identify, big on and win military and other federal contracts.

Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses
North Carolina Department of Administration
1336 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27603

Advocates actions which increase opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and promotes diversity and inclusion in state government procurement and contracting.

National Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Helps Americans start, build and grow businesses through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. Local partners include the Women's Business Center of NC/Institute of Minority Economic Development, Self-Help Ventures Fund, Export Assistance Centers, SCORE, SBTDC and Veterans Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University.

Internal Revenue Service
Small Businesses and Self-Employed Tax Center

Apply for a Federal Employer ID Number (EIN) and learn about taxes for small businesses and self-employed.


Chapel Hill SCORE
312 W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Raleigh SCORE
300 Fayetteville St. Suite 306
Raleigh, NC 27602

Asheboro SCORE
317 E. Dixie Dr.
Asheboro, NC 27203

Nonprofit dedicated to helping businesses get started and grow, supported by the US Small Business Administration. Mentoring, counseling, business tools, templates and tips, local workshops and online webinars. Free services, though some workshops have a cost.

USDA Rural Development
North Carolina Office
4405 Bland Rd. Suite 260
Raleigh, NC 27609

Financial programs and technical assistance to help rural individuals, communities and businesses.