Small Business Resources

Building Wake Forest one business at a time.

Whether you’re starting a business from scratch, or looking for resources to grow your existing business, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of websites to help you out. Note: some may charge fees for their services.


Are you ready to start your own business? Small Business Readiness Assessment

General Resource Guide: Resource Guide for Small Business by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Checklist: Starting a Business in Wake County


Starting a Business in Wake County. Phone: (919) 856-6160

Town of Wake Forest (Planning & Zoning, Inspections, Business Licenses, Special Use Permits, Sign Permits) Phone: (919) 435-9410

Business Link North Carolina, a service of the NC Department of Commerce, is your access to an extensive network of experts who can help you with everything you need to know—from licenses, government contracting, business plans, tax information to marketing and access to capital. BLNC business counselors are available to answer your questions during regular business hours by calling 1-800-228-8443.

Good Work is a community development collaborative with a mission to strengthen local entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders through culturally appropriate support and partnerships.

North Carolina Department of Commerce is available to answer specific questions about your business license questions. Call (919) 715-2864.

North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development helps companies and communities prosper through better business practices and by engaging a broader, more diverse network of vendors, suppliers and partners. They help small businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilties start and grow, and to diversify their supply chains.

North Carolina World Trade Association connects local business with international trade.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education through a one-on-one counseling service. There is no cost for this service. Phone: (919) 856-4739

Small Business Technology & Development Center is committed to providing knowledge, education and other supportive resources that enable existing small and mid-sized businesses, emerging entrepreneurs and local/state leaders to innovate and succeed.

Start-up America Partnership highlights the importance of startups as innovators and job creators, giving startups access to the relationships, opportunities, and knowledge they need to succeed.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is a government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

TiE Carolinas is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. They believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding.

Wake Tech’s Small Business Center (SBC) is a state-funded organization which is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina. The SBC provides small business owners with information they need for starting or expanding a small business through confidential, one-on-one counseling along with various seminars, workshops, classes, and access to a resource library at zero cost to the participant.

Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship Wake Tech partnered with Wells Fargo to create the Center for Entrepreneurship to help new and existing entrepreneurs get the training and support they need to make their ideas take shape, and to foster local enterprise and economic growth.


LaunchBox Digital is a seed-stage investment firm helping entrepreneurs maximize their chance of success. It is a place for cutting-edge ideas and cutting-edge talent.

NC IDEA fosters economic development in North Carolina by helping young startups commercialize their innovations.

THRIVE NC Whether you want to start a business, grow a business, or learn more about how North Carolina can help your business, Thrive is available to point you in the right direction.

Financing options with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Self Help Credit Union: A Small Business Loan