How to Start a Business in Pitt County

If you are interested in starting a business in Pitt County, the steps below are a good place to begin.  The Pitt County Development Commission will be happy to put you in touch with contacts and resources that are relevant to your needs.

1. Develop a Solid Business Plan

Helpful Agencies

Small Business Center (SBC), Pitt Community College
(252) 493-7541, www.pittcc.edu/continuing-education/small-business-center/

Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
(252) 737-1385, www.sbtdc.org/offices/ecu/

Helpful Publications

Business Start-Up & Resource Guide, SBTDC
www.sbtdc.org/pdf/startup.pdf

Business Notes, NC Department of Commerce
www.blnc.gov

 

2. Secure Necessary Financing

Helpful Agencies

Local Banks
http://locateincarolina.com/financial-services/financial-institutions-in-pitt-county/

Entrepreneurial Initiative, East Carolina University
(252) 737-1345, www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/rds/ei/

Self-Help
(252) 752-8866, www.self-help.org

Helpful Publications

SBTDC-Capital Opportunities
www.sbtdc.org/resources/publications/capital-opportunities/

NC Rural Center-Guide to Financing for Small Businesses
http://marketing.thrivenc.com/acton/attachment/4901/f-0040/1/-/-/-/-/file.pdf

 

3. Find a Business Location

Helpful Agencies

Pitt County Development Commission
(252) 902-2075, www.locateincarolina.com

Helpful Websites

State of NC Site & Building Database http://locateincarolina.com/property-search/

 

4. Check Your Zoning Designation

Make sure your type of business is allowed by law at your business location. If your use is allowed at the site, then ask to receive a certificate of Zoning Compliance. If your type of use is not allowed, you can search for another location or apply to change the zoning designation.

Helpful Agencies

For any area located outside of any city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Planning Department
(252) 902-3250, www.pittcountync.gov/depts/planning/

For any locations inside the Greenville city limits or ETJ
City of Greenville Planning Department
(252) 329-4504, http://www.greenvillenc.gov/government/community-development/planning-division

For any locations inside the Ayden city limits or ETJ
(252) 746-7077, www.ayden.com/ayden-planning-gis.html

For any locations inside the Bethel city limits or ETJ
Town of Bethel
(252) 825-6191, www.bethelnc.org

For any locations inside the Farmville city limits or ETJ
Town of Farmville Planning Department
(252) 753-5921, www.farmville-nc.com/departments_planningcodes.htm

For any locations inside the Falkland city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Planning Department
(252) 902-3250, www.pittcountync.gov/depts/planning/

For any locations inside the Fountain city limits or ETJ
Town of Fountain
(252) 749-2881

For any locations inside the Grimesland city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Planning Department
(252) 902-3250, www.pittcountync.gov/depts/planning/

For any locations inside the Simpson city limits or ETJ
Village of Simpson
(252) 757-1430

For any locations inside the Winterville city limits or ETJ
(252) 756-7875, www.wintervillenc.com/planning

 

5. Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy

Depending on the type of improvements needed at your potential business location, you need to apply for a building permit.

For any area located outside of any city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Greenville city limits or ETJ
City of Greenville Planning Department
(252) 329-4466, http://www.greenvillenc.gov/government/community-development/planning-division

For any locations inside the Ayden city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Bethel city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Farmville city limits or ETJ
Town of Farmville Planning Department
(252) 753-5921, www.farmville-nc.com/departments_planningcodes.htm

For any locations inside the Falkland city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Fountain city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Grimesland city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Simpson city limits or ETJ
Pitt County Inspections Department
(252) 902-3150, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/inspections

For any locations inside the Winterville city limits or ETJ
(252) 756-7875, www.wintervillenc.com/planning

 

6. File Your Business Structure and/or Register the Name of Your Business

For Corporation, LLC, LLP, Limited Partnership

Contact:
Corporations Division, Secretary of State office
(919) 807-2225, www.sosnc.com

For Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership

Contact:
Pitt County Register of Deeds
(252) 902-1650, http://www.pittcountync.gov/depts/regdeeds/

Helpful Agencies

Business Link North Carolina, Economic Development Partnership of NC
800-228-8443, www.blnc.gov

 

7. Get Necessary Licenses and Permits

Contractor’s Class A, B, and C State License and Contractor’s Worker’s Compensation Certification:

Contact:
The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
(919) 571-4183, www.nclbgc.org

Health Permits:

Contact:
Pitt County Health Department
(252) 902-2305, www.pittcountync.gov/depts/health/

General information on Licensing and Permitting in NC:

http://www.thrivenc.com/businessservices/licensing-and-permitting

 

8. Get a State and Federal Identification Number

NC Department of Revenue
877-252-3052, www.dornc.com

IRS
800-829-1040, www.irs.gov

 

9. Legal Considerations
These include, among others, employer requirements and worker’s compensation.

Helpful Agencies

Business Link North Carolina, Economic Development Partnership of NC
800-228-8443, www.blnc.gov

General information on legal issues for businesses in NC

http://marketing.thrivenc.com/acton/attachment/4901/f-0029/1/-/-/-/-/file.pdf

Helpful Publications

Business Start-Up & Resource Guide, SBTDC
www.sbtdc.org/pdf/startup.pdf

Business Notes, NC Department of Commerce
www.blnc.gov

 

10. Open for Business and Network

Helpful Agencies

Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce
(252) 752-4101, www.greenvillenc.org/

Ayden Chamber of Commerce
(252) 746-2266, www.aydenchamber.com

Farmville Chamber of Commerce
(252) 753-4671, www.farmvillencchamber.org

Grifton Chamber of Commerce
(252) 524-5168

Winterville Chamber of Commerce
(252) 531-4590  www.wintervillechamber.com

 

11. Continue to Learn

The following organizations offers helpful seminars and workshops to help you sustain and grow your business.

Helpful Agencies

Capital Associated Industries

https://capital.org

East Carolina University Entrepreneurial Initiative

(252) 737-1345, http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/EI/

East Carolina University Entrepreneurship Certificate

http://catalog.ecu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=7&poid=1713&returnto=443

Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce
(252) 752-4101, www.greenvillenc.org/

Small Business Center (SBC), Pitt Community College
(252) 493-7541, www.pittcc.edu/continuing-education/small-business-center/

ECU Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
(252) 737-1385, www.sbtdc.org/offices/ecu