Frequently Asked Questions
- My business is struggling. Is there anything the Town can do to help?
Absolutely! While the Town is limited on what we can directly do to assist your struggling businesses, one thing we can do is connect you to resources and advisors to help you get back on-track - whether it's marketing, finances, human resources, supply chains or any other part of your business. The best approach is to get in contact with our staff to help assess your needs and discuss what resources we can bring to you to help you most. Know that the sooner you seek assistance, the better the chance to help your business survive. Discussions are confidential.
- I want to start a new business in Carrboro. Where do I start?
We're happy to hear this and are available to assist you however we can in your endeavor. You can learn about the basics of starting a new business in 10-steps at our New Business Resource Center. We also would encourage you to seek the free business assistance from the Small Business Center at Durham Tech, Small Business and Technical Development Center at UNC, or SCORE Chapel Hill Durham. These resources can provide one-on-one consulting to help you specifically tailor your business plan to your idea. Still have questions? Contact our Department at 919-918-7319.
- Do I need a license from the Town to open a new business?
Generally, no, you do not need a business license from the Town to open a new business. You will need to make sure to have your business registered with the State of North Carolina. If you are selling beer or wine, you will need to get a license from the Town.
- Where can I find available properties for new or relocating businesses?
Because of the quickly changing status of commercial properties, the Town does not provide a database of available properties for public viewing. As you look for space, feel free to reach out to our staff at 919-918-7319 or by email at EconDev@CarrboroNC.gov and let us know what building/site requirements you are looking for (square footage, utility needs, location or neighborhood preferences, preferred lease terms, etc) and we'll be happy to share available properties with you!