Research and Develop a Business Plan and Structure

For those starting a small business, a critical first step is to create a business plan. There are many local, state and federal resources to assist you in creating a business plan. The best place to start is by researching the vast amount of information available to you. Here is a list of available information on creating a business plan:

Wake County Public Libraries

The Wake County Public Library System has several resources to help you plan your business. They include:

State Resources

The NC Department of Commerce has a great "Business Link North Carolina" site, with information on starting a business in NC. Here is a list of related state resource links:

Area Resources:

Business Link North Carolina: The State of North Carolina has Business Link North Carolina, with business specialists to assist you with every step of establishing your business. You can reach them by calling 800-228-8443 or by going online at
Small Business Center (SBC) at Wake Tech Community College: 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 their small business and offers, confidential, one-on-one counseling with the Small Business Center Director. For more information call 919-335-1001 or visit
SCORE: Offers free business counseling resources. For more information, call 919-856-4739 from Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon, or visit
NC Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC): The SBTDC is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina, which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The SBTDC is administered by North Carolina State and operated in partnership with US Small Business Administration. It 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. For more information, please contact 919-715-7272 or 800-258-0862 (in NC only), email, or visit
Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA): The DRA provides business resource information for downtown Raleigh; email to learn more.

Wake County Public Libraries: Wake Library branches have public use computers available to conduct research. In addition, Wake County Libraries provide access to many databases and research guides for people starting a business.

Other resources

    • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Small Business Center (SBC) at your local Community College
    • Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    • Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
      toll-free 1-800-258-0862 (NC only) or 919-715-7272