Start a Business

Surry County Economic Development Partnership supports new business and helps anyone get a business going!

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Starting a Business

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?  Starting a small business is a challenge, but the Small Business Center at Surry Community College can give you the tools you need to proceed with your idea.  Launching a new business requires careful planning and involves making many important decisions.  Below is a list of resources that are available that will assist you each step of the way.

The Small Business Center at Surry Community College offers free or low cost services to potential and existing businesses.  The staff at the Center, provides confidential counseling in many areas of business concerns (336–386-3685).  Educational seminars are available that teach skills that are critical to managing a business.  Workshops and seminars are listed on the Surry Community Web site under the Continuing and Corporation Education Division.

The Small Business and Technology Center (SBTDC) provides assistance to individuals interested in starting a business as well as providing technical assistance to small to medium-sized businesses.  The SBTDC Web site offers an online tool to measure whether a person would be a good candidate for owning a business.  The services are free and confidential and can include discussion of issues such as business planning, financing, human resources, and marketing.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a national non-profit organization that focuses on entrepreneurial education.  SCORE volunteers provide free, confidential interviews to business owners or to those persons interested in starting a business.

 

Prospective Business Owners

Prospective business owners must contact the following offices before receiving a license.

Privilege License (Local Business)
300 S Main Street (2nd Floor)
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 786-3509
All businesses must obtain a license to operate in the City limits

Planning Department/Zoning
300 S Main Street (2nd Floor)
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 786-3520
All businesses must meet zoning regulations

Surry County Health & Nutrition Center Environmental Health
118 Hamby Road
Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: (336) 401-8325
The sale of food items may require a sanitation inspection

ABC Commission (ABC permit)
3322 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone: (919) 779-0700
To receive paperwork on obtaining a permit to sale alcoholic beverages

New Business Owners

New business owners should also contact the following offices for the reaons stated:

Register of Deeds
201 E Kapp Street
Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: (336) 401-8150
To register the name of your business

Business Personal Property Listing
201 E Kapp Street
Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: (336) 401-8115
To list business assets for property tax (in January of each year)

Room Occupancy Tax
300 S Main Street (2nd Floor)
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 786-3509
For hotel, motel, or bed & breakfast

Rental Vehicle Tax
300 S Main street (2nd Floor)
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 786-3509
For businesses providing short-term leased or rental vehicles

NC Department of Revenue 
8025 North Pointe Boulevard, Ste 250
Winston Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 896-7024
Hours: 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.
To get a state sales tax number for the purpose of tracking sales tax

Internal Revenue Service
Phone: (800) 829-1040
To get a Federal I.D. number

City Fire Inspections
439 Rockford Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 786-3570
Businesses inside the city limits need fire inspection to assure compliance with fire codes

Surry County Quick Facts

Surry County is on the edge of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the East Coast which offers citizens access to urban amenities and cultural attractions.
The Surry County/Mount Airy airport has a runway length of 4,305 feet. It is in the process of being lengthened to 5,500 feet.
Surry County is approximately 300 miles from four ports on the east coast; Norfolk, VA, Morehead City, NC, Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC.
In Surry County you are about 1 hours drive time to the Piedmont Triad International Airport and 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Surry County is 538 square miles that include four rivers, the Mitchell, Ararrat, Fisher, and Yadkin Rivers.
Surry County has two hospitals that provide regional health care. Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

Contact Us

Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc. 1218 State St., Mt. Airy NC 27030
PO BOX 7128
336.401.9900

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