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.

Do you want to start a small business?  Follow this link to get steps to start a business here in North Carolina, or call


USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through its programs, USDA helps rural Americans in many ways. Together, America Prospers.

What USDA can do to help your business: Download this helpful brochure.


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.

starting a new business in surry county

What SCEDP can do to help your business: Download this helpful brochure.


Prospective Business Owners

Business Planning Checklist

Call or visit the Surry County Economic Development Partnership with questions or assistance to any of the following suggested steps.

1. Create a business plan.
One of the first steps to starting your business is to turn your basic idea into a written plan of action. A well-thought-out business plan is necessary for obtaining loans and is a model for future success.

2. Decide on your business structure & register your business name.
Be sure to carefully consider the management, structural and tax implications of your decision.

3. Get license requirements.
The State of North Carolina does not issue a single business license. Your business may be subject to state, city, county and/or federal requirements.
Call our Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) team at (800) 228-8443 or (919) 447-7828 to determine your state license needs.

4. Obtain the necessary tax information.
Taxation for small businesses may be simple or complex, depending on the size and structure of your business. The tax liability for each business will be different. Consulting an attorney and an accountant regarding comprehensive tax planning may be necessary.

5. Identify sources of financing.
We can provide you an overview of financial resources available for small business owners in North Carolina. There are local institutions that we can introduce you to that serve new businesses.

6. Learn about employer reporting requirements and responsibilities.
Learn more about how to register as an employer, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. We can direct you to local and state agencies to assist with periodical reporting requirements.

Additional Considerations

• Consult with an accountant for bookkeeping and tax purposes.
• Obtain insurance.
• Review contracts with legal counsel.
• Review applicable regulations (OSHA, EPA, Labor, etc.).
• Register trademarks or patents.
• Develop policy and employee handbook.
• Join trade associations and chambers of commerce.

Please contact our office @ 336-401-9900 for free and confidential guidance before starting your new business.  

Connect with professionals who have the proper resources to responsibly turn your business idea into a reality!  Click the link below for information on starting a business in North Carolina:
Start a Business

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 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 Regional Hospital in Mount Airy and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

Contact Us

Surry County Economic Development Partnership Inc.

190 Virginia Street,  Mt. Airy NC 27030

PO BOX 7128


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