Establish a Business

Mitchell Community College 
Small Business Center

The Small Business Center (SBC) at Mitchell Community College is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network (SBCN), a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business and economic development in local communities across the state. Whether you are exploring your options for opening a business or you are an experienced business owner, the Small Business Center is a valuable resource for small businesses in Iredell County.

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Iredell County Economic Development Corp
Small Business Assistance

ICEDC’s Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) program provides free assistance to small business owners looking to set up shop or relocate their existing business.

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Downtown Statesville Development Corp

Downtown Statesville Development Corporation staff is available to assist you in setting up meetings with the City of Statesville and Iredell County to understand what is required for each project. Due Diligence is encouraged, especially before signing a lease or purchasing a property.

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North Carolina Department of Commerce

You've decided on your structure, gotten your license and now you need to assess how much money is necessary for your start-up.

Learn more about the tools to help you plan for your financial needs.

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Town of Troutman

Troutman, North Carolina (pop. 2752) embraces a quintessential small-town spirit that gives it distinct charm. Troutman residents, with a median age of 38, bring a youthful, progressive energy to the town and enjoy easy access to a multitude of jobs and entertainment opportunities in Charlotte, Greensboro, Hickory, and Winston-Salem.

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City of Statesville

Statesville was established in 1789 by an act of the North Carolina Legislature. The population was recorded as 95 in the 1800 Census. The population was 24,532 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 27,528 in 2019. It is the county seat of Iredell County and is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area.

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Iredell County

Iredell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. According to US Census projections in 2018, the population was 178,435. Its county seat is Statesville, and its largest town is Mooresville. The county was formed in 1788, subtracted from Rowan County. It is named for James Iredell, one of the first justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Physically Getting Your Business Open

Once you have your idea, have developed a business plan, have your financial projections and needs in order, it's time to physically work on your facility. This is also not an easy task and, if not done properly, can be cause for delays and frustration. It is our hope to offer some helpful advice as to how to open your physical location. 

Connect with the Chamber

Shannon Viera, President, and CEO is your chamber contact. Shannon can be reached at 704-818-3304 or through email.

Getting a Business License

You must check with the Iredell County Tax Collector to determine if/what type of license you might need to open up your business.
Iredell County Tax Collections Office
200 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677

Storefront Location

If your business will have a location, other than a home-based business, within the City of Statesville, you may be subject to privilege license taxes. A new business is required to purchase a privilege license from the City before opening for business. 

City Collections Department 
City Office Building
301 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677

Register Your Business

Do this in order to protest the usage of your corporate name by anyone else in the county. 

Iredell County Register of Deeds Office
Hall of Justice
201 Water Street
Statesville, NC 28677

Additionally, you should call the NC Department of Commerce at 919-733-4201 to verify the name does not infringe on any other company in NC.

Unemployment Insurance

If one or more persons are employed for as many as 20 weeks a year or accumulate as much as $1,500 in gross wages during a quarter Whichever comes first), the employer must register with:

NC Department of Workforce Solutions
133 Island Ford Rd
Statesville, NC 28677

Getting Your Business Ready for Occupancy

Before you start your own business you will need to check with the City and or County Departments that have some jurisdiction over the physical property. If it is in the City of Statesville, you must check with: 

City of Statesville, Zoning
City Office Building
301 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677

After checking with the City OR if the location is not in the City, you should go to the

Iredell County Office Building
Building Inspections and Zoning
200 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677

It is important to know the most efficient ways to work through the Building Inspections and Zoning office. There are a number of issues that could cause delays. Please see the   FAQ sheet in the link below for information.

Working With Building Inspections 


One of the more complex areas in which business owners find concerns is in the signage (both on and off-premises signage) for their location. The link below will take you to a document that explains the theory and practices of on-premise signage within the City limits of Statesville. For more information, you should call:

City of Statesville, Zoning
City Office Building
301 South Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Attention: Allison Adams
Design Review Committee/Permitting
Code Enforcement

Simple Guide To Signage in Iredell County

If you will be opening your business in Downtown Statesville there are few more regulations to which you must adhere. The link below will take you to a comprehensive document. 

Your Guide To Doing Business in Downtown Statesville 

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