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State and Federal Resources for Small Businesses
There a many things to consider and learn when developing a small business - regulations, laws, legalities, and more. Below are state and federal resources, specific to small businesses, that may help answer many of the questions that arise when starting up.

State Resources

Small Business and Technology Development Center
A business development service of The University of North Carolina system. The SBTDC'S technology counselors provide free, one-on-one business counseling to help emerging North Carolina-based businesses bring new technologies to market. The SBTDC offers a business plan outline, free publications and more.

NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services • Food Program

Starting a food business in North Carolina

NC Department of Commerce
Starting a business in North Carolina

Employment Security Commission of North Carolina
Business service information on taxes, employees, insurance and more

NC Industrial Commission
Information for employers

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Small business environmental assistance

NC Association of Local Health Directors

List of local health departments and directors

NC Department of Insurance
Insurance information for businesses

NC Department of Labor
Sign up for a new business packet, information on OSHA, Wage and Hour and more

NC Division of Motor Vehicles
Information on Commercial Trucking requirements

NC Department of the Secretary of State

Information on a variety of topics - trademarks, corporations, tax credit programs and more

NC Department of Revenue
NC tax information for businesses

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Federal Resources

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Guidance on rules and regulations from the FDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Information on laws, regulations, marketing, trade and more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Small farm/small business information

U.S. Small Business Administration
Provides planners, services, tools and local resources for small businesses

U.S. Department of Commerce

Minority Business Development Agency
Bureau of Industry and Security - Export Administration
Economic Development Administration
National Technical Information Service

Internal Revenue Service
Tax information for businesses

Social Security Administration
Buisness services available online

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Information on filing for patents and trademarks

U.S. Copyright Office
Information on copyright law, licensing, and more

U.S. Postal Service
Business services available from the Postal Service

U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Information on trade in developing countries

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