How to Start a Business in Durham

Bring Your Idea to Life

I have a great idea for a business. Now what?

Launching your company may seem like an overwhelming task, and it can be difficult to decide where to start. Here you can find resources to help you register your business, plan your location, hire your first employees, and more so that you can have a successful opening!


The first step in starting a business is having a clear and concrete idea of what you want to do, and how you will do it. Take a look at our research tools and planning resources.


Starting a business legally requires certain permits and licenses. Learn more on our registering page.


It’s all about location, location, location! Make sure to do your research and think carefully about the space you will operate from.

Developing Your Space

Once you’ve selected the best location, you’ll need to develop your space. This means getting inspections to ensure your space is safe and up to code. 


When you are ready to hire your first employees, you will need to navigate many new regulations. Visit our hiring page to learn more.

Planning Your Opening

Once everything else is in place, you’re ready to open! You may want to plan a grand opening and create a big marketing push to bring your services out into the world. 

Check out our roadmaps to success!

Startup Roadmaps: Guiding Your Business from Dream to Reality: Planning: Registering: Locating