Start Your Business

Waterside MoonrakersThe Crystal Coast is a hotbed for entrepreneurs, and why not? The combination of low costs and awesome lifestyle make Carteret County the perfect place to launch your new enterprise.

Whether you are seeking an echo career with the business you have always dreamed of starting, or you are a millennial or a Gen X’er looking to start your business in a place where you can enjoy a beautiful, natural environment and outdoor recreation and water sports, the Crystal Coast is right for you!

There are several resources available to help you with your Carteret County business start-up or small business:

  • Carteret County Small Business Center — Located on the Carteret Community College campus, the Small Business Center offers education and training, counseling and referral information.

            Contact: Robin Phillips-Hauser, Director, (252) 222-6127,

  • Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) — As the business and technology extension service of The University of North Carolina, the SBTDC can help you make better and more informed decisions, access capital and financing resources, evaluate and improve your financial performance, obtain quality business and market information, and improve leadership skills and employee performance.

            Contact: Ariana Billingsley, Regional Center Director, East Carolina University, (252) 737-1368,

  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)Transportation Impact — Working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce, BLNC can help answer your questions about business licensing and permitting, legal structures, forms, tax requirements, financing resources, hiring employees and more.

            Toll Free: (800) 228-8443, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Carteret County Economic Development Department — Located on the Carteret Community College campus in Morehead City, the Economic Development Department is the primary point of contact for businesses located in Carteret County or for businesses seeking to locate or expand on the Crystal Coast.

            Contact: Don Kirkman, Director, (252) 222-6121,

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