Business Resources

Our community and metro area is blessed to have abundant business partners and support organizations providing detailed information and assistance to businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to established, larger corporations. Below you will find links and some descriptions of such organizations. The list is impressive and can be overwhelming, so please contact us for any needed assistance or guidance.

Doing Business in Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest’s extensive information on everything businesses need to know

Starting a Business in Wake Forest
The Wake Forest Planning Department’s easy-to-follow flow chart designed to help local landowners, architects, engineers, developers, and other interested parties understand all phases of the development review process in the corporate limits and extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the Town of Wake Forest.

Unified Development Ordinance
The Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) was officially adopted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The UDO combines into a single document the town’s existing zoning, subdivision, land use, grading, storm water management, and historic preservation regulations.  

Starting a Business in Wake County
The Wake County Government’s step-by-step guide to starting a business in Wake County

Thrive in North Carolina
Where company executives and site selectors can find all of the tools needed to help a company succeed in NC. is published by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state's lead economic development agency. 

Starting a Business in NC
Thrive in NC’s step-by-step guide and abundant resources on starting a business in NC.

Small Business Center Network (SBCN)
A program of the North Carolina Community College System, SBCN offers a very wide range of programs and services for existing and prospective business owners. 

Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce
The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce serves its members by encouraging profitable enterprise and social progress for the benefit of the Wake Forest Area community.

Town of Wake Forest
A complete resource for the Town of Wake Forest for residents, business owners, government, future residents & business owners and more.

Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation
From art galleries and specialty shops to coffee companies and consignment boutiques, Downtown Wake Forest is a vibrant, charming, historical and happening place to visit, live and do business.

Wake Technical Community College
Provides resources, training, and counseling to help new or established businesses grow and thrive through a comprehensive range of cost-effective and convenient education and services.

Wake Tech Small Business Center
A state-funded organization which is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina  and provides small business owners with information they need for starting or expanding a small business through confidential, one-on-one counseling along with various seminars, workshops, classes, and access to a resource library at zero or minimal cost to the participant.

North Carolina 2015 Economic Development Guide
"Building on a Brand" - The Governor's blueprint for making this an even better place for businesses to be. Includes case studies: Why Lenovo, Apple, Google, Metlife have planned a future here. Also includes economic data on all 100 counties.

More Business Partners and Resources in the Metro Area

Wake County Economic Development
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina Chamber
North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Research Triangle Foundation
Council for Entrepreneurial Development
North Carolina Technology Association
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center
North Carolina State Centennial Campus
North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service
Women's Business Center of NC
Business Resources for Women
U.S. Small Business Administration
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Wake Area Business Advisory Council
First Flight Venture Center

Contact Us

Wake Forest Economic Development

301 S. Brooks Street

Wake Forest, NC 27587


News & Blog Posts

Wake Forest among top 10 fastest growing cities in NC!

July 11, 2016

Wake Forest is one of the top 10 cities in NC with the largest population increases between 2010 and 2015.  The 10 cities with the largest population increases between 2010 and 2015 contain 25% of the state’s total population but make up half of the total population growth over the five-year period. 

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