Forming a Business

Forming A Business In North Carolina

Having business aspirations is what drives the American dream. You want to change the world, be in charge and make a positive impact — but before you can make these hopes become a reality, the law requires that you jump through a few hoops.

North Carolina is known for supporting a thriving culture of entrepreneurs that enrich the state and its people. As leading members of the Wayne County and Goldsboro business communities since 1914, we here at Dees, Smith, Powell, Jarrett, Dees & Jones, LLP, understand the critical importance of getting started on the right foot. Our experienced business law attorneys have been powering companies’ strong beginnings for decades — we have what it takes to help you form a business you can be proud to call your own.


Think starting a business is as simple as filling out some forms and paying a few fees? Although anyone can technically form an enterprise by completing the appropriate paperwork, there’s a massive difference between creating a successful company and a failed venture. Every formation choice you make affects your future tax burdens, legal liability and ownership rights. It’s critical to get the right information when you’re:

  • Forming a business and continuation plans
  • Trying to hire employees and stay compliant with regulations
  • Setting up bank accounts
  • Drafting articles of incorporation, charters and other founding documents
  • Filing paperwork with the secretary of state
  • Choosing a type of business entity, such as an LLC, S-corporation or partnership

Talking to an attorney at Dees, Smith, Powell, Jarrett, Dees & Jones, LLP, can make it much easier to establish a business entity that can survive the challenges you’ll inevitably confront. While your success ultimately depends on you, we’re confident in our ability to help you level the playing field.


When you want to create a startup, it can be hard to wait. After all, your dreams are tantalizingly close, so why stop now? While it’s good to keep your drive strong, motivation isn’t enough by itself. You need to ensure that you follow the correct legal procedures so you don’t face fines or butt heads later with zoning ordinances or licensing requirements.