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Business Resources

Starting A Business Guide

Are you considering starting a business in Downtown Williamston? Starting a new business can be an exciting experience. However, before you can open the doors and get started, several approvals and permits are necessary. Use this as a guide to aid you when thinking about opening a business. Below are resources that can assist you on your journey.

Developing a business plan is an essential component when starting a business. The following tabs will provide guidance on your business idea, potential target audience, and marketing strategies to implement once your plan is complete. By taking a strategic approach, you can significantly increase your chances of success.


Williamston Town Hall

If you plan to purchase or own land for your business, it's crucial to know the property's zoning. The type of business you intend to open may or may not be permitted to operate depending on the zoning of the property. Additionally, businesses are required to obtain a zoning permit before opening.


To learn more about zoning regulations, please contact the Planning department of the Town of Williamston at:

(252) 792-5142


Martin County Building Inspections

Building Inspections Office

If you plan to change the use of a building, such as turning a clothing store into a restaurant, you may need to obtain a change of use permit. Before opening, the building must undergo an inspection to ensure it complies with all building codes. Any modifications made to the interior or exterior of the building must have a permit. Additionally, any additions made to an existing structure will require a zoning permit.


To learn more about building permit regulations, please contact the Martin County's Building Inspectors office at:

(252) 789-4310

Additional Resources

Williamston Downtown Inc. Grants

Downtown building and business owners in Williamston can benefit from available grants aimed at preserving the historic value of buildings and enhancing business features. These grants include the Building Improvement Reimbursement Grant and the Vibrancy Grant, both of which are ideal for maintaining the downtown area's charm and vibrancy.

Martin County Community College Small Business Center

Martin Community College's Small Business Center provides exceptional training, counseling, and resources to the community. It's one of 58 esteemed centers in North Carolina, dedicated to supporting businesses and individuals alike.

Martin County Economic Development  Corporation

The Martin County Economic Development Corporation is responsible for leading the recruitment of businesses in Martin County and its municipalities. They assist companies of all sizes and are open to helping any organization seeking an ideal location to establish or expand their facilities.

Martin County Chamber of Commerce

The Martin County Chamber of Commerce is is a membership-based non-profit organization that supports and collaborates with member businesses to maintain the economic, civic, and cultural well-being of Martin County.

Available Properties

114-120 Washington St (For Sale or Lease)

There are four buildings in the Martin Supply Property, which altogether cover an area of over 25,000 square feet. The first building, known as "The York," is a two-story structure with a mezzanine and a floor space of 8,700 square feet. The second building, called "The Martin," is also a two-story structure and has a total area of 6,700 square feet. Building 3, known as "The Farmer," is a two-story building and occupies an area of 6,500 square feet. Finally, Building 4, or "The Railroad Depot," is a one-story warehouse designed like a barn and covers an area of 4,350 square feet.

Contact Information:

Contact: Robin Fleming, Fleming Properties Inc.

Phone: (919) 215-5621

List Your Property

If you're looking to sell or rent out your property, you can advertise it on our website, which caters to commercial, residential, development, and mixed-use properties. Keep in mind, though, that we only accept listings for properties within the Commercial Business District. To get started, please fill out the form below with all the necessary information about your building.

List Your Property!

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Thank you for listing your building. Please allow us 3 - 5 business days to process your listing

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