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Small Business Development

downtown_-main_st2_WebWelcome to Oxford, and thank you for considering Oxford as the location of your new business! Starting a new business is both an exciting and a busy time. The following information will assist you with starting your business, and provide you with the proper requirements, fee schedules, contacts and a list of properties available in our historic downtown.

Oxford has many activities and events that help support our Small Businesses. Please visit our City Events page to see what is happening.

If you are a large retailer, restaurant, industry or just need economic information about our community, please visit our other economic development pages including Commercial and Industrial development.

The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation, (DOEDC) is a 501 (c) (3) organization governed by a board of directors with a focus on downtown revitalization and enhancements while preserving the historical character of the business district. DOEDC offers several incentives to businesses specifically interested in locating within Oxford’s Historic Downtown Business District. All applications are reviewed for completeness prior to board submission by DOEDC/City of Oxford Development Director, Mary Yount (919-603-1164). In 2018 the City of Oxford was recommended for accreditation with The National Main Street Program established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2015 the DOEDC and The City of Oxford, in partnership with several stake-holders began the process of creating a Downtown Oxford Master Plan. The goal included becoming a reginal destination, a walkable community, being Granville County’s premier community gathering place with a historic and vibrant downtown with a variety of shops, restaurants, housing and entertainment. The Downtown Master Plan was adopted by the City of Oxford in March 2016. This is the document used to guide the development of the downtown core. Click here for Downtown Master Plan

The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation offers the following incentives and programs specifically located in the Historic Downtown Business District.

The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation offers several incentives for businesses specifically interested in our historic downtown area. Businesses that are making upgrades to the façade of their building can also get design assistance from the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation and the NC Main Street Program.

Business accountant (your choice)
Make this selection early and choose someone whom you like and trust. Your accountant can start the process of applying for federal and state employer identification numbers that are required for all businesses, as well as inform you about the issues surrounding incorporation, should you be considering this option. Processing and forms can take several weeks, so you want to start the process early.

City Planning Department - Cheryl Hart - 919-603-1117
Planning Director Hart can tell you if the business you propose is within the guidelines of the zoning ordinances, and whether any proposed alterations to your building are appropriate. She can also inform you about parking ordinances.

Granville County Planning & Inspections Department (Developmental Services) - 919-603-1326
Granville County Planning Department will inspect your facility and advise you of any ways that your building does not meet building code specifications.

City Privilege License – Stephanie Hanford - 919-603-1126
Based on recent NC legislation, as of July 1, 2015, only businesses selling beer or wine (on or off premise), and taxicabs will be required to obtain a Privilege License and the cost of those fees have remained the same. The full Privilege License Fee Schedule will be updated soon.

North Carolina Department of Revenue
This site will assist you with registering your business for NC state sales tax, business with holdings and business identification (Tax I.D).

Granville County Tax Collections Department - 919-693-4181
This department issues the county privilege license.

Granville County Register of Deeds – 919-693-6314
Bring your certificate of assumed business name to this office located in the Granville County Courthouse. The certificate is issued through Vance Granville Community College, (252-492-2061).

City Water Works – 919-603-1120
If your business is within the city, contact Water Works for the purposes of water, sewer and garbage service.

City Fire Department - Chief David Cottrell - 919-603-1140
Fire Chief Cottrell and the Oxford Fire Department will advise you of the services available to you from the Fire Department, as well as inform you of fire code as it relates to any building alterations.

City Police Department – Chief Alvin Coley - 919-693-3161
Police Chief Coley and the Oxford Police Department will advise you of the protection and other services afforded you by the Oxford Police Department.

Duke Energy Progress - 1-800-452-2777
Duke Energy Progress is the primary provider of electrical power for the City of Oxford. The business office can put you in contact with a local agent if necessary.

PSNC Energy of North Carolina - 1-877-776-2427
All businesses in the downtown business district have access to natural gas lines and most other areas in the City also have access.

Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments - 252-436-2040

In addition to conventional bank financing, the Kerr-Tar COG maintains a revolving loan fund which offers small businesses financing at very affordable rates. Call the KTRCOG for full details.

Vance-Granville Community College - 252-738-3240

If you are going into business for the first time, or if you are starting a new business that you have never undertaken before, or if you simply need to acquire new skills because of advancing technology or methods, VGCC Small Business Center can let you know what courses are available to assist you.

Business Link North Carolina - Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a division of the Economic Development Partnership of NC and offers a central source for consultations, information and referrals.