Starting and Owning a Local Business

COVID - 19 Business Update

The City's Office of Business Development Staff is committed to assisting our local businesses through the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has compiled a number of resources available to assist local businesses:

Please contact Business Services Manager Dave Leonetti at (828) 261-2227 or with any questions about available resources. 

The City of Hickory's Office of Business Development is committed to assisting startup and existing businesses by connecting them to partner resources and helping them navigate through the process of opening, maintaining, or expanding a business in Hickory. If you are starting a business or already have a business and want to connect with resources in the community, below are links to resources for both starting and owning a business.  Hickory has an entrepreneurial spirit and the City, in conjunction with local partners, wants to make starting a business and business ownership as simple as possible.

City staff is available to answer questions about City processes and available programs for new and existing businesses. Please contact Business Services Manager Dave Leonetti at (828) 261-2227 or to schedule an appointment or request information about starting or operating a business in Hickory. 

State and Local Resources:

Higher Education Resources:

Permit Center Information

If you are ready to open a new business or are looking at making changes to your existing business location, contact the Permit Center at (828) 323-7410 to discuss what steps and permits are necessary to move forward with your plans. More resources relevant to opening and operating a business in the City of Hickory can be found below:


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