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All businesses operating in the town of Scotland Neck must now hold a business license.

Prior to opening a business, a business license must be applied for through the town.

Effective December 1, the town adopted a business license ordinance which includes an annual $10 fee. 

The ordinance was presented by the Scotland Neck Business Association as a way for the town to manage and monitor businesses.

Scotland Neck Business Association President Brent Lubbock hopes the town’s business license ordinance will help fund small projects to attract more people to Scotland Neck.

The business license ordinance requires business owners to complete a Business Acknowledgment form at the town hall. 

This will allow staff and the code enforcement officer the ability to welcome entrepreneurs to the area. 

In addition, staff can work with business owners to promote Scotland Neck and growth within the town.

Town officials are updating the town’s website so everyone can learn more about the ordinance. There will be information for new business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to start new businesses in Scotland Neck.

“Tommy Parker and I consulted with other towns and we worked on the ordinance so that it would best fit the needs of this community,” Lubbock said. “It will help the town monitor business growth in our town and the money will be spent to improve the look of our town to attract more people here.”

Town Administrator Charles Basiey said money from the applications will be placed in a fund for beautification projects and to help fund events for the community.  

Scotland Neck Business Association encourages business owners to join their efforts in 2020. Parker said their goal is to support businesses in Scotland Neck and to make Scotland Neck look as welcoming as it feels. "We don't want people to pass through," he said. "We want people to stop and see what a great community this is."