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As a Main Street Organization, the Uptown Shelby Association is dedicated to economic vitality. We work to build a diverse economic base, catalyze new investment that makes sense for our district, and cultivate a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our broader community and state partners make this achievable, and we have dedicated this corner of our website to providing new, existing, and potential businesses with some of the resources they may need to get started in our district. 

If you have specific questions, you are always welcome to reach out to our office! 

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New Business Guide - PDF Download, 28.8 MB File Size

Our New Business Guide includes a number of beneficial resources for entrepreneurs who are just getting started and for seasoned owners looking to expand into the Uptown Shelby District. This packet includes demographic information, a checklist to help make sure bases are covered, and important phone numbers and websites to help you find more in-depth information (plus lots more!). 


There are a number of local, state, and national resources that new and existing businesses can contact for assistance and information. Though many of the groups listed here are close partners of the Uptown Shelby Association, we are not affiliated with these groups in any way, unless otherwise noted.

Small Business Center at

Cleveland Community College

1800 E. Marion St, Shelby, NC 28152

Phone: 704-669-4146


City of Shelby – Planning & Development Services Department

(includes building inspections)

315 S. Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-6829


City of Shelby – Fire Department

506 E Grover St, Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-6835


City of Shelby – Utilities

Phone: 704-484-6866


U.S. Small Business Administration

Asheville Office

Phone: 704-344-6563


Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership

1750 E. Marion St, Shelby, NC 28152

Phone: 704-669-4703


Cleveland County Chamber

200 S. Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-487-8521

Cleveland County Cooperative Extension Service

Phone: 704-482-04365


Cleveland County Health Department

Phone: 704-484-5100


NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

Phone: 919-779-0700


North Carolina Secretary of State

Phone: 919-814-5400


North Carolina Department of Commerce

– Starting Your Business

Phone: 800-228-8443


NC Business License Information Center

Phone: 800-228-8443


Economic Development Partnership of

North Carolina

Phone: 919-447-7777


US Department of Agriculture – Shelby Office

Phone: 704-471-0235

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