Welcome to Wendell Economic Development

The Town of Wendell, North Carolina has experienced moderate growth in recent years. The Town’s population growth, combined with an availability of land, access to I-87, and proximity to Raleigh, competitively position Wendell as a location for the next wave of development within the Research Triangle Park region. With the recent growth, the Town has become more attractive to young professionals, families and retirees looking for a place to call home with proximity to everything the region offers. With the recent growth, the time is right to develop a new economic development strategic plan. The Economic Development Assessment completed in June of 2019 serves as the basis of the strategic plan.

This economic development plan will serve as a framework for the Town’s economic development effort. The goal of the plan is to build a plan that adapts to trends in economic development, resilient to changes in economic conditions and creates a foundation to ensure a sustainable and long-term growth that enriches Wendell’s economic and tax base.

 Economic Development Strategic Plan

Click here or the image above to access the Economic Development Strategic Plan

If you don't find something that you need, please don't hesitate to contact us in the Planning Department at (919) 365-4448. 


How do I start a business in Wendell? 

Contact the Planning Department for more information on how to start a business in Wendell. Visit us at 15 E. Fourth Street, Wendell, NC, call us at (919) 365-4448 or attain information online here. 

How can I gain information on incentives available to prospective businesses? 

Visit our business incentive webpage here for more details. 

How can I connect with the Wendell Economic Development Committee? 

Go on the Economic Development Committee webpage here to get information such as committee member information, meeting dates, agendas, minutes, etc. 

How can I find information on the Economic Development Strategic Plan for the Town of Wendell? 
Visit the Economic Development webpage here. 

The following is a list of trusted local and regional partners: 

Wake County Economic Development 

Wendell Chamber of Commerce

Town of Wendell

Official Travel & Tourism North Carolina Website


Wake Tech Small Business Center (offers free counseling & seminars for small business owners)

UNC School of Government: Development Finance Initiative

Town of Wendell business incentive programs and policies: 

Downtown Facade Grant Program

Large Business Incentive Policy

Other Incentives:

Wake County Economic Development Incentives

State of North Carolina Incentives

Small Business Resource Center

The Small Business Resource Center will house the following services to provide greater assistance to prospective small business owners looking to expand or relocate to Wendell. 


For questions on available information, please stop by or contact us at (919) 365-4448. 



Where will you locate?

  • Do you want to build a new structure?
  • Do you plan to lease an existing building, suite, or office space?
  • Are you thinking about working from your home?

Factors to think about:

  • Is the zoning of the location appropriate for the proposed business?
  • re there zoning conditions or site plan restrictions on the property where you wish to locate your business?
  • Are there building code restrictions within a building, suite, or office space that would limit your business operations?
  • Will you need to renovate the interior and/or exterior of an existing building or space? If so, how long will the plan approval And renovations take?
  • Will there be enough available parking on-site? If leasing, does the landlord guarantee a certain number of parking spaces per tenant space?
  • Are there requirements from other agencies, such as ABC permits for sale of alcoholic beverages or food safety permits/inspections from Environmental Health?