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Getting Started

Isothermal Community College Small Business Center supports business development by providing training, counseling, and resource information.  For information on locations available in Rutherfordton, please call Rutherford Town Revitalization at (828) 287-2071.


Isothermal Community College Small Business Center :
Rutherford County Economic Development:
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce:

Complementing the small town quality of life is the desirable growth of technological infrastructure in the area.  Fiber optic cable is present in Rutherfordton to allow for high speed internet service.   The area is also home to a Facebook Data Center and the NC State Data Center and the technological infrastructure needed to support the facility can also be attractive to other high-tech industries as well.  The technological demands of the 21st century economy are being met in Rutherfordton. 

Zoning / Ordinances

Prior to beginning any renovations or construction of signs or buildings, it is beneficial to review the local zoning codes and ordinances.

If you are planning to relocate or open a new business in the Town, contact the Zoning Code Enforcement Officer at (828) 287-7367 or Town Hall at (828)-287-3520 for assistance.

Municipal Service District (MSD) Tax or “Main Street Tax”

This tax contributes to the revitalization program to enhance the quality of downtown Rutherfordton by improving the physical, environmental, and business conditions in the downtown area. Bills are sent out in August, due in September, and interest begins accruing in January. The current municipal service tax rate is 13 ¢ per $100 of value. To review a map of the area included in this District, click here.