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Downtown Sanford welcomes you and aims to support you however we can. Here you'll find area information and maps, grant and tax opportunities for businesses, general links and more.

Main Street

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Downtown Sanford is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.


Downtown Sanford is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  Downtown Sanford is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.

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Owners and tenants of any commercial building located within the municipal service district are eligible to apply for the Building Improvement Grant.

Preservation Credit

North Carolina preservation state tax credits have made rehabilitations of historic buildings in North Carolina more attractive than ever before.

More about North Carolina Historic Preservation State & Federal Tax Credits


Real Investment in Sanford Entrepreneurs

So, you are thinking about starting a new business? Or you have been in business less than two years? Running your own business is exciting and sometimes overwhelming and we want to make it as smooth as possible.


If you love our Downtown and want to be part of the team that moves the needle forward, we’d love to have your energy and efforts!