The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Hickory region is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $18 per sqft per year.
In the last 90 days, 15 listings have been made available, which means listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 293% of the available leases in the Hickory are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,500 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1985 and are Class A.