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Durham Tech's Small Business Center
The SOUTHBank Building
Durham County

Phone: 919-536-7241
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As part of the Small Business Center Network, the Small Business Center (SBC) at Durham Tech provides business owners with the information they need for success, including – but not limited to – advice on marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and financial management. The SBC supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses as a community-based provider of business training, counseling, and resource information. The SBC offers the following services at little or no cost:

• Training and technical assistance in starting a business;
• Business skills seminars and courses;
• Confidential counseling to help you develop your business plan or address your business needs;
• Resource and referral services; and
• A Resource Center with business publications and literature.

The Small Business Center is located at the SOUTHBank Building, 400 West Main Street, on the third floor. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday. Please call 919-536-7241 for more information

Small Business Center at Durham Technical Community College: A Wealth of Resources to Develop and Grow Your Business

Small Business Center Courses

Presented within a classroom environment, these hands-on courses offer a wide range of specific small business topics, along with the opportunity to apply this new information immediately. Courses are held at the Small Business Center in the SOUTHBank Building in Durham or at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough. Call 919-536-7241 or visit for more information.

Important Note: Preregistration for all courses is required and must be completed by the Thursday of the week prior to the start of each course. If preregistration enrollment is low, classes may be canceled.

Small Business Center Seminars

These two- to three-hour free seminars cover a wide range of small business topics. Most of these seminars are held at the Small Business Center located at the SOUTHBank Building in Durham or at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough. Call 919-536-7241 or visit for more information.

Important Note: Our Small Business Seminars are now free. Preregistration is strongly encouraged and allows the SBC to contact you regarding any changes (inclement weather, location, cancellations, etc.). We also encourage you to come early to secure your seat, since seating is limited.

Durham County seminars are offered in partnership with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Orange County seminars are offered in partnership with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber, the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber and Chapel Hill SCORE.

Business Over Lunch (BOL) Seminars are offered in partnership with the NC Women’s Business Center.

Next Level Growth Series sessions are offered in partnership with the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the SBTDC, and the NC Women’s Business Center.

Small Business Center Counseling

The Small Business Center provides free, confidential counseling services for new and existing business owners. We become your "partner" for business success by helping you develop your business concepts and find solutions to your challenges.

To schedule a session, please call 919-536-7241, ext. 4501, or fill out a request for a counseling session online.

Small Business Center's Resources

The Resource Center in the Small Business Center (SBC) has business books, magazines, newspapers, and other literature filled with valuable information on various business topics, industries, and the local community. The Resource Center (open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday) is also a thriving and inviting environment for entrepreneurs needing a quiet spot to work on their businesses.

Information boards located at the SBC provide information about upcoming entrepreneurial events provided by SBC and other organizations within the community. For information purposes only, SBC also provides several methods for delivering information about resources, goods, and services for small businesses within the community, such as accounting, graphic designs, and legal services.

Theme-focused special events offer clients and other constituents the opportunity to learn from industry experts through panel discussions and one-on-one sessions. For example, at NC LEAP Day, entrepreneurs talk privately to business and intellectual property attorneys for 30 minutes at no charge.

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Upcoming Events this Fall 2015

NOTE: If you are looking for more Seminars can be found them by clicking on the link below entitled Find More Events (above the map).

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Find out what it takes to start your own business. Explore legal entities, business license requirements, business plans, marketing strategies, funding programs, grant opportunities, and much more. Taught by Melissa Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Start or grow your business in strong financial shape by learning how to obtain, review, and understand your personal credit report; how to significantly increase your credit score in as little as 90 days; how to rapidly reduce or eliminate debt; and how to successfully negotiate with creditors to lower your interest rates. Leave ready to play the credit game to win. Taught by Greg Frank, Financial Fitness Center.
Speaker: Greg Frank, Financial Fitness Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting your own business may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not too hard if you take it step by step. Learn the steps you need to take to make your dream become a reality. Our consultant has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs across the state in starting, marketing, and managing a business. Taught by Jess McLamb, Roper Bookkeeping.
Speaker: Jess McLamb, Roper Bookkeeping
Friday, October 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Whether manufacturing your product at home or in a facility, good manufacturing practices helps business owners to become more efficient while staying within rules and regulations. This seminar will provide a very basic general overview introducing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that apply to food, beverage, and natural product companies. Taught by Sarah Schober, North Carolina Bio Network.
Speaker: Sarah Schober, North Carolina Bio Network
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Come learn the four most important characteristics necessary for success, how to effectively motivate yourself, and keep the motivation going. Participants will developed their own personal, written, five-year plan of goals to accomplish, when to accomplish them by and the steps to achieve them. Taught by Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success.
Speaker: Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you a startup or existing entrepreneur wondering how you should develop your business idea? Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model into a one-page document. With your one-page business model, you can develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively. Day sections taught by LaShon Harley, SBC; evening sections taught by Carl Baumann, Chapel Hill SCORE
Speaker: Carl Baumann
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