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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.

Online Request for Counseling


Events Coming Up For 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

Thursday, December 03, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Are you ready to go global? Is there an international market for your products or services? Learn the fundamentals of on how to get started in international trade to export your products or services abroad. Taught by Alex Viva, Small Business Technology Development Center.
Speaker: Alex Viva
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
What does it mean to be a “certified” minority- or woman-owned business? What is required to receive this designation, and how will it help you grow your business? Learn about the various government and private entities that provide certifications and have programs to support Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certifications. Discover how to use these certification programs to boost your business. Taught by Briles Johnson, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Briles Johnson, Women’s Business Center.

Business Basics

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Using real-life stories, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs learn the common mistakes made during the business planning process for startup, emerging, and existing businesses that are revealed in the written plan. Entrepreneurs gain an understanding of the potential effects of these mistakes and how to avoid them. Taught by Joe Battle, Success 360i.
Speaker: Joe Battle, Success 360i.


Monday, December 07, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Food growers can verify their production and handling practices are in accordance with recommended safety guidelines through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. Learn basic information about GAP certification and an overview of the USDA GAP Audit process. Taught by Vincent Wyche, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Speaker: Vincent Wyche, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
So you have your accountant or accounting software program generate your financial statements, but what do they mean? This seminar helps entrepreneurs understand balance sheets, income or profit/loss statements, and statements of cash flows, as well as the secrets they may hold to your business’s success. Taught by Joe Battle, Success 360i.
Speaker: Joe Battle, Success 360i.

Customer Relations

Monday, November 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Are you getting enough visitors to your website? Are those visitors becoming customers? Come learn strategies on how to get more visitors to your website and then turn them into new and repeating customers. Taught by David Mooring, BurlapSky, Inc.
Speaker: David Mooring, BurlapSky, Inc


On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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