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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 for Spring 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).

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One of the best ways to protect a business from legal liability is to have contracts in place, including confidentiality agreements, service contracts, sales contracts, etc. Learn tips for creating contracts, as well as what makes a contract valid. This seminar is a must for startup and existing business owners. Taught by Jonathan Seiglie,
Speaker: Jonathan Seiglie,
Monday, April 06, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Still avoiding social media? Trying it out but failing to see the value? Or simply wondering what the hype is about? Learn how your business may (or may not) benefit from using sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yelp. We’ll cover best practices and potential strategies, and we’ll look at a few case studies. Bring your unanswered questions, as there will be plenty of time for Q&A. Taught by David Mooring, BurlapSky Inc.
Speaker: David Mooring, BurlapSky Inc
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Have a logo? Slogan? Website? Original artwork? Secret recipe? Have you written a book? Developed a new product? Learn the crucial points of protecting a business’s or an organization’s valuable intangible assets through basic information about copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer or an attorney from NC LEAP.
Speaker: attorney from NC LEAP
Monday, May 04, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Establishing an online presence for your business doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re just getting started or are ready to take your strategy to the next level, there are cost-effective solutions for you. Come find out what’s new in the world of online marketing, how you can take advantage of the changing landscape, and seven tips you can use immediately. Taught by David Mooring, BurlapSky Inc.
Speaker: David Mooring, BurlapSky Inc

Start-up Assistance

Monday, March 02, 2015 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Sunday, April 26
Have a business idea but need to know the quickest way to successfully launch it? This dynamic online course helps students conceive, test, and create a new business venture around a unique idea following principles from Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup, and Customer Development methodologies. Students should be proficient users of the Internet, which will be used extensively throughout this course to complete assignments. The course fee includes $35 for course materials, which is nonrefundable. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 24 hours. $105
Monday, March 02, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
What would be the best small business for you to start right now? Focus on three areas: how to create a business idea that fits you, “hot” businesses that will grow in coming years, and five easy-to-use steps to starting a business. Learn about more than 30 types of businesses with growth potential. Taught by Mike Collins, Perfect Workday Inc.
Speaker: Mike Collins, Perfect Workday Inc
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 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.
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