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

Phone: 919-536-7241
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Small Business Center at Durham Technical Community College: A Wealth of Resources to Develop and Grow Your Business
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 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 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. 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.

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.

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. 4502, or click the link below.

Online Request for Counseling


Events For Spring 2017

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 21, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Various issues can arise if a nonprofit does not have proper systems in place to administer and clearly account for grant dollars received. Come learn tips that keep you out of trouble with foundational and federal grant providers. Taught by Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice Inc.
Speaker: Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice Inc.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 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.
Location: Online
Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar provides information including, but not limited to, whether or not you are ready, questions to answer prior to starting the business, where business ideas come from, governmental requirements, and available resources. This session is the perfect place to bring all your nonprofit startup questions.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come and learn the most common employment law mistakes entrepreneurs and business owners make. Taught by Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus.
Speaker: Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus
Friday, March 31, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
If your business is on social media you know that graphics and the message are important. But, how do you create your own branded graphics? This course is hands–on and will teach basic techniques with multiple platforms to help entrepreneurs and business owners brand their business with graphics. Learning objectives: • Create a profile and cover photo for your existing social media accounts • Additional sites, tools, and tips to help in creating graphics for each social platform • Listing of free stock photo sites and ideas for content creation for your brand Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc
Friday, March 31, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Want to design a website, but don't know where to start? Have a website and want to start over? All Businesses need an online presence and "Websites Made Easy" will help entrepreneurs and business owners create winning site. This interactive workshop will help you to do the following: • Review multiple site options • Understand the differences in Blogs, Traditional Sites, and Landing Pages • Create content that uses keywords and reinforces SEO Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
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Durham NC 27701
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