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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 2016

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, May 10, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Developed a new product? Learn the crucial points of protecting a business’s or an organization’s valuable intangible assets through basic information about patents. Taught by NC LEAP Attorney.
Speaker: NC LEAP Attorney.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
NEW Date Coming Soon.........Have a logo? Slogan? Sound? Learn the crucial points of protecting a business’s or an organization’s valuable intangible assets through basic information about trademarks. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction.
Speaker: Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Will Be RESCHEDULED! This seminar introduces valuable online business and market research tools available through NC LIVE. These FREE resources are available through all local public, community college, and university libraries throughout North Carolina.


Tuesday, May 03, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Have you ever wondered How can I find grants for my business? This hands-on workshop will provide information on how to search and identify grants for your business and to navigate the grant seeking process. Participants should have understanding of basic computer and Internet skills. Taught by Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice Inc.
Speaker: Rick Leggett, Excellence
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs offers an overview of financing options for new or existing business. Outside funding options, including commercial bank loans, SBA-backed loans, and sources of equity capital are covered.
Speaker: Taught by Melissa Terrell, The Women’s Business Center.
Location: Online
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 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, May 09, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Twitter is a great resource and marketing tool for small businesses that know how to use its power. This hands-on workshop will teach you the following: • How to start a page from scratch with an enhanced profile • How to use hashtags to garner attention for your brand • How to create lists and engage influencers • How to gain new followers with proven applications Taught by Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
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