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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
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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 www.durhamtech.edu/sbc 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

Events for Summer & Fall 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).




Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM 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 Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Come and get answers to your startup questions from an attorney about business formation. Learn the advantages and costs of the different business entities, including sole proprietorship, partnership, C Corp, S Corp, LLC, and nonprofit. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction.
Speaker: Donna Ray Berkelhammer
Friday, September 08, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Starting a new venture can be daunting. Everything from managing payroll to garnering customers can be challenging. Launching on the right foot involves picking the right entity type to incorporate your business which can affect everything from future fundraising plans to the level of risk you may personally face. Once incorporated, the business has certain filings and responsibilities it is required to maintain. The N.C. Secretary of State provides many resources including online forms, resource guides and e-mail alerts to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with incorporation. Come and learn the general rules of the road on Incorporation and Filings and Responsibilities. Taught by Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State, Raleigh. This seminar is part of the SOSNC Business Education Series. NOTE: The Frontier@RTP has a Food Truck Rodeo every Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. So grab your lunch and bring it to the seminar.
Speaker: Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State
Monday, September 11, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sports and Entertainment Businesses are not typical service- or product-oriented businesses-they tend to focus more on the personality associated with the entertainment or sport. It is imperative that the business is set up and managed to recognize the personality as the business product, the legal issues associated with a personality product, and the best ways to protect and manage business assets, relationships, and liabilities. Come and learn industry best practices, red flags to watch out for, and will walk away with a step-by-step plan to start their sports and entertainment business. Taught by Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC.
Speaker: Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Monday, September 11, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sports and Entertainment Businesses are not typical service- or product-oriented businesses-they tend to focus more on the personality associated with the entertainment or sport. It is imperative that the business is set up and managed to recognize the personality as the business product, the legal issues associated with a personality product, and the best ways to protect and manage business assets, relationships, and liabilities. Come and learn industry best practices, red flags to watch out for, and will walk away with a step-by-step plan to start their sports and entertainment business. Taught by Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Speaker: Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Come and learn how to distinguish the myths and realities of small business ownership. Start a self-assessment to determine their readiness to become business owners. Set a plan of action gathering feedback from family, friends and potential customers. Taught by Paul Licary, Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored with Woodforest National Bank.
Location: Webinar, Online
Thursday, September 14, 2017 , 8 sessions ending Thursday, November 02
Participants in this popular 8-week course examine in detail how to develop a business idea, perform market analysis, and then write a business plan. Gain knowledge from hands-on activities. REAL NOTE: Students should have a business idea to be used throughout the course. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 30 hours. $125 Note: Students should be proficient users of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet, which will be used extensively throughout this course to complete assignments. 58486 Th 9/14-11/2 6:30 – 8:30 pm SBB (September 7) Online 9/14-11/2
Speaker: La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Location: Webinar, Online
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Durham NC 27701
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