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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 From Fall 2016 to 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).

Start-up Assistance

Monday, January 23, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come and learn what it takes to start your own salon business from an experienced salon and spa entrepreneur. Taught by Miki Wright, Miki Wright Business Training.
Speaker: Miki Wright, Miki Wright Business Training
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Effective December 1, 2016, the Overtime rules and regulations will change which employees can be classified as exempt. Come and learn about the Overtime Final Rule, what you need to know as an employer and how it can affect your strategic planning. Taught by Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus.
Speaker: Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus
Friday, January 27, 2017 11:00 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 or strategic plan more efficiently and effectively.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
If you think the time is right to start a business, your key is to create a winning business plan. Learn how to easily create a simple business plan by reviewing which parts of the plan must be created in specific ways, which parts of the plan bankers focus on, and what the overall plan must look like.
Speaker: Taught by Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday Company.
Location: Webinar, Online
Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Starting a new venture can be daunting. Everything from managing payroll to garnering customers can be challenging. A first step to launching on the right foot involves picking the right entity type to incorporate your business. This decision 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. In this session, a representative from the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office can provide general rules of the road on Incorporation and Filings and Responsibilities.
Speaker: Leo John, NC Department of Secretary of State
Location: Webinar, Online
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 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.
Location: Webinar, Online
Friday, February 24, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Building and understanding your social business model is a critical first step in the business planning process, especially to identify the two customer segments of your nonprofit. Learn how to design and analyze your social business model into a one–page document for each customer segment. With your social business models, you can develop your business plan, strategic plan or respond to grant applications more efficiently and effectively.
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