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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. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Evening hours by Appointment Only. 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 or Main Campus 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 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. Seminars are also available as Webinars. 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. We also encourage you to preregister for webinars early to ensure you receive webinar access information in timely manner.

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. –  5 p.m., Monday –  Friday) is also a thriving and inviting environment for entrepreneurs needing a quiet spot to work on their businesses. After 5 pm hours are available by appointment and when an evening course or seminar is being held at the SOUTHBank Building.

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 go to, click the link below, or call 919-536-7241, ext. 4502.

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Events for Summer & Fall 2017

NOTE: More Seminars can be found them by clicking on the link below entitled Find More Events (above the map).

Friday, September 22, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Is your company name important to you? Did you spend time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners that answer yes should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect the business brand. North Carolina’s trademarks registry is administered by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Come and learn the various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits and pitfalls of trademarks. 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
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 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 Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.
Speaker: Woodforest National Bank
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
Friday, September 29, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Come and learn the latest tips and strategies to create and maintain a flourishing, engaged board of directors. Learn essentials of board roles and responsibilities, tips on successful board recruitment, board structure, communication best practices, and steps to increase board engagement throughout your fundraising, donor and community engagement initiatives. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey
Friday, September 29, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Come and learn why it’s important to connect with and develop a long-term relationship with your donors and volunteers. Specifically, gain insight on how to cultivate and steward your donor base through year-round engagement opportunities, assess the value of donor recognition books, appreciation gifts, sponsored events, as well as if donor giving societies are a good fit for your organization. Lastly, learn how to cultivate these groups on a year-round basis, and how to create a vibrant volunteer program. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey
Friday, September 29, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Are you putting all your proverbial eggs in one basket? Social entrepreneurs hesitant of investing in newer techniques often miss out on opportunities to grow their revenue streams. They also run the risk of reduced support from traditional funding sources. Come and learn how to recognize the value and need to embrace and employ balanced, diversified fundraising models. Explore traditional, non-traditional, and digital/social media-based fundraising techniques successful nonprofits are using to increase revenue streams in today’s challenging world. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey
Monday, October 02, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Need road map to help start your business? Planning to expand your business? Need to get funding? The business plan can be the answer to all these questions. Come and lean how to take your idea from thought to document detailing the key components explain how to organize and implement the plan. Taught by LaShon A. Harley
Speaker: LaShon A. Harley
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