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

Phone: 919-536-7241
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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 SBC offers the following services at little or no cost:

• Training and technical assistance in starting a business;
• Business skills seminars and courses;
• Confidential counseling to help you develop your business plan or address your business needs;
• Resource and referral services; and
• A Resource Center with business publications and literature.

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 at Durham Technical Community College: A Wealth of Resources to Develop and Grow Your Business

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. Call 919-536-7241 or visit www.durhamtech.edu/sbc for more information.

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.

Durham County seminars are offered in partnership with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Orange County seminars are offered in partnership with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber, the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber and Chapel Hill SCORE.

Business Over Lunch (BOL) Seminars are offered in partnership with the NC Women’s Business Center.

Next Level Growth Series sessions are offered in partnership with the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the SBTDC, and the NC Women’s Business Center.

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. 4501, or fill out a request for a counseling session online.

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.

Theme-focused special events offer clients and other constituents the opportunity to learn from industry experts through panel discussions and one-on-one sessions. For example, at NC LEAP Day, entrepreneurs talk privately to business and intellectual property attorneys for 30 minutes at no charge.





Online Request for Counseling

Events

Upcoming Events for Spring 2015


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, April 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What are the issues affecting small business? What are the benchmarks that businesses should be using? Is my business running efficiently and effectively? What books are recommended for entrepreneurs to read and/or reference? Where can you get assistance with issues specific to your company? Or are those issues specific to only your business? Come and discuss the answers to these and other questions with other business owners and business advisors in a roundtable format. Seating is limited.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 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.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 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.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 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.

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
If you think the time is right to start a business, you must create a winning business plan. Learn how to easily create a simple business plan by reviewing which parts of the plan that must be created in specific ways, which parts of the plan bankers focus on, and what the overall plan must look like. Taught by Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday Company.
Speaker: Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday Company
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Get answers to your startup questions about business formation, financing, contracts, employment issues, and leasing commercial property, as well as practical advice on best practices and minimizing business risks. Learn the advantages and costs of the different business entities, including sole proprietorship, partnership, C Corp, S Corp, LLC, and L3C. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer or an attorney from NC LEAP
Speaker: Donna Ray Berkelhammer or an attorney from NC LEAP
Monday, May 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Using real-life stories, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs learn the common mistakes made during the business planning process for startup, emerging, and existing businesses that are revealed in the written plan. Entrepreneurs gain an understanding of the potential effects of these mistakes and how to avoid them. Taught by Joe Battle, ISYSIS.
Speaker: Joe Battle, ISYSIS
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Location

400 West Main Street, 3rd Floor
Durham NC 27701
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