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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 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

On Demand, available until June 30
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
On Demand, available until June 30
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 startup questions.
Speaker: LaShon Harley, Small Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until July 01
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 Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Location: Online

Business Basics

On Demand, available until June 30
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.
Speaker: LaShon A. Harley, Small Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until July 01
Learn the key elements of a successful business plan, how to develop one, and why it's important! Find out how to outline your plan, craft a mission statement, analyze the market and the industry, create a financial plan, and locate resources. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online

Marketing and Sales

On Demand, available until June 30
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low-cost and explore creative ways to promote your business without breaking the bank or your budget. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until June 30
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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Location

400 West Main Street, 3rd Floor
Durham NC 27701
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