Small Business Center Free Seminars

These two- to three-hour seminars cover a wide range of small business topics. Most of these seminars are held at Durham Tech’s Small Business Center, located in the SOUTHBank Building in Durham or at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough.

Small Business seminars are free. Registration is strongly encouraged. Registration 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 of Commerce, the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber of Commerce and Chapel Hill SCORE.

Business Over Lunch (BOL) Seminars (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) 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’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the NC Women’s Business Center.

Meet the Counselors!

Meet the counselors at the Small Business Center — Director, Guest Counselors, North Carolina Military Business Center, and Entrepreneur-in-Action Instructor — on Tuesday, May 5, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Location: Small Business Center, Durham Technical Community College, 3rd Floor, 400 W Main St., Durham. Request more information at 919-536-7241.

CAARE Community Entrepreneurial Opportunities Business Incubator

The Small Business Center has partnered with CAARE to provide entrepreneurial training through its CEO Business Incubator. In celebration of Small Business Month, a Hearing from the Community Entrepreneurial Summit will be held 3:30–5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 13. Listen to entrepreneurs speak about their needs and wants for use in developing CEO’s entrepreneurial training programs. Location: CAARE, Inc., 214 Broadway Street, Durham. Request more information at 919-536-7241.


Business Planning Basics for Entrepreneurs Series

Introduction to Business Modeling

Are you a startup or existing entrepreneur wondering how to 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. Day sections taught by LaShon Harley, SBC; evening sections taught by Carl Baumann, Chapel Hill SCORE.

SBC15081 Th 8/13 6:30 –9 p.m. OCC 106


Finance for Entrepreneurs Series

Options for Funding Your Business

This workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs offers an overview of financing options for new or existing businesses. Outside funding options, including commercial bank loans, SBA-backed loans, and sources of equity capital are covered. Taught by Alyssa Mako, The Women’s Business Center.

SBC15083-BOL W 7/22 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. SBB 312