Small Business Advisory Committee

About the Committee

The City of Durham’s Small Business Advisory Committee provide an array of programs and services targeted to small businesses, such as business plan and marketing strategy development, financing, management skills training, and business counseling. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development connects prospective and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs directly to those member organizations focused primarily on technical assistance.

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sbtdc-logoThe Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)  provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most services are free of charge, and all are confidential.
Small Business Center LogoThe Durham Technical Community College Small Business Center (SBC) is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina. The SBC provides small business owners with  advice they need for success on marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and management.
theinstitute logoThe North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED) works to grow the asset base of undeveloped populations through economic development strategies that build businesses, create jobs, and sustain institutions vital to economically vibrant and socially responsible communities.
SCORE-Logo-2015-R-TaglineSCORE  (Service Corps of Retired Executives) helps small businesses achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Services are delivered at a low or no cost.
greater black durham chamber logoThe Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit whose primary goal is to improve the economic landscape for black businesses and the community at large.
Sustain a bull logoSustain-a-Bull is Durham’s non-profit independent business alliance, which promotes and supports locally owned, independent businesses in our community based on the belief that independent businesses are vital to Durham’s economy, culture, and environment.  
NCMBC-LogoThe North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System. The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.
self help logoSelf Help Credit Union, the nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help (or Self-Help), combines several organizations that together provide financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream.  
Carolina Small Business LogoCarolina Small Business Development Fund creates economic opportunities across North Carolina.We support communities by helping entrepreneurs build the businesses of their dreams.
first-citizens logoFirst Citizens Bank, 1st known as the Bank of Smithfield, opened on March 1, 1898. A growing agricultural economy and strong leadership led the bank into new markets over the years, yet our hands-on personal approach to banking never wavered. It is this commitment that continues to set First Citizens Bank apart with its customers and within the industry.
mechanics-farmers-bank logoMechanics and Farmers Bank (M&F Bank) is an independent bank committed to meeting the financial services needs of the communities we serve. We provide quality service to all customers, promoting personal and community development while continuing the tradition of serving those who historically have been under-served.
real-estate-associates-inc-logoFor more than 35 years, Real Estate Associates (REA) has served the real estate asset management and commercial brokerage needs of property owners in Durham, Chapel Hill, and beyond. While our management style is conservative - making us good stewards of your investment and resources - our approach to what we do is energetic and forward-thinking.

Small Business Resource Links & Self-Guided Tools

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is the Federal Government's 1-stop business assistance and resource portal for entrepreneurs.

Economic Development Partnership of  North Carolina

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is a nonprofit corporation designed to foster collaboration between public and private entities. Focused on customer service, the partnership helps businesses make the most of everything North Carolina has to offer.


BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.


NC LIVE is a consortium of North Carolina libraries, providing digital content and services to public and academic libraries statewide. NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to auto repair, health, history, and genealogy including the NC LIVE Business Portal. NC LIVE resources are available to all North Carolinians through their local public, community college, or academic library. Contact your local library for free access to NC LIVE resources.

NC Small Business Center Network (NCSMC)

NCSMC offers a Self-guided Business Assessment (PDF) to assist emerging businesses.

NC Small Business Technology & Development Center (SBTDC)

SBTDC publishes a Small Business Start-up Guide (PDF) to assists burgeoning businesses and entrepreneurs.

IBM Small Business Toolkit

IBM’s SME Toolkit is a free program that enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn how to implement the sustainable business management practices needed for growth in areas such as finance, accounting, international business, marketing, human resources or legal.

Triangle Artworks

Triangle Artworks has created an essential tool (PDF) to help guide individuals interested in creating a Pop-Up event and testing out their business concept.