Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

SBTDC

The SBTDC is here to help small business owners meet the challenges of today’s business environment, manage their ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business. The SBTDC provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses with a primary focus on issues such as financing, marketing, human resources, operations, and business planning and feasibility assessment. Although the SBTDC can work with late-stage startups (those with existing business plans and that are ready to launch their business), they work best with businesses that have been operation at least 12 months.

Most services are free of charge and all are confidential. Our team of experienced business professionals is here to help your small & mid-size business:

  • Make better, more informed decisions
  • Access sources of capital and financing
  • Evaluate and improve your financial performance
  • Obtain quality business and market information
  • Improve leadership skills and employee performance
  • Plan for a better future

Whether selling your business, developing your succession or closing, the SBTDC can help you develop the exit strategy that’s right for you.


Starting


Training and Development

Local Resources

Through confidential business counseling, the SBTDC helps existing businesses with management counseling issues such as financing, marketing, human resources, operations, and business planning and feasibility assessment.

Site Selection

Conducting an Industry Analysis by the SBTDC. This guide is intended to assist you with your research as you perform an analysis of your business industry.

High Growth Entrepreneurship

Education and Training

SBTDC’s “Becoming an Investor Ready Entrepreneur Program” is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors. Getting ready includes a wide range of activities and decisions that will help the entrepreneur with their business in a number of ways. This program was developed with direct input from experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, angel networks/fund executives, and venture capitalists, and provides an “insider’s look” into the world of equity funding.


Exporting

Local Resources

From learning how to take advantage of US Export-Import Bank programs to general information to help you get started with exporting, the SBTDC has resources to help with international business.

Franchise

SBTDC Start-Up Resource Guide. The Small Business & Technology Development Center has created a resource guide to give you an overview of everything from assessing your potential as a business owner to financing your business, including information on what you need to know about buying a franchise. You can also view an online training module to help.


Patents

Intellectual Property Guide: Patents, Trademarks, And Copyrights. The Small Business & Technology Development Center has created a guide to help small businesses and inventors in the development of their inventions and in the maintenance of their intellectual property rights.


Growing


Growing

If you’re poised to take your business to the next level – perhaps you’re considering hiring new employees, relocating to a larger facility or diversifying your products and services – or perhaps you’re simply trying to overcome obstacles to business growth – one of the best resources you can connect with to help you fully consider the “big picture” and to make sure that you are positioned for long-term success and sustainability is the SBTDC.


Overcoming Obstacles

Business Advising

Knowledgeable and passionate about small businesses, the SBTDC can help you look internally at your business, revise your business plan and projections, develop strategies for increasing sales, think through really hard decisions you have to make, and much more. They don’t do the work for you, but they can be a partner to help you as you work through the challenges facing your business. If nothing else, they can be a “sounding board” for you and give you an idea if you’re already doing everything you can. And the best part is that most of their services are available at little or no cost. Consider them part of your business’s professional team and develop a relationship with them today.


Training and Development

Local Resources

Through confidential business counseling, the SBTDC helps existing businesses with management counseling issues such as financing, marketing, human resources, operations, and business planning and feasibility assessment.


Exporting

Local Resources

Exporting. From learning how to take advantage of US Export-Import Bank programs to general information to help you get started with exporting, the SBTDC has resources to help with international business.


Patents

Intellectual Property Guide: Patents, Trademarks, And Copyrights. The Small Business & Technology Development Center has created a guide to help small businesses and inventors in the development of their inventions and in the maintenance of their intellectual property rights.


Transitioning Ownership

Local Resources
Whether selling your business, developing your succession or closing, the SBTDC can help you develop the exit strategy that’s right for you.


Locating


Locating

Market and Demographic: Conducting an Industry Analysis by the SBTDC This guide is intended to assist you with your research as you perform an analysis of your business industry.


Financing

Helpful Hints

The SBTDC has created an on-line training module that describes potential funding options (including family & friends, angel investors, loans, specialized grants, local sources), and what the various financing sources look for from the individuals/businesses they fund. Registration is required, but the effort is well worth it, especially for business owners that are unfamiliar with business financing.

The SBTDC also provides confidential management Counseling on financing options for established businesses.

Preparing for Financing

The SBTDC has created an on-line training module that describes potential funding options (including family & friends, angel investors, loans, specialized grants, local sources), and what the various financing sources look for from the individuals/businesses they fund. Registration is required, but the effort is well worth it, especially for business owners that are unfamiliar with business financing.

The SBTDC also provides confidential management Counseling on financing options for established businesses.

Contracting


Contracting Services

Procurement Counselors (PTAC) FREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS! Businesses with experience pursuing government contracts as well as those just getting started can receive free help from a PTAC Counselor. Contact the Charlotte SBTDC Office to make an appointment today!


Bonding

Preparing for a Bond
Sitting down and taking a really hard look at your internal operations and business plan, and making sure you have a really good grasp of your financial position and reports, is critical to improving your ability to secure a bond. After all, you’re asking a bonding company to take a risk that you will perform satisfactorily on your contract. The more you can demonstrate your ability to perform, the more likely your success will be. Seeking professional advice can help you better position your business for success in qualifying for a bond. The SBTDC provides one-on-one business counseling services to help you assess your readiness for seeking a bond.


Bidding

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) staff are experienced with government procurement processes and can provide assistance and advice to help you submit responsive and responsible bids.



SBTDC Charlotte Office

The Ben Craig Center
8701 Mallard Creek Road, Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 548-1090
www.sbtdc.org