Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

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SBTDC

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is an organization that helps small business owners meet the challenges of today’s business environment, manage their ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business. They provide management counseling and education services to small- and mid-sized businesses with a primary focus on topics including financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning and feasibility assessment. Although the SBTDC can work with late-stage startups, their resources are most beneficial for businesses that have been in operation for at least 12 months.


Starting

Getting Started

Before you Begin

What does it take to start a business in North Carolina? With SBTDC’s Business Start-Up Resource Guide (pdf), you can take the first steps to planning your business, assessing yourself as a business owner, determining feasibility and much, much more. Access the PDF here!

Create Your Business Plan

Get tips for writing a successful business plan through online training with SBTDC. Learn more here!

Legal Structure

From taxes to insurance, SBTDC has created a startup guide that includes information on starting a business, including the legal considerations and requirements. Access the PDF now!

Training and Development

Local Resources

For confidential business development services, you can work one-on-one with a professional business counselor from the SBTDC. These professional business counselors will work with you to identify problems, evaluate options and make recommendations. Request counseling from SBTDC!

Site Selection

Market & Demographic Data

Where to? The SBTDC has developed a guide titled “How to Conduct an Industry Analysis”. This PDF will assist you in researching and analyzing important factors for site selection, such as geographic area, industry, buyers and more. View it here!

Patents

You have an invention; what’s next? The SBTDC’s Intellectual Property Guide helps small businesses and inventors develop their inventions and maintain intellectual property rights. Get your questions answered here!

Growing


Growing a Business

The SBTDC understands the challenges facing growing businesses. With products and services designed to maximize the success of your company, the SBTDC is here to help you grow and succeed!

Overcoming Obstacles

One-on-One Business Advising

Experts in entrepreneurship, the SBTDC is passionate about small business owners. Through confidential counseling, they’ll look internally at your business, revise your business plan and projections, develop strategies for increasing sales, and much more. Request counseling here!

Exporting

Local Resources

Did you know that the SBTDC is North Carolina’s City-State Partner with the US Export-Import Bank? Their International Business Development Specialists are all highly trained, Certified Global Business Professionals with extensive experience in international business development. Find out how the SBTDC can help you achieve success with exporting!


Patents

Patents, trademarks, and copyrights, oh my! The SBTDC has created a guide to help small businesses and inventors develop their inventions and maintain intellectual property rights. Access it here!


High Growth Entrepreneurship

Business Advisory And Incubation

Are you an investor-ready entrepreneur? The SBTDC’s “Becoming an Investor Ready Entrepreneur Program” is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage with private equity investors. This program was developed with direct input from experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, angel networks/fund executives and venture capitalists; it provides an insider’s look into the world of equity funding. Learn more here!


Transitioning Ownership

Local Resources

Whether you’re selling your business, developing your succession plan, or closing, the SBTDC can help you develop an exit strategy that’s right for you. If you’re transitioning ownership, find out how the SBTDC can help you through the process!


Locating


Site Selection

Market & Demographic Data

From learning more about your industry and consumers to obtaining valuable information about your competitors, the SBTDC’s guide to conducting an industry analysis was intended to assist you with your market and demographic research. Access the guide here!


Financing


Financing a Business

Helpful Hints | Grants

The SBTDC has created an online training module that describes potential funding options, including family and friends, angel investors, loans, specialized grants, and local sources. In this module, you’ll learn about the types of things each funding source looks for when financing individuals and businesses. Access the online training module!


Preparing for Financing

Online Tools

If you’re unfamiliar with the steps of financing a business, the SBTDC offers an online training portal that includes a module on the potential funding options available for your business. Access this module and more here!


Contracting


Contracting Services

Resources

The SBTDC offers free contracting assistance for your business with help from a Procurement Counselor (PTAC). Contact the Charlotte SBTDC office to make an appointment today!


Bonding

Preparing for a Bond

Before you can qualify for a bond, you need to take a hard look at your internal operations, business plan, financial position and reports. Seeking professional advice can help you better position your business for success in qualifying for a bond, and the SBTDC provides one-on-one business counseling services to help you assess your readiness. Learn more and request a counselor!


Bidding

Local Resources

Work with the SBTDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). These counselors are experienced with government procurement processes and can provide assistance and advice to help you submit responsive and responsible bids. Contact them here!



SBTDC at UNC Charlotte

PORTAL Building, Suite 252
9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

(704) 687-0440

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