Our Partners

Partnerships are key to the SBTDC’s success. Our primary partners include:

UNC Campuses

The SBTDC is administered by NC State University on behalf of The University of North Carolina system, and our offices are each affiliated with one or more constituent institution campuses.

Small Business Administration

The SBTDC has been North Carolina’s representative in the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program since 1984.

Defense Logistics Agency

The SBTDC has been colocated with the Defense Logistics Agency’s national Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program since 1986.

NC Department of Commerce

The SBTDC works closely with the NC Department of Commerce. Specific engagements include support for state credits and incentives for start-ups, and Business Edge, a job loss aversion program funded through the Workforce Division.

NC Division of Emergency Management

The SBTDC is the State’s designated disaster assistance resource for businesses, and serves on the disaster preparedness team.

NC Small Business Center Network

The SBTDC collaborates closely with the Community College System’s Small Business Center Network to assure that there is well coordinated access to business assistance services statewide for start up entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Small Business Centers at the 58 Community Colleges are community based providers of training, counseling, and resource information for new businesses.

US Ex-Im Bank

Since 1997, the SBTDC has been the US Export-Import Bank’s North Carolina City-State Partner. This initiative brings economic development entities together with Ex-Im Bank in a partnership designed to expand export opportunities.


The SBTDC is an accredited member of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), which provides a vehicle for continuous improvement of the Small Business Development Center program.