Who We Are

Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of The University of North Carolina, which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University. The SBTDC is administered by North Carolina State University and operated in partnership with US Small Business Administration (SBA). SBTDC business counselors work with small and mid-size businesses throughout the state to help them become more competitive, create new jobs, and improve the economy.

With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 11 regional service centers in 15 total offices and several specialty programs. The SBTDC has a strong, consistent identity and is well recognized, both within North Carolina and nationally. It is very actively engaged with the state’s economic development infrastructure, from local communities to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Governor’s Office.


Positively impact North Carolina’s economy by helping to grow small and mid-sized businesses and launch promising start-ups.


Excellence in business advising that drives small business success and a prosperous North Carolina for all.

Core Values

  • People. We value our team and teamwork.
  • Ethics. Our actions demonstrate the highest ethical standards.
  • Impact. We deliver valuable, measurable client results.
  • Collaboration. Positive internal and external partnerships are critical to service excellence.
  • Diversity & Inclusion. We welcome, value, and respect the diversity of our clients, staff and partners.
  • Future-Focused. Curiosity is our foundation for continuous improvement.