Business Life Cycle

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses and promising startups. Most of our services are free of charge and all are confidential. By providing entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build and grow successful businesses, the SBTDC positively impacts the local and statewide North Carolina economy.

Review the Business Life Cycle stages below and consider where your business might fit. Keep in mind that your business may be experiencing several stages at once, so it’s important to explore all five stages.


Planning for start-up success.

Learn More about Launch


Preparing to expand internally and externally.

Learn More about Grow


On solid footing and looking to become more competitive.

Learn More about Optimize


Managing challenges and adapting to new circumstances.

Learn More about Renew


Creating effective leadership and business changes.

Learn More about Transition

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