Our services include not only general business counseling, but also specialized business assistance delivered by specific programs and staff within the SBTDC. Our specialized programs include:
The Business Launch initiative is a specialized service of the SBTDC that helps entrepreneurs evaluate an idea, form the idea into a business model, and launch the viable idea into a new North Carolina business. The SBTDC established this initiative in 2019 to help early-stage innovators, particularly those around university ecosystems, move forward with forming a business and to keep our state on the forefront of tech business creation.
Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP)
The GCAP program has experienced professionals helping NC businesses receive over $1 billion annually in contracts from government agencies and prime contractors. Our counselors help businesses: identify contracting opportunities; help them understand and meet contracting requirements and regulations; develop bids and proposals; manage contracts; and prepare them for future contracts and private sector sales.
International Business Development
The SBTDC’s International Business Development (IBD) unit assists small and medium sized businesses with exporting. Our IBD specialists are highly trained, Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) with extensive experience in international business development. Our goal is to provide export-related guidance and assistance to small and medium sized businesses – enhancing their export success.
Technology Development & Commercialization
The SBTDC was the first Small Business Development Center in the nation to be officially recognized as providing specialized services to businesses looking to advance, protect, and commercialize their research, innovations, and new technology. Our Technology unit has helped North Carolina become a leader in US SBIR/STTR awards – generating tens of millions of dollars in R&D support annually for our clients.