Starting a Business

The SBTDC works with promising startups to develop and find funding for their product or service.

Start your business in 10 steps

Start Up Resources

Business Start Up Guide

SBTDC’s premier guide to starting a business. Topics Include: assess yourself as a potential business owner, determine concept feasibility, examine critical issues and make important decisions, legal considerations and requirements, develop your business plan, arrange your business financing, NC business resources and information list.

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Taking the Leap

Taking the Leap is a series of accelerated cohorts and workshops designed to give you the foundation to launch your business!

Learn about different aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business and marketing a business. Work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success. Taking the Leap is a state-wide program.

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Small Business Center Network

There is a Small Business Center located at each of our state’s 58 community colleges to help guide budding entrepreneurs through the steps of considering, planning, developing, opening, and operating a small business.

The Small Business Center Network (SBCN) offers free community-based seminars and individual counseling for small business start-ups, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

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Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters to global customers, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.

The EDPNC can help businesses find information about licenses and permits, industry-specific regulations and opportunities, location scouting, and more.


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