Small Business Advisory Committee

About the Committee

The City of Durham’s Small Business Advisory Committee is comprised of banks, colleges and universities, seasoned entrepreneurs and other entities that provide financing and technical assistance. Member organizations offer an array of programs and services targeted to small businesses, such as business plan and marketing strategy development, financing, management skills training, and business counseling.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development connects prospective and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs directly to those member organizations focused primarily on technical assistance.
  1. Current Members
  2. Recent Members
Durham Technical Community College Small Business Center
The Durham Technical Community College Small Business Center (SBC) is a state-funded organization that is part of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina. The SBC provides small business owners with information they need for success, including advice on marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and management.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

NC Small Business Technology & Development Center
The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. The center provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of the 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 NC's economy.

NC Military Business Center

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System. The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.

NC Institute of Minority Economic Development

The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED) works to grow the asset base of undeveloped populations through economic development strategies that build businesses, create jobs, and sustain institutions vital to economically vibrant and socially responsible communities.

NC Fourth Sector Resource Project
The Fourth Sector Resource Project serves individuals and organizations throughout North Carolina who are interested in starting, growing, or supporting fourth sector businesses. Fourth sector businesses are often referred to as hybrids, since they have a primary social or environmental mission (like a non-profit), while earning a significant portion of their revenues (like a for-profit).

eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc.
eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides career transition assistance, small business training, and entrepreneurial developmental services to military and minority communities.

Sustain A Bull
Sustain-a-Bull is Durham’s non-profit independent business alliance, which promotes and supports locally owned, independent businesses in our community based on the belief that independent businesses are vital to Durham’s economy, culture, and environment.

Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit whose primary goal is to improve the economic landscape for black businesses and the community at large.

Bull City Forward
Bull City Forward connects social entrepreneurs to the resources, knowledge, and relationships they need to realize the full potential of their social ventures. Through our Forward Fellowship, Innovation Challenges, and Community Impact initiative, we improve our economy, the lives of our citizens, and the environment within Durham and beyond.

Self Help Credit Union
Self Help Credit Union, the nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help (or Self-Help), combines several organizations that together provide financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream.  

First Citizens Bank

First Citizens Bank, 1st known as the Bank of Smithfield, opened on March 1, 1898. A growing agricultural economy and strong leadership led the bank into new markets over the years, yet our hands-on personal approach to banking never wavered. It is this commitment that continues to set First Citizens Bank apart with its customers and within the industry.

Mechanics & Farmers Bank
Mechanics and Farmers Bank (M&F Bank) is an independent bank committed to meeting the financial services needs of the communities we serve. We provide quality service to all customers, promoting personal and community development while continuing the tradition of serving those who historically have been under-served.

PivotSmart is a consultancy dedicated to helping owners of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) successfully make the strategic shifts (“pivots”) in the way they compete. We are a multi-disciplinary practice that incorporates strong relationship management and access to subject matter expertise on virtually any topic that may impact your business decisions.
Success360i provides search engine marketing, social media marketing, lead management, marketing operations, business strategy and access to capital services to businesses. Success360i’s solutions support businesses of all sizes through all phases of the business life cycle – from start-ups to mature companies. Based in the NC Triangle, Success360i serves businesses all over the United States.

Real Estate Associates
For more than 35 years, Real Estate Associates (REA) has served the real estate asset management and commercial brokerage needs of property owners in Durham, Chapel Hill, and beyond. While our management style is conservative - making us good stewards of your investment and resources - our approach to what we do is energetic and forward-thinking.

Small Business Resource Links & Self-Guided Tools

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is the Federal Government's 1-stop business assistance and resource portal for entrepreneurs.

Thrive NC is your connection to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), a nonprofit corporation designed to foster collaboration between public and private entities. Focused on customer service, the partnership helps businesses make the most of everything North Carolina has to offer.


BusinessUSA is a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.


NC LIVE is a consortium of North Carolina libraries, providing digital content and services to public and academic libraries statewide. NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics ranging from careers, business, and investing, to auto repair, health, history, and genealogy including the NC LIVE Business Portal. NC LIVE resources are available to all North Carolinians through their local public, community college, or academic library. Contact your local library for free access to NC LIVE resources.

NC Small Business Center Network (NCSMC)

NCSMC offers a Self-guided Business Assessment (PDF) to assist emerging businesses.

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)

BLNC is North Carolina's online one-stop business assistance and resource portal for entrepreneurs and home of the start-up checklist.

NC Small Business Technology & Development Center (SBTDC)

SBTDC publishes a Small Business Start-up Guide (PDF) to assists burgeoning businesses and entrepreneurs.

IBM Small Business Toolkit

IBM’s SME Toolkit is a free program that enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn how to implement the sustainable business management practices needed for growth in areas such as finance, accounting, international business, marketing, human resources or legal.

Triangle Artworks

Triangle Artworks has created an essential tool (PDF) to help guide individuals interested in creating a Pop-Up event and testing out their business concept.