The SBTDC has helped North Carolina businesses recover from three national recessions in our 25 years. The current economic climate is by far the most challenging for our state. In response, the SBTDC is taking unique steps, with the assistance of our partners, to help businesses.
Charlotte Recovery Initiative
The SBTDC is part of the Governor’s announced plan to support economic recovery in the Charlotte Region. The SBTDC’s role is comprised of two components: Biz Boost job retention project for mid-sized businesses; and Advanced Entrepreneurship Education.
Biz Boost – Statewide
Biz Boost is a part of Governor Beverly Perdue’s economic and workforce recovery efforts for North Carolina. The SBTDC is the lead organization for assisting small to mid-size businesses to succeed in the current economic downturn. Learn more…
Advanced Entrepreneurship Education
The Kauffman Foundation and the SBTDC, in partnership with the Charlotte Region’s Community College Small Business Center Network, SCORE, and other agencies, began offering a nationally-recognized comprehensive entrepreneur training program, FastTrac® . The Kauffman Foundation has donated a FastTrac® curriculum and training to assist a broad range of entrepreneurs in developing their ideas and learning how to turn them into enterprises. The SBTDC manages a team of course trainers and provides technical assistance to the enterprises once they complete the training.
The first class of aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs in the Charlotte Region completed FastTrac® in August, 2009. Applications are currently being taken for additional courses. Following the completion of the program, participants can receive further business counseling from the SBTDC or one of its partners to help them start and grow their business. FastTrac® is being offered through a competitive application process. Through Governor Perdue’s initiative, the fees for FastTrac® have been waived for residents of the Charlotte Region.
Distressed Rural County Project
With funding from the NC Rural Center, the SBTDC is piloting an effort to provide assistance to mid-sized businesses in eight of the state’s most economically distressed counties. The project funds additional personnel and resources dedicated solely to businesses in these targeted communities to provide business counseling, technical assistance, and specialized services to mid-sized businesses with potential for short- and long-term job growth. The pilot project counties are located in the west, central and eastern regions of the state – Cleveland, Rutherford, Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Green, Wayne and Wilson.
Accelerated Graduate Student Engagement
The SBTDC has used our close association with North Carolina colleges and universities to provide opportunities for MBA, Master’s in Accounting, and other graduate level students to help companies in need. Since January 2009, students have provided over 11,400 hours of assistance to North Carolina businesses under the supervision and guidance of the SBTDC. This represents 14 full-time-equivalent business advisors. The benefits to both students and businesses are evident—real world experience and help for companies when they need it most. Many students work in teams or as individuals and help businesses with everything from developing marketing plans, to conducting research.
The SBTDC has a long history of offering graduate students the opportunities to advance their business education while helping North Carolina’s small businesses with real-life projects and issues.
How Do I Get Started?
The SBTDC is there to help you make your business better. Contact us today to learn how we can serve you. Call 1-800-258-0862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The SBTDC’s business counseling is a service of the University of North Carolina System; provided to resident businesses without fee.