Client Success

Since 1984, the SBTDC has helped over 130,000 small to mid-sized businesses start and grow. Here we highlight a few of the entrepreneurs and small businesses that the SBTDC has worked with to help make their businesses better. They represent the thousands of small to mid-sized companies across North Carolina that are innovating, retaining and creating jobs, and helping boost North Carolina's economy. To learn more about the SBTDC's efforts, view our most recent annual report.

Client Profiles

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3C Institute
Cary, NC

The technology commercialization assistance Melissa received from the SBTDC has contributed to 3C’s success at being awarded a record number of 45 SBIR awards.

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A.W. Brinkley Hardware
Gates, NC

The SBTDC has been wonderful in guiding us to smarter business decisions.

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Affinergy
Morrisville, NC

"The SBTDC pointed the SBIR program out to us in a good bit of depth and connected me with some of the solicitations to look into and learn more about."

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AppleBlossom
Concord, NC

With the SBTDC’s support, AppleBlossom Insulators had nearly 100% growth in annual sales, added employees, expanded training programs, and opened a new office.

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Automated Solutions
Sawmills, NC

The expertise of the SBTDC has helped us go from an inventor mentality to a manufacturing mentality, and that has made a positive impact on our business.

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Ball's Machine & Manufacturing Co.
Candler, NC

Ball’s Machine is thriving – Solar sales have shown a steady increase of more than 250% every year since the 2008 launch, and DIY kits have sold in 15 states.

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Beyu Caffe
Durham, NC

“It’s a huge step to take your business plan to something that’s reality. That’s something my SBTDC Business Counselor really helped me with.”

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Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Moravian Falls, NC

Brushy Mountain gives the SBTDC credit for making their business a little easier to manage. “The SBTDC’s expert analysis made decision-making so much easier for us."

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Calibrate
Chapel Hill, NC

In an effort to improve organization and management efforts, the SBTDC provided a full-day strategy session with 15 of Calibrate’s staff, including TAIS analysis and instructional feedback.

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Calyber Boatworks
Edenton, NC

As the economy took a downward turn, Trevor knew he had to diversify in order to stay in business. He called in help from the SBTDC who helped him look at opportunities to diversify with new products.

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Camras Vision
Durham, NC

The SBTDC gives us confidence. There’s a sense of comfort knowing that we’re ready for the next step.

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Carolina Management Team
High Point, NC

“The NC PTAC and SBTDC challenge us to dream bigger. I don’t know where CMT would be without the support of the SBTDC.”

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Carolinas IT
Raleigh, NC

In the last year, our revenue has increased by 23%. In the last five years, we have increased the staff from 43 people to 55.

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ComForcare
Lumberton, NC

“An experienced counselor can say ‘this change may not be the right direction for the business.’ Having an SBTDC expert review is important to avoid mistakes and to help build a better business.”

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Converters Unlimited
Kinston, NC

If I had gone to the bank before meeting Debbie, none of this would have happened.

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Cornerstone Columbarium & Crematorium
Lenoir, NC

After closing on a $280K loan with BB&T, they purchased a building in Lenoir, NC, and crematory equipment and now have 6 employees.

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Cross Company
Greensboro, NC

After assessing the knowledge, experience and professionalism of the SBTDC team, Steve felt they could get a high-quality strategic plan for a fraction of the cost of a private consultant.

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CTC Supply, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC

In May 2012, we learned that with our help CTC Supply received a 5-year GSA contract under Schedule 56.

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Edge of Urge
Wilmington, NC

With the help of her business counselor, Jessie has been able to increase production and streamline Edge of Urge’s inner-workings, from inventory control to human resource management.

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ERD, Ltd
Kernersville, NC

The SBTDC counselors are constantly thinking of ways to use the resources at their fingertips to help the small businesses in their community grow and thrive.

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FLS Energy
Asheville, NC

“Definitely take advantage of services that are out there like the SBTDC. For me, I advise people who are going into business to go into business with partners and people that they trust.”

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Garris Grading & Paving
Farmville, NC

The SBTDC helped Angela secure an intern, who helped with the business plan, website, and research for the plant. Her business counselor assisted with obtaining an SBA 7(a) guaranteed loan.

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Geological Resources
Charlotte, NC

"GRI has become more focused and strategic since leveraging many of the SBTDC's programs and services."

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H&H Farm Machinery
Monroe, NC

Now I can assess the health of the business, see where problems are developing and fix those areas to stay on track.

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ImmunoReagents
Raleigh, NC

ImmunoReagents works with the International Business Development team to expand international sales by assistance with export strategy, international shipping, pricing, financing options, and negotiations.

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Island Cycles
Avon, North Carolina

Island Cycles was referred to the SBTDC through the SBA after Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011 – a crucial time for seasonal, tourism-focused businesses.

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JB Media
Asheville, NC

With the addition of so many new staff members, there have been new operational needs that I have been able to address with SBTDC resources.

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Little River Trails Aquaculture
Bunnlevel, NC

At a minimum, sales will quadruple in 2013.

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Mighty J's Restaurant
Pembroke, NC

Mighty J's gives a lot of credit to the SBTDC for helping get their restaurant started, and describe the SBTDC as understandable and open-minded to ideas, and knowledgeable about how to get businesses going.

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Mind Your Business
Asheville, NC

Mind Your Business has seen a 50% increase in staff since 2007, largely due to their success landing government contracts at the state and federal level.

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Miss Jenny's Pickles
Kernersville, NC

2013 projections show sales will reach $500,000 -- a 1,200% increase since their very first sale largely due to facilitated exposure on CBS 60 Minutes.

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Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Point Harbor, NC

Ocean Atlantic Rentals reported an increase in sales and created 3 new jobs.

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Raleigh Denim
Raleigh, NC

“The SBTDC has been integral, paramount, to Raleigh Denim’s success,” says Victor, “At every stage of difficulty, the SBTDC has been involved, given us good direction, advice and guidance."

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Reclamation, LLC
Hickory, NC

The SBTDC engaged an ASU graduate student to use Reclamation, LLC for a research paper on supply chain management, which suggested efficiency improvements.

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Revive, LLC
Hickory, NC

"I had the customers and knew the industry, but the SBTDC was able to help me come up with and implement new strategies for success."

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Rhino Assembly Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Rhino Assembly’s first meeting with the SBTDC was arranged through Stuart Hair of the North Carolina Department of Commerce as part of the Biz Boost program.

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Roberts Law Group
Raleigh, NC

With the help of the SBTDC, Roberts Law Group has realized sales growth of over 180% from 2008 to 2012.

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Rogers' Screen Printing
Lumberton, NC

The SBTDC’s Beth Wilkerson told Rogers’ about the Building Reuse Grant through the NC Rural Center, and the city agreed to apply on behalf of the business.

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S3T, Ltd
Sanford, NC

I have taken advice from the SBTDC counselors at every major decision point through the last couple of years and my business has benefited greatly from sound advice and research provided by the SBTDC.

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Seaside General Store
Harkers Island, NC

SBTDC efforts helped Seaside General Store determine a marketing and inventory strategy to propel future sales and increase profitability.

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Slice of Life Pizza
Wilmington, NC

The sales growth of all three restaurants has grown from $350K in 2004 to nearly $3.5 million in 2012.

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Speech 4 Kidz
Wilmington, NC

I have learned more, truly, in my 30-60 minute sessions about small business and strategies than in all my years of just breathing.

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Technical Control Consultants
New Bern, North Carolina

An ECU student intern was placed with Technical Control Consultants to assist with detailed labor cost projections for their new assembly operation.

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The Chalet Inn
Dillsboro, NC

With the help of the WCU SBTDC, the Inn received funding sufficient to double its size through the SBA's 504 Loan Program.

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The Vision Group Studios
Asheville, NC

Vision Group Studios was recently awarded a subcontract for the design of a new VA Skilled Nursing facility in Clarksville, TN.

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