One on One Advising

The city of Durham and other local organizations offer free and affordable business consulting, helping you to optimize and grow your business.

Durham Technical Assistance Providers

  • The Small Business Center at Durham Technical College offers free confidential counseling services. Their business counselors can help you put together a business plan, identify appropriate sources of capital and loans, and assist with obtaining government contracts (https://www.ncsbc.net/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=1003).

  • SCORE Chapel Hill-Durham brings together small business owners and retired business executives who volunteer their time to help you and your business succeed. Mentors can help you start your business as well as reach new customers. Go to SCORE’s website (https://chapelhilldurham.score.org/content/find-mentor-159) to find a mentor.

  • The Small Business and Technology Development Center at NC Central University can connect you with small business counselors with years of experience in the field. Submit a counseling request here (http://www.sbtdc.org/offices/nccu/) to be connected to a business professional who can help grow your business.

  • The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina provides women small business owners with experts that give one-on-one business counseling, all for free. Click here (https://theinstitutenc.org/programs/womens-business-center-of-north-carolina/) to learn more about all the programs they offer, as well as file a request for counseling.

Regional Technical Assistance

The Carolina Small Business Development Fund offers a program called Carolina Small Business CARES, where you can request one-on-one technical assistance for any problem your business may be struggling with. Fill out the form here (https://carolinasmallbusiness.org/contact/request-for-counseling/), and they will get back to you in a few days.


North Carolina Assistance

Business Link North Carolina is a program offered through the EDPNC that offers free one-on-one phone consultations for business owners. From questions about regulatory requirements to licensing, these business counselors have all the answers. Get in touch with a BLNC counselor here: https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/contact-blnc/