Our experienced business advisory team offers confidential, in-depth business counseling to small- to mid-sized company business owners and management staff and to entrepreneurs preparing to launch their next venture. We routinely assist our clients with developing and implementing viable strategies that enhance their competitive advantage and success in the marketplace.


We assist our clients in:

Personalized Assistance

The core of what the SBTDC does lies in our personalized business counseling and strategy development services.  We’re committed to helping make your business better.

Services are only provided to clients who live within: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Columbus Counties

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Plan Development
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Demographic and Census Data

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Startup Networking

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Venture Capital
  • Technology Grants
  • Loans
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Policies and Templates

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Obtaining Certification
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Heather McWhorter