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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Buying or Selling a Business

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

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

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 (Specialty)
  • Locating Foreign Distributors (Specialty)
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research

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

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

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


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

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

Starting a Business

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


  • Startup Classes

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Startup Networking
Contact Information
Heather McWhorter