History of SBTDC

History of the SBTDC


Established in 1984 by The University of North Carolina system, the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides counseling, management education, and specialized market development services designed to help businesses and organizations meet challenges, manage change, and plan for the future.

With approximately 80 associates located across 16 campus-based centers, the SBTDC serves a diversity of clients, including small to medium-sized businesses, as well as university, non-profit, and government entities.

Since 1984, the SBTDC has operated a center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. The SBTDC serves the twelve county region of Northeast North Carolina by providing business counseling, business development services and technical assistance. The counties served are Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington.

The range of services needed for such a wide continuum of organizations is diverse. The SBTDC addresses core management concerns such as financial, marketing, and human resources. Plus there are specialized services including business and industry research, international business development, selling to the government, technology commercialization, and marine trades. 

Why is the SBTDC University Based?

The SBTDC was organized as an inter-institutional activity of The University of North Carolina system in 1984. This was done to assure that the program would be highly visible and free to establish program relationships across the state on multiple campuses with the clear and very strong support of the system's General Administration unit.