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Wilburn to Lead SBTDC

By Vicki Lutrell

Carolyn Wilburn was named director of the eastern region Small Business and Technology Development Center at East Carolina University.


The center in Greenville was established in 1985 as one of 11 regional centers in the University of North Carolina statewide system. SBTDC is the primary organization through which the state provides business development and technical assistance to the business community.

“SBTDC is designed to help entrepreneurs in our area with management counseling including financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning, and feasibility assessment,” said Wilburn. “The services we provide are becoming more critical in our region as we help small businesses succeed and expand in a more competitive global market.”

“Carolyn has an extensive knowledge of eastern North Carolina and has worked with many small businesses in our region,” said Ron Nowaczyk, associate vice chancellor for economic and community development at ECU. “She was chosen to fill the director role because she understands the needs of small companies in our region and has the leadership skills to move the SBTDC forward.”

Wilburn has a B.S. in business administration, with a finance concentration and a master’s of business administration from ECU. She has 20 years experience with the center.

For more information about the center, contact Wilburn at 252-328-6183, ext. 325 or or visit


This page originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at