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Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is The University of North Carolina's business and technology extension service. The SBTDC is administered by N.C. State University on behalf of The University of North Carolina System, and is operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Eastern Region Service Center at East Carolina University is part of the Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development and one of 17 offices on campuses across the state. The SBTDC has been helping North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. SBTDC specialists provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina. Most SBTDC services are free of charge, and all SBTDC services are confidential. The SBTDC's core services include:

  • In-depth Management counseling
  • Financial analysis
  • Access to debt and equity capital
  • Market growth and development
  • Human resource management
  • Operations
  • Business and strategic planning
The SBTDC has designed market development services that are specifically designed to aid growing companies in expanding their markets and increasing competitiveness. These services are:
  • Management Education
  • Technology Development
  • Boating Industry Services
  • Government Procurement
  • Export Financing Services
  • Marketing and Research Services
This ECU-based center serves a 12 county area that includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson.

For further details about our services, events, or to request an appointment with our counselors, please visit www.sbtdc.org/ecu.


Carolyn Wilburn
Director, Small Business and
Technology Development Center
252-737-1368
wilburnc@ecu.edu