Small Business Center Training and Events

From one hour to 10 weeks, the Small Business Center offers small-business training to help you start and build your business.

One- to three-hour webinars covering common business topics, offered by Wake Tech's Small Business Center and the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina.

Free, community-based entrepreneurship programs offered in the Fall and Spring semesters that include curriculum training, mentoring, networking and access to capital. Application required.

Wake Tech student-focused entrepreneurship programs for degree and non-degree students.

This training and pitch competition is for student entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Wake County, aimed at accelerating business growth.

An eight-week, fee-based training program offered each Spring semester for established small-business owners who want to sell goods and services to public entities.

This program provides affordable retail space in downtown Raleigh and small-business counseling to participating minority- and women-owned businesses.

Course details and registration information

Wake Tech also offers a number of courses on starting a new business.

Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Assess your ability as an entrepreneur and the feasibility of your business or idea. Learn how your military experience will help you as an entrepreneur. Learn how to develop a complete business plan for starting and running your new or existing business over the course of eight three hour classroom sessions. Be guided through a thorough thought process on every element of your business, from basic description and mission statement to financials and sales forecasting. Understand all resources available to help veterans develop and run successful businesses. Then complete the homework to finish the class with the first draft of a comprehensive business plan. Class exercises are performed online and all supporting material and resources are available for download.
Course Objectives
  1. What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur.

  2. How has your military experience made you uniquely prepared to pursue entrepreneurship.
  3. How to conduct market research and test the feasibility of your business or idea.
  4. What are the elements of a good business plan and how do you write them.
  5. How do you market and fund your business ?

  6. What resources are available to help you be successful in your business.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introduction to entrepreneurship
  2. Market research
  3. Marketing planning and execution
  4. Defining your business, product and/or service.
  5. Operations, management structure and business startup
  6. Financial planning and strategies
  7. Financial tools and resources
  8. Building a supportive team like mentors and Boards
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
included in fee – delivered in class
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Katie Gailes


We also can provide half- to full-day events focused on small-business training. Here are some examples of intensive training focused on small-business owners.

  • Barber & Cosmetology Business Summit 
  • Black Business Momentum
  • Hispanic Business Momentum
  • Financial Fortitude Summit