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.

Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Assess your own entrepreneurial abilities and the feasibility of your business ideas. Over the course of eight three-hour sessions, you’ll develop a business plan for starting and running a new business (or operating an existing one). You’ll examine every element of a business operation, from mission statement to financials and sales forecasting. Your “homework” will be to complete the first draft of a business plan. Supporting material and other resources are available for download, and access to course content is available for a full six months after completion of the course.  
Course Objectives
  1. Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
  2. Understand how to conduct market research and test the feasibility of a business or idea.
  3. Learn how to write a good business plan that contains all of the necessary elements.
  4. Learn how to market and fund a business.
  5. Understand what local and national resources are available to help build and manage a successful business.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Assess your own ability as an entrepreneur.
  2. Evaluate the feasibility of your business idea.
  3. Align personal goals with your business idea.
  4. Create organizing and marketing strategies.
  5. Explore pricing for your product or service.
  6. Develop capital needs & sound financial statements.
  7. Research, develop, and write a comprehensive plan for your business.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Familiar with Microsoft Office Products.
Comfortable using the internet.
Easy access to a computer.
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% 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