CHARLOTTE - The North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh has been awarded the 2013 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Raleigh Center of the statewide SBTDC has received this distinction for both the state of North Carolina and the SBA Southeastern Region, which is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
This award honors a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for its excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
Among the many characteristics examined are a center’s record of new business creation, capital infusion, counseling success, job creation, and program and training innovation.
Dr. Mike Seibert leads the team at the Raleigh area office as Regional Director. He also oversees the newly reinvigorated International Business Development (IBD) program across the state. The IBD program is staffed with specialized counselors in international business. They help prepare small and mid-sized business for exporting goods and services around the globe.
“We are proud of Mike and his team,” said SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett. “They are a fine example how the SBTDC helps build, grow and sustain business in North Carolina.”
During 2012, the office helped small business access almost $20 million dollars in capital, exceeding the yearly goal by over 400%.
As part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 this office took the lead in re-launching the International Business Division Initiative to help North Carolina exporters. During 2012, the office helped increase small businesses export sales by almost $10 million.