E3 Durham

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Update December 2023

Thank you for your interest in the E3 Durham program. The two-year program was launched in November 2021 to provide distinct recovery supports for businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to address the longer-term and systemic biases, barriers, and bureaucratic challenges that underserved entrepreneurs face. 

Through the collective engagement of our spoke organizations, the E3 Durham program has 

  • served over 415 Durham entrepreneurs who enrolled in program 
  • provided over 1,960 hours of one-on-one counseling
  • conducted over 300 training hours; including 20 sets of cohort programs
  • helped catalyze more than $250,000 in loans and $200,000 in grants for entrepreneurs

SBA funding for the Community Navigator Pilot Program (E3 Durham) ended Nov 30, 2023. Forward Cities is currently working with local and federal funders to secure additional funding for the program. If you’re not already on the E3 Durham mailing list, click here to sign-up and receive updates on any future developments.

Though we are not able to provide 1-1 client navigation services at this time, Forward Cities remains committed to helping E3 Durham clients stay connected to the resources available in the community. We will continue to collect and share information about events and resources in the monthly E3 Durham e-newsletter.

Contact information and ongoing offerings for aspiring entrepreneurs are listed below for E3 Durham partner organizations:

E3 Durham Spoke Resource Guide

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Stay up-to-date on the efforts of our community’s incredible entrepreneurs by subscribing to our monthly E3 Durham e-newsletter.

We're grateful to partner with the following organizations to make an impact in Durham:


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For more information about the Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Durham, NC, please contact us.