E3 Durham

The E3 Durham Community Navigator Pilot Project is designed to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you have an idea for a new business, are an existing business seeking to grow, or a business that looks to recover during these uncertain times, the E3 Durham Community Navigator Pilot Project is here to help.

Register here to be connected to a network of support organizations that have comprehensive support services to meet the needs of current and future business owners.



To be eligible for E3 Durham you must have either a home or business address located in Durham County, NC, and, your business or business idea must be for profit, and, if currently in business you can have no more than 20 full time equivalent employees.


Calling all entrepreneurs and small business owners in Durham!

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Do you have an idea for a business but don’t know how to make it a reality?

Do you need support launching, growing, and/or pivoting your existing business?

Do you need capital to take your business to the next level?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, E3 Durham is your one-stop-shop for finding and getting the help you need. No matter where you are in your business development journey, E3 Durham is the place to start. With a few simple clicks, you will be on your way to connecting to the information, guidance, resources, and funding you need to succeed and thrive. Even better, along the way you will discover a community ready to support you every step of the way.

Here's how it works:

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Step 1 Dream

Tell us about yourself, your business/idea, and your vision for success


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Step 2 Connect

Connect with an E3 Navigator who can advise you on the best path and refer you to the organizations and resources you need and provide ongoing support at your pace and in whatever format is most convenient for you.


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Step 3 Grow

Get referred for 1-on-1 and/or group business counseling based on your unique needs and objectives


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Receive guidance and support in identifying, accessing, and applying for the capital that is the right fit for your business stage, sector, and goals.


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Step 5 Network

Throughout your journey, join us for our convening series to expand your learnings, discover more local resources, and network with other entrepreneurs like you.


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Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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