Downtown Durham Inc

For Businesses

Downtown Durham is an incubator for creative thinking and innovative ideas. From homegrown entrepreneurial startups, to Fortune 500 international companies, to local startups that have grown into Fortune 500 companies, downtown Durham is home to innovative businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Tools and Resources

Small Business Resource Guide

Download this handy guide filled with important contacts.

  • Business Link North Carolina
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development – Small Business Advisory Committee
  • Durham Technical Community College – Small Business Center
  • SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives)
  • Good Work
  • The Institute
  • Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC)
  • Urban Progress Zone

Traffic Report

The Traffic Report Calendar lists events and happenings that may affect foot traffic and/or parking. It includes road closures and major events happening downtown.


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The Bullpen

The Bullpen is downtown Durham’s social district, which allows people to purchase alcoholic drinks from ABC permittees in a designated cup and walk around outside within a defined area. The Bullpen went into effect on December 1, 2022.

Interested in Doing Business Downtown?

Finding workspace that helps your business succeed doesn’t have to be challenging. Downtown Durham offers spaces in a range of prices to suit the needs of your company. Whether you are looking for workspace for a one-person tech startup, a regional headquarters or a new retail outlet, downtown Durham offers options from shared business incubators, to thousands of square feet of Class A office space to street-level storefronts. All in a bustling, creative environment.

Service Requests

Ambassadors are on duty throughout downtown seven days a week, with rotating shifts and zones. Typical schedules are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., but may vary due to special events and projects.

Ambassador Services

  • Cleaning and maintaining public sidewalks and spaces
  • Welcoming and assisting visitors
  • Promoting downtown amenities and businesses
  • Providing maps and visitor information
  • Assisting with downtown special events
  • Removing graffiti from public spaces
  • Power washing sidewalks
  • Calls for assistance to police, fire, EMS
  • Connecting those in need to social services
  • Car jumpstarts
  • And more. Call (919) 682-2855 for assistance.

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