SBDCs In The News

4 Topics to Remember from #M3 2017 Conference

The #M3 Conference happened on June 8-9th 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The #M3 Conference mission was to target and engage Millennials and Generation Z in order to enhance the workforce, as well as improve the consulting process for millennial entrepreneurs. Read more.

A Vital Resource: SBDC at SUNY Canton Teaches E-Commerce and Social Media

A $45,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation has allowed the SBDC at SUNY Canton to host seminars instructing business owners on how to use social media to increase their customer base. The original goal of the program was to provide four training sessions on e-commerce and social media issues, as well as offer specialized follow-up counseling to at least 35 businesses. But the program has been so popular with entrepreneurs from the area that five such seminars have already been held with a sixth being planned. Read more.

Georgia SBDC at Kennesaw State University “GrowSmart” Program Helps Small Businesses Grow

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University GrowSmart has the tools and strategies to help small business owners reach their goals. Read more.

Penn State SBDC Created Jobs, Added Millions in Economic Development in 2016

The Penn State Small Business Development Center secured $8.6 million in financing, drove an increase in sales of more than $5 million for clients, and helped to save or create more than 200 jobs in Centre and Mifflin counties in 2016. Read more.

Half of Millennials Plan to Start a Business in the Next 3 Years

America’s Small Business Development Centers (America’s SBDC) partnered with the Center for Generational Kinetics to better understand how different generations view and approach entrepreneurship. The study reveals insights into the entrepreneurial mindsets of different generations of Americans. Read more.

Consistencia en Impulsar la Actividad Económica

Tras veinte largos años de establecidos en la Isla, los Centros de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas y Tecnología (SBTDC, por sus siglas en inglés) han atendido a 39,633 personas y han logrado retener y crear unos 44,392 empleos. Read more.

New Braunfels, Texas SBDC Opens New Doors to Entrepreneurs

Would-be New Braunfels entrepreneurs got a boost last week when the UTSA Small Business Development Center’s New Braunfels satellite office reopened its doors after undergoing a major renovation. Read more.

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay SBDC Encourages Veteran Entrepreneurship, Teams with Bunker Labs for ‘Muster Across Wisconsin’ at Lambeau Field

Bunker Labs is working exclusively with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to encourage veteran entrepreneurship and spark business ownership. The SBDC at UW-Green Bay will be a featured speaker at the Muster Across Wisconsin event, May 24, 2017 at Lambeau Field. Read more.

SBDC and City of Champaign, Illinois Win Program Excellence Award

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC was awarded the Roger Luman Program Excellence Award. The award recognizes the City of Champaign’s Small Business Incentive Program, a collaborative effort by the City of Champaign and SBDC to target new and existing small businesses by offering financial assistance for legal, financial, marketing, and training expenses. Read more.

What One Former Tennessee Liquor Store Owner Can Teach Business Owners About Selling At The Right Time

After 17 years, even with profits at an all-time high, Laura Overstreet decided it was time to sell her business. She listed the business and real estate for sale on Once the sale was complete, Laura sought a way to give back and share. She found an opening at the Knoxville Center of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). There she provides training & workshops to other small business owners looking for support. Read more.

Congressman and Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot Visits Local SBDC in Cincinnati, Ohio

U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) visited the Ohio SBDC this week at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League – Union Institute and University. The event was held to hear more about how the program operates and the effect it’s had on small businesses in the community. Read more.

Idaho SBDC Launches Cyber Security Awareness Program

In recognition of Small Business Week, May 1-5, and the cyber security risks small businesses face, the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is launching new cyber security tools for small businesses. Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Urges Small Businesses to be Hurricane Ready

This year, National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 7-13, 2017. The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, urges small business owners across the state to prepare for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and extends through November 30. Read more.

New York SBDC Clients Sweep 2017 SBA Syracuse District Awards

The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced three of its clients as 2017 Syracuse District Small Business Week Award winners, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Read more.

America’s SBDC Iowa Promotes May 6 to Celebrate Iowa’s Small Businesses

Small businesses are an important part of our communities. They play a central role to health and well-being of the state Iowa. To recognize the contributions of small businesses in Iowa, America’s SBDC Iowa has designated Saturday, May 6 as Focal on Local Day. On May 6, individuals are encouraged to support and shop at their local small businesses. Read more.

Illinois SBDC Guides Creative Couple to Picture-Perfect Photography Studio Start-Up

Professional photo sessions should be fun, creative and affordable, according to entrepreneur Johnnie “Miss J” Minney, owner of Speak To Miss J Photos, a new portrait studio in Shiloh that opened April 12. Illinois SBDC and ITC at SIU-E/East St. Louis SBDC Interim Director and Small Business Specialist Jo Ann DiMaggio May began meeting with the Minneys at no cost, providing marketing and pricing expertise, as well as business plan basics such as funding sources, referrals to various business experts including small business microlender Justine PETERSEN, signage professionals, accountants, attorneys and others. Read more.

Get ‘The Waffle Experience’

Scott Rogalski of the California State SBDC talks about what the SBDC does for small businesses. The SBDC sets out to help entrepreneurs start businesses, assist in business grow, and allow for business purchases. “The Waffle Experience” is one such business that the SBDC has helped to expand their brand. General Manager Jeffery Belaski talks about how the business has expanded from one to two restaurants and the addition of catering food trucks. Read more.

Small Business Growth Strong in Pennsylvania Area

Small business growth is making a big impact on Pennsylvania’s economy by employing nearly half of the private sector workforce and accounting for over 98 percent of all employers in the state. “Small businesses and new entrepreneurs are the true job creators and are essential to a healthy region economy,” said Raymong Vargo, Director at the University of Pittsburgh SBDC. Read more.

Abilene, Texas SBDC Celebrates 30 Years Helping Local Businesses

America’s Small Business Development Center of Abilene has reason to celebrate this week. Not only is it Small Business Week but the center is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Read more.

Small Business, Big Impact (A Small Business Development Center in Bernalillo, New Mexico Receives Innovation Award)

One small business development center here prides itself on helping communities grow by promoting small business ideas in New Mexico. And last week, the Small Business Administration recognized the Small Business Development Center, at the University of New Mexico West in Bernalillo, as an award winner for excellence and innovation. Read more.

Cindy Nellis Named Director of Clarion University SBDC

Cindy Nellis has been named Director of the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Employed with the program for more than twenty years, she brings significant experience in program management, business and economic development. Read more.

America’s SBDCs and SBDC Clients Recognized at National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.

America’s SBDC is excited to announce that the Ohio SBDC at The Hamilton Mill in Hamilton, Ohio and three SBDC clients from around the country will be acknowledged and awarded at this year’s National Small Business Week. Read more.

Pennsylvania SBDC Recognizes Congressman Dwight Evans as Small Business Champion

The Pennsylvania SBDC named U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) Small Business Champion for the Introduction of H.R. 1702, the SBDC Improvement Act of 2017. Read more.

Ohio SBDC Center Director Discusses SBDCs and Small Business on The City Show

Mike Stater of the Ohio SBDC in Warren County recently appeared as a guest on a television program called The City Show, to talk about the work of the Warren County SBDC and the annual Warren County Business Expo. Watch the interview.

Maximizing Millennial Minds 2017 Set to Encourage SBDCs to ‘Invest in Innovation’

America’s SBDC and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) will host the second annual Maximizing Millennial Minds Conference (M3) on June 8-9 in New Orleans. The theme for 2017 is “Investing in Innovation.” Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Earns National Accreditation

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Florida’s statutorily designated principal provider of business assistance, has been awarded accreditation from the Association of America’s SBDCs. The Association’s Accreditation Committee announced its award of accreditation without conditions – the highest standard of award and most successful accreditation the Florida network has achieved in its 40-year history. Read more.