SBDCs In The News

U.S. State Department, America’s SBDC, and Other Partners Name Finalists for 2017 Cohort of the La Idea Incubator Program

The US State Department, America’s SBDC and other partners announced the 2017 La Idea Incubator Program Manufacturing Cohort Finalists. Funded and initiated by the United States Department of State, the La Idea Incubator Program is a powerful initiative focused on strengthening entrepreneurship and job creation across Central America. The La Idea Incubator Program especially encourages trade and commerce between Central America and the United States. Read more.

WV SBDC Celebrates 35 Years of Service to State’s Small Businesses

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) celebrated its 35th anniversary Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The event was attended by the WV SBDC Advisory Board, business coaches, elected officials and business leaders from around the state. Read more.

Area Small Businesses See Boost From University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC

Whether someone is an aspiring entrepreneur or a long-time restaurant owner, there are several opportunities to learn about the small business industry in Guadalupe and Comal Counties. Through a partnership between the Seguin Economic Development Center (SEDC), New Braunfels EDC and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — many local businesses have been able to start off or expand. Read more.

Illinois SBDC and ITC at Champaign County EDC Sees Big Shift In Small Businesses

After joining the county’s Small Business Development Center two-and-a-half years ago, Don Elmore thought his bulk of clients would’ve thinned by now. He thought wrong. The SBDC, which sits under Champaign County’s Economic Development Corporation, took on 167 new clients from January to September this year alone and advised a total of 239 for that same time period. Read more.

Illinois SBDC Helps Sly Hedgehog Productions With Murder Mysteries

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni Jessica Napier and Libby Sykes are providing the local area with a live version of the board game “Clue” with their Murder Mystery Dinner events. The Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East, at the direction of Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May, met with Napier and Sykes to provide expert business services such as marketing and venue recommendations. Read more.

New Regional Director Named For West Michigan SBDC

The West Michigan Small Business Development Center has named Edward Garner as its new regional director. Garner, former president and CEO of Muskegon Area First, an economic development corporation, will provide oversight, resource development, coordination and management of the SBDC West Michigan Regional Office. Read more.

SBDC for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Adds New Advisor Specializing In Business And Corporate Law

The Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, which provides free one-on-one consulting to help strengthen the bottom lines of area companies, has added attorney Joyce Wallach as a new consultant to its roster of over 30 small business advisors. Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Deploys Mobile Assistance Centers to Florida Keys

Following Hurricane Irma’s devastating impact, the Florida SBDC Network has deployed its emergency response Mobile Assistance Centers (MACs) to the Florida Keys to aid local businesses impacted by the storm. Read more.

Business Boss: West Virginia SBDC’s Matt Coffey Is Big On Coaching Small Businesses

So you want to start your own business, do you? Be your own boss? Become an entrepreneur? Most of all, consider giving Matt Coffey a call. A business coach with the Small Business Development Center of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Coffey assists businesses of all kinds and sizes with questions and challenges in dozens of different ways. Planning and marketing, permitting and licensing, growth and acquisition — he has discreetly advised hundreds of businesses big and small about it all. Read more.

Napa-Sonoma SBDC: A Win/Win Business Success Story

Two years ago Sara Chappellet took the NxLevel Business Training, a specialty program through California’s Napa-Sonoma SBDC. She wanted to refine and refresh her existing business plan for her business, Heaven and Earth in St. Helena. Read more.

14 Startup Tips From Small Business Pros

If you want to start your small business right and reduce your chances of failing, you’re in luck. All across the country, there are experts who have seen firsthand what business owners often do wrong—and right—and can help you avoid similar mistakes. Experts from the nation’s 63 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are more than happy to share their advice for starting and growing a business successfully. Read more.

University of Houston-Victoria SBDC Services Help Business Owners Reopen

Recovering from a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey is not an easy task for anyone. For small businesses it is like starting all over again, no matter how long they have been in business. With the myriad programs available to help the general population, small business owners can turn to the Small Business Development Center at the University of Houston-Victoria for assistance in rebuilding. Read more.

The Passion Behind Women-Owned Businesses

As a single mother, the only time Mary Tiffin could run was at night. “It’s dark and there aren’t a lot of streetlights,” she said. She took her business idea to Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University Small Business Development Center and eventually created RunLites. The lighted gloves, which are rechargeable thanks to a USB connection, allow runners to see where they are going in the dark. Tiffin said they last eight hours and allow you to see about 40 feet in front of you. Read more.