SBDCs In The News

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.

SBA Hot Topic Tuesday — America’s SBDCs on the Front Line Helping Small Biz Hurricane Victims

Don’t forget about the free resources your local SBDC can offer to your small business customers who are facing the loss of their livelihood due to the recent hurricanes. Mary Peters of the South-West Texas Border SBDC network reinforces two facts: “We would like to promote within the lending community that SBDC’s are here not just for starting or growing a business. In the case of an emergency such as a fire, flood, hurricane, or earthquake, SBDC’s are uniquely positioned to jump in and address the needs of the small business community.” Read more.

University of Georgia SBDC Offers Small Business Consulting to Augusta Area

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consults with small businesses in Georgia to help not only start ups thrive but also help existing businesses improve. “We are tasked with increasing the economic well-being of small businesses in Georgia,” said Rick McMurtrey, area director for the SBDC Augusta office. “We help get financing, put together projections, help refine business plans, develop marketing plans as well as social media strategies.” Read more.

SBA and Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Set Up Business Recovery Centers for SE Texas Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network announced the opening of SBA Business Recovery Centers in Beaumont and Missouri City, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Among Post-Hurricane Irma Resources to Aid Business Recovery

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, as business owners take inventory of damages and assess the well-being of their employees, businesses must rebuild quickly without compromising safety and quality. Here is a list of tips and resources from local chambers of commerce, business alliances and networking organizations, including the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s chief provider of business assistance. Read more.

First Millennial Director of East Colorado SBDC Pursues Lifelong Passion of Helping Small Businesses

Lisa Hudson knows the struggles and triumphs small business owners face. Now, Hudson is the director of the East Colorado Small Business Development Center, helping people just like her father across 13 counties in eastern Colorado. Read more.

University of Houston-Victoria SBDC Advises Small Businesses To Re-evaluate Business Plans After A Disaster

Business owners who sustained substantial loss from Hurricane Harvey should treat reopening their business like starting up for the
first time. Whether the business owner gets funds through the Small Business Administration, a bank loan or their savings,
reopening will take planning and capital. Lack of these is the reason behind the majority of small businesses that fail, said Joe
Humphreys, University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center executive director. Read more.

UTSA SBDC Offers Advice On Disaster Preparedness

While many people are deciding when to return home after Harvey and business owners weigh when to reopen, some shops in
disaster zones are left questioning the future. Small business experts advise that owners have a plan in place before disaster hits.
“Every business is unique. The more you examine your processes for resiliency in a crisis, the more you’ll know about effective
operations for your business at any time,” said Deirdre Pattillo, project manager at UTSA’s Small Business Development Center. Read more.

UTSA SBDC International Trade Center Helps Chile Establish SBDCs And Expand Market Access For U.S. Businesses

Less than two years after Chilean President Michelle Bachelet celebrated the opening of Chile’s first small business development
center (SBDC) in Valparaiso, the country has commemorated the completion of its national SBDC network with the opening of its
51st center. Chile is one of several countries where UTSA is helping expand market access for the United States. Read more.

Disaster Recovery Assistance For Businesses, Individuals Available

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Donald Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced. The declaration covers the counties of San Patricio, Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, and Refugio as a result of Hurricane Harvey which began Aug. 23, 2017. Read more.

Study Finds Half Of All Millennials Want To Be Their Own Boss

Millennials have been called everything from lazy, to self entitled, to passionate — but a new study finds it’s best to call them entrepreneurs. America’s Small Business Development Center, or SBDC, found half of all millennials plan to start a small business within the next three years. Read more.

Wyoming SBDC State Director Receives Woman of Influence Award

Jill Kline, Woming SBDC State Director, received the Wyoming Business & Business Services Woman of Influence award from the Wyoming Business Report. Read more.

America’s SBDC Arizona Network Announces: Ellen Kirton SBA Boots to Business (B2B) Instructor of the Year Recipient

The Arizona SBDC Network is pleased to announce Ellen Kirton, Director of Pima Community College SBDC, has been recognized by the Small Business administration for her work as a Boots to Business instructor. Her expertise and dedication for helping military veterans pursue their dream of business ownership will be honored during the 37th Annual America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC Helps Screech Owl Brewery Break Ground

The West Virginia SBDC helped Screech Owl Brewery develop a business plan to break ground for a 1,500 square foot addition. Read more.

Facebook Visits Boise, Offers Tips for Small Business Owners

Representatives from Facebook visited Boise Thursday, Aug. 24, teaching nearly 200 small business owners ways to boost their presence and engage with customers using the popular social network. Read more.

Age of Uncertainty

When it comes to making decisions in an age of uncertainty, “many businesses we’ve been in contact with are following a more short-term approach, but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the future,” confirmed Virendra Chhikara, Director of Louisiana’s Small Business Development Center (a partner to the federal Small Business Administration) at the University of Louisiana. Read more.

Puerto Rico Small Business Development Centers: 20 Years of Success Stories

The Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centers is celebrating its 20th Year Anniversary, highlighting its economic development impact in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico SBTDC will be hosting the “Think Big and Grow Smarter Business Summit” on August 18th, 2017 at the Condado Plaza Hilton. Read more.

Washington SBDC Offers Free Cybersecurity Workshops for Small Businesses

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a three-hour workshop in Seattle and in Bellevue in September to help business owners learn best practices for protecting data against cyberattacks. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Read more.