South Carolina’s North Charleston SBDC holding workshop on starting a small business

The S.C. Small Business Development Center in North Charleston is holding a workshop for startups and would-be entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn about how a business is structured, how to write a business plan, about access to capital, insurance and market research. SBDC business consultant Robert Jones will be conducting the workshop. Read more.

UGA SBDC at VSU Presents Alternative Financing Forum

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University will present Alternative Financing Forum. Sponsored by United Midwest Savings Bank, Alternative Financing Forum is a no-cost financial workshop for small business owners in need of capital to operate and grow their business. Read more.

Florida SBDC at UWF presents ‘Starting a Business’

Have an idea for a business, but not sure where to start? Take the first step with the Florida SBDC’s “Starting a Business” workshop. In this workshop, talk about business concepts and find answers to many of your questions. Read more.

Colorado’s La Junta SBDC office has new director

Developing a good business plan is the start of any new business, and the Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center has a new and skillful director: Mickie Lewis-Gemici, housed in McDivitt Hall on the Otero Junior College campus. She can help with your business plan as well as financing. Read more.

Illinois SBDC for the metro East at SIUE startup business contest deadline is Aug. 5

Entrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in the 2019 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s sixth annual regional business plan competition. Read more.

Business Coach Shannon Mitchell receives 2019 WV SBDC State Star award

Business Coach Shannon Mitchell is being honored as West Virginia’s 2019 State Star, announced Debra Martin, state director for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC). Mitchell will join a constellation of SBDC State Star honorees from each state who will be recognized during the 39th Annual America’s SBDC Conference, Sept. 3-6, 2019, in Long Beach, California. Read more.

UW-Green Bay SBDC’s Dave Stauffacher wins state award

UW-Green Bay Outreach Specialist, Dave Stauffacher, a business counselor for the Small Business Development Center (America’s SBDC), was named the 2019 State Star Award winner for the State of Wisconsin. Read more.

Delaware SBDC seminar on financing options for small businesses set Aug. 13

The Delaware Small Business Development Center will host a seminar on alternative financing options for small businesses Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Milford Public Library. Presenters include Rachel Baldini of True Access Capital; Dawn Hopkins from the Delaware Division of Small Business; and Margo Reign from the Small Business Development Center. Read more.

Ohio SBDC to offer ‘Human Resources 101’ workshop

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas will offer the “Human Resources 101” workshop Aug. 23 at the Tolloty Technology Incubator. Joanna Forbes, owner and chief consultant of Forbes Human Resources LLC, will give an overview of the employment cycle and discuss the basics of employment law, employment forms and common policies, effective recruiting and performance management and corrective action. Read more.

WV SBDC State Director Debra Martin: Our business is making your business succeed

Running a small business is not for the faint of heart. Underestimating the challenges is one of the biggest obstacles that entrepreneurs face. Entrepreneurs are natural optimists and they may be experts in their fields, but no one should expect to do it alone. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert business coaching to help business owners navigate the challenging areas — from sales to finance to human resources to daily operations. Read more.

Get help writing business plan from the Iowa SBDC and Perry Chamber of Commerce

The Perry Chamber of Commerce launched a business development program in May called the Better My Business Workshop Series and Grant Competition. The July workshop will be a Business Model Canvas, hosted by statewide resource partner Jenica Johnson, regional director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Mid-Iowa. Read more.

Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Florida SBDC: Free Business Consulting – “Shop Talk” Thursdays

Have you ever wanted to sit down with a business professional and talk over your dream of starting a small business in Destin? Drop in for “Shop Talk” Thursdays with the Florida SBDC, hosted by the Destin Chamber. This is a no-charge, informal way to meet with a business professional from the Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF and talk over your ideas. Read more.

Employer Workshop – WDB Monterey County & Cal Coastal SBDC

Interested in hosting and finding the right intern? This interactive workshop is designed to help you do just that. Monterey Bay Economic Partnership with Cal Coastal Small Business Development Center and Workforce Development Board Monterey County will host a workshop for employers to learn more about the benefits and legal aspects of internships. Read more.

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East Celebrates Queen Beedz Second Anniversary

Queen Beedz, a client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since 2017, celebrated its second anniversary on July 1, much to the delight of owner Susan Hackney. Read more.

Earthquake relief for small businesses marks Bakersfield SBDC’s 100th webinar

Local small business owners affected by the recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest and neighboring communities can learn about a variety of programs that offer help for post-disaster challenges through the Small Business Administration. “Small Business Earthquake Relief ” will be the 100th free business webinar hosted by the Small Business Development Center at CSU Bakersfield. Read more.

Street Churros Makes The Move From Food Truck To New Retail Location In Monterey Park

Brothers James and Danny Shin had no previous entrepreneur or restaurant experience; however, that didn’t stop them from opening their own Street Churros retail location earlier this month. “We found a retail space in a mall, but we were feeling a lot of pressure from the owner and leasing agent to sign contracts that were asking way too much. I had a strange feeling that we were about to be taken for a ride and that’s when I reached out to the SBDC for help,” Julie said. Read more.

Arkansans Take Creative Steps to Deal with River Flooding

As the Arkansas River recedes, bridges have reopened in towns like Ozark and Russellville, but that wasn’t the case last week. In Ozark, Arkansas Highway 23 closed just south of Arkansas River, which led to the historic bridge being closed for several days. For those who lived south, getting to work in Ozark was difficult to say the least. Nathan George, Center Director of the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech University, used his 1947 Aeronca Champ airplane to get to his office while roads in his area were clogged due to the historic flooding. Read more.

Corpus Christi named best place to start business

According to Wallethub, the latest states from the website puts Corpus Christi at number three as one of the best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs in the nation, right below Pembroke Pines, Fl, and number one Laredo. “It’s amazing, and it doesn’t surprise me because we do have a very collaborative community here in the coastal bend area,” said Ann Fierova, Director of Del Mar College Small Business Development Center. The Small Business Development Center helps entrepreneurs get their business up and running. Read more.

How to Succeed With Your Small Business

Gerri Detweiler, education director for Nav and small business and credit expert, discusses how to turn your idea into a business, how to get your finances in order to fund your business, how to avoid the most common reasons small businesses fail, and how SBDCs can help. Listen to the podcast.

West Virgina SBDC Client Cyclops Industries celebrates 60th anniversary

Cyclops Industries marked 60 years in business with a Diamond Anniversary celebration. The event was held Wednesday, June 19, at the company’s manufacturing facility in South Charleston. Read more and watch the video.