Growing Years named Best Small Business for Michigan SBDC GLBR

Growing Years Christian School and Child Care Center, in Saginaw, has been recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center as the Best Small Business Honoree for the Michigan SBDC Great Lakes Bay Region. The team from Growing Years will be honored during National Small Business week at the 15th Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event on May 8 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Read more.

Illinois SBDC Announces Student Business Pitch Competition Winners

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL-SBDC) at Western Illinois University sponsored the first Student Business Pitch Competition April 11, providing a venue to student entrepreneurs. Read more.

Partnering for Success with DC SBDC’s Carl Brown

It doesn’t take long to hear the name Carl Brown when you’re talking about small business empowerment in the Washington, D.C., region. A Jamaica, Queens, New York native, now nation’s capital staple, Brown is a powerful force to reckon with. He is executive director of the D.C. Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) Network, which is housed at Howard University’s School of Business. DC SBDC has served tens of thousands of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Not only does Brown spearhead the DC SBDC, he also hosts “The Small Business Report,” which runs on Sirius XM Radio Channel 141. Read more.

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Pennsylvania SBDC

On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the outreach arm of the university’s Fox School of Business, she established herself as a successful business owner. Read more.

Small Business Development Center opens in Atlanta, Texas, City Hall

Last week, the Northeast Texas Small Business Development Center, an organization of the United States Small Business Administration responsible for fostering small business and entrepreneurship in Northeast Texas, opened new offices in Atlanta, Texas. Read more.

Maryland SBDC Boss Business Workshop inspires business owners

If a business wants to protect itself and have a successful recruiting process, according to the Small Business Development Center, it all starts with the boss. Main Street Hagerstown and the DBDC hosted several Washington County business owners Wednesday morning. Whether the business is just starting out or has been running for a decade, the SBDC said any and all businesses should constantly be updating and checking their HR departments, documentation, hiring and firing process to make sure they’re operations benefit the employees and themselves. Read more.

Youngstown, Ohio SBDC Wins ‘Excellence and Innovation Award’ from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration has presented the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University with the Excellence and Innovation Award. Last year, the office provided 7,035 hours of counseling to 279 clients. The work helped area businesses generate more than $96.87 million in sales, create 491 jobs and retain 1,496 jobs. In addition, the agency connect businesses to $17.51 million in capital. Read more.

Ohio SBDC Client EarthQuaker Devices wins national Exporter of the Year honor

Akron-based EarthQuaker Devices, which has garnered worldwide attention for its handcrafted guitar pedals, will be honored next month as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year. EarthQuaker has successfully made use of the SBDC Export Assistance Network, which provides free, confidential counseling to exporters and has offices throughout Ohio. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC client IT Mindshare provides big name talent close to home

With new digital threats evolving in parallel with everyday technology, the meaning of IT and the role it plays have also changed. That is where Monongalia County-based IT Mindshare comes in. Mindshare was named 2018’s Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration of West Virginia. IT Mindshare was nominated for the award by West Virginia Small Business Development Center coach Todd Crump, who said he was impressed by Harris’ drive to improve when they met four years ago. Read more.

Steve Johnson selected as deputy state director of West Virginia Small Business Development Center

Steve Johnson has been named deputy state director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC). Before taking his new post, Johnson served as network coordinator for the statewide program. He joined WV SBDC in 2013 as a business coach and has more than 25 years of small business ownership experience. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC client JesterLine’s not joking around about bringing gaming to the Buckhannon community

It may have been April Fool’s Day, but JesterLine wasn’t joking around about its grand opening and ribbon cutting April 1. JesterLine Gaming Technologies was also named the West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s Small Business of the Month. Read more.

21 SBDC Expert Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

It’s not unusual for business owners to feel stuck at times. Sales are leveling off, it’s gotten hard to find employees to staff up, or you just feel like you’re in a rut. When this happens, you may need a new set of eyes to help you find ways to reenergize and grow your business. Your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a great place to turn, as it offers free consulting, along with training that is often free or low-cost. SBDCs work with a variety of small business owners and will see opportunity where you see obstacles. Here, 21 SBDC experts share strategies for any business looking to grow. Read more.

Federal agencies say Maine will have to rely on small businesses for job growth

Two federal agencies say Maine will have to continue relying on small businesses for most of the state’s job growth. Mark Delisle, with the Small Business Development Centers, says the agency last year helped launch 136 new businesses in Maine, helping develop business plans and get loans. “Maine really is a small business state. It’s about entrepreneurs and small businesses every day driving this economy. You can count large companies on one or two hands,” Delisle said. Read more.

How to Turn Your Genius Idea Into an Actual Product

If you’ve finally decided to turn your craft or eureka moment into a full-blown business, congratulations — you’re one step closer to becoming an entrepreneur! Understanding the business, however, can be tricky. “Everyone wants the next best idea, but another key question is: are you solving a problem?” says Kedma Ough, a Statewide Innovation Director for the Oregon SBDC Network and author of “Target Funding.” Read more.

Alabama SBDC’s International Trade Center Among EXIM Bank Small Business Award Winners

In recognition of exemplary contributions to America’s small business exports, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) announced the recipients of its small business awards for exporter, lender, broker, new broker, and members of EXIM’s Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP). The Alabama SBDC’s International Trade Center (AITC) was recognized as a REPP Member of the Year. The AITC at the University of Alabama helps the state’s small businesses learn about EXIM products realize global opportunities. In fiscal year 2018, the AITC facilitated about $1.6 million in EXIM authorizations. Read more.

University of Houston-Victoria SBDC Client Vela Farms reaches $1 million in H-E-B sales

When Sara Vela arrived at the UHV Small Business Development Center to speak about the H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best, a contest she won in 2014 that put her Vela Farms jellies and jams on grocery shelves across Texas, she did not expect to receive another award. Representatives from H-E-B headquarters in San Antonio presented her with a belt buckle for reaching $1 million in sales in about 300 H-E-B grocery stores across Texas. Read more.

Widener University School of Business Administration and SBDC Success Lab to Become SAP Next-Gen Lab

SAP has chosen Widener University’s School of Business Administration and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) SBDC’s Success Lab as a SAP Next-Gen Lab for design thinking and analytics. The lab is an innovative space where students, faculty, and business consultants gather to find solutions to help clients start or grow their businesses. Read more.

How the Small Business Development Center Supports Entrepreneurs in Georgia – Mark Collier, Business Consultant

Today we speak with Mark Collier, Business Consultant at the UGA Small Business Development Center in Dekalb County. The UGA SBDC is one of 17 small business development centers around the state. Centers like this one provides support to entrepreneurs and small business owners by offering opportunities for business education, mentorship, and expertise from seasoned consultants. If you haven’t taken advantage of the resources yet, don’t wait any longer. Read more.

University of Scranton Small Business Development Center celebrates SBDC Day

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently celebrated SBDC Day with the 18 other centers in Pennsylvania and close to 1,000 centers across the nation. SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. The Scranton SBDC serves eight counties in the Northeast and Northern Tier and, since 1980, has provided 98,000 consulting hours to almost 17,000 start-up and existing businesses, helping small businesses in the region secure $108,000,000 in capital. Read more.

Celebrating small business: March 20 is #SBDCDay

Nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers across the county – including New Jersey’s 12 – will participate in SBDC Day on Wednesday, shining a light on the mission and success of the offices on social media and with live events. According to the New Jersey Small Business Development Center, a proclamation declaring March 20 #SBDCDay in the state was recently signed by both Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. Read more.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon’s Message for SBDC Day 2019

Watch a video message from U.S. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, celebrating SBDC Day. Watch the video.

W.Va. small businesses economic impact recognized on #SBDCDay

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center joined the national recognition of #SBDCDay, Wednesday, March 20, during a proclamation ceremony at the Capitol. Gov. Jim Justice declared March 20 as Small Business Development Center Day. The SBDC Day proclamation celebrates the success of the state’s small businesses and the Small Business Development Centers that support them. Read more.

Governor signs proclamation for SBDC Day in Wyoming

Gov. Mark Gordon (R-WY) signed a proclamation designating March 20, 2019 as Small Business Development Center Day in Wyoming. On Wednesday, Wyoming entrepreneurs will join thousands across the country in sharing their success stories thanks to assistance from their local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Last year, #SBDCDay was one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter. For 24 years, the Wyoming SBDC Network has helped entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses through nine regional offices across the state. In 2018 alone, the Wyoming SBDC Network assisted 1,366 entrepreneurs, resulting in 111 new businesses, 1,402 jobs created or saved and a capital impact of more than $10 million for the state’s economy. Read more.

Delaware Small Business Development Center celebrates National SBDC Day

March 20 marks the third annual National SBDC Day, a nationwide proclamation of the impact of America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). For more than 35 years, the University of Delaware’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has provided training programs and free one-one-one professional business consulting. Read more.

March 20th is national SBDC Day

March 20th is national SBDC Day, a national movement and social media campaign to help share collectively the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide. Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) along with clients, stakeholders, and partners will post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn today, using the hashtag #SBDCDay, and encourage liking, commenting and sharing. Read more.

Roundup: SBDC Day

Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared today “Louisiana Small Business Development Center Day” as part of a national movement to share the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs have fostered in communities. America’s SBDC network is celebrating 40 years. Edwards says it helped start 141 new businesses in Louisiana during fiscal year 2017-18, creating more than 866 jobs. Read more.

Small Business Development Center celebrates third year in operation

Across America, small business development centers celebrated Small Busienss Development Centers Day, and locally, Middlesboro’s Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College celebrated with several in the community. Read more.

Butte businesses share their stories at annual event celebrating Small Business Development Centers

Government leaders and economic-development advocates from around the state gathered Wednesday morning in Butte to celebrate a Montana-made event: national SBDC Day. Now in its third year, the event celebrates the impact of Small Business Development Centers across the country. Montana’s SBDC network is 30 years old and is credited with creating the national campaign. Read more.

South Dakota SBDC helps inject $284 million into economy

The South Dakota Small Business Development Center and its statewide network of offices helped businesses inject nearly $284 million into the state’s economy during 2018. The network of business-assistance offices and programs also helped create or retain more than 1,200 jobs last year and helped 101 new businesses get started. Read more.

Superior Business Development Center Celebration

The University of Wisconsin-Superior celebrated it’s business development center today. All over the country was SBDC Day, and a celebration of working together to build businesses in Northwest Superior. Director of SBDC at UW-Superior Andy Donahue stated that “most importantly, we are celebrating out clients and their successes. Read more.

University of Wisconsin-Superior celebrates impact of small businesses

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will hold an open house in recognition of Small Business Development Day on Wednesday, March 20. This event celebrates the success of SBDC clients and is open to the public. “Over the past 12 months, we have marked incredible growth for our eight-county region,” said Andy Donahue, director of the SBDC at UWS. “We are so proud to be working with so many passionate and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to strengthening our economy and workforce day in and day out. Together, we were able to serve over 100 clients through one-on-one consulting and training events, along with helping these individuals with over $4 million of direct financial impact to their business.” Read more.

National SBDC Day Celebrated at Salt City Coffee in Syracuse

The owners of Salt City Coffee at 509 W. Onondaga St. in Syracuse marked their second anniversary in business and celebrated National SBDC Day at the same time. SBDC Day is a “national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation” in economic development and the small businesses community. Read more.

Small Business in focus at Brazosport College

Residents dipping their toes into the world of business or seeking guidance might not need to look far for help. For the third year, America’s Small Business Development Center at Brazosport College staff used an open house to coincide with SBDC Day. Read more.

March 20th Proclaimed New Jersey Small Business Development Centers Day

America’s SBDC New Jersey will join with the other 49 states’ SBDCs across the nation to celebrate SBDC Day on March 20. Nearly 1,000 offices nationally are collaborating to promote the core mission and highlight successful outcomes of America’s SBDC program via social media and live business events. The national program assists about 1 million entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed a Proclamation acknowledging #SBDC Day on March 20, alluding to the impact of the SBDC program, joining other states’ governors nationally. Read more.

Officials hope to raise awareness for small businesses at the 3rd annual SBDC Day

The Small Business Development Center celebrated another landmark while also dealing with losing a third of its state funding. The Small Business Development Center at Midwestern State University plays a big part in helping entrepreneurs start or grow their small business. Sarah Williams started one of her businesses called Framed in 2013 after teaching local paint nights and needing to frame the canvases they were painting on. When she decided to open her retail store Framed in 2015 she used the SBDC at MSU to help her out. Read more.

Waubonsee Celebrates and Assists Small Businesses

Wednesday, March 20 is National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day. While that day is significant, the SBDC at Waubonsee Community College celebrates small businesses and their owners every day by providing resources they need to be successful. Read more.

What SBDC Experts Say Most Entrepreneurs Don’t Understand About Becoming a Business Owner

When it comes to starting a new business venture, most entrepreneurs focus solely on how they can get funding. Yet they often do not have a clear understanding of the funding process. Nor have they considered some of the many challenges of business ownership and how that might affect the amount of money they actually need. We spoke to some of the leading experts at America’s SBDC, a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), to get their insights on the most common questions asked by entrepreneurs. Here’s what experts say entrepreneurs should consider when buying or starting a business. Read more.

Successful Abilene business owners created through SBDC

The U.S. Small Business Administration is celebrating Small Business Day, in the Key City. Small businesses like “Nothing Bundt Cakes” in Abilene, have benefited from SBA. The pastry business turns two years old, in June. Co-owner Chuck Lawson explained, that in these two years, his pastries sales have skyrocketted and have landed him in the top 10-percent, out of 300 other stores. “They put a program together, along with us, on my finances and setting goals and it grew from there and all you got to do is go to work and work hard at it. It’ll come to you,” Lawson said. Read more.

Small business programs help Salt City Coffee in Syracuse get started

In just two short years, Salt City Coffee in Syracuse has gone from a dream to a successful small business thanks to some free help for budding entrepreneurs. Owners Aaron and Maria Metthe utilized SBA’s Small Business Development Center located at Onondaga Community College for much of the guidance they needed. Admittedly, the couple knew nothing about starting or running a business. Read more.

Small Business Credit Startup Launches Innovation Competition Award in Partnership with New York SBDC

Betterfin, a Brooklyn-based small business credit platform, announced today a partnership with New York SBDC to create an Innovation Pitch Competition to identify and fund novel ideas to better serve SBDC small business clients across the state. Teams of SBDC advisors organized by special expertise such as marketing, government contracting, finance, and startup businesses will compete for the prize. Read more.

SBDC in Crookston, Minnesota – Anderson says she’s been busy

Crookston’s Small Business Development Center had a great year in 2018, SBDC Specialist and Consultant Christine Anderson told the Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority board at this week’s meeting at RiverView Health. Read more.

Illinois SBDC, HUBZone and Government Contracting Webinar

The Illinois SBDC/PTAC network is holding an informational workshop to promote, educate, and provide resources to small businesses eligible to participate in the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program. Read more.

Georgia DOT and Shorter University SBDC partnering for workshop for small businesses owners

Small business owner who reside in Northwest Georgia and are interested in learning about business opportunities available with the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), then look no further than the workshop coming up next week. The Georgia DOT State Supported Funding Program (SSFP) is partnering with the SBDC located on the campus of Shorter University to host a workshop for eligible small business owners, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and veteran-owned small businesses interested in learning about projects funded through the state. Read more.

Arizona’s Payson’s branch of Small Business Development Center here to help

Starting a small business can seem like you’re shooting the rapids on an unfamiliar raging river without a guide. Fortunately, there’s a group that can help navigate those perilous waters. Free. The Eastern Arizona College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the Arizona SBDC (ASBDC) and provides no-cost business counseling to existing businesses and start-ups. The EACSBDC covers Graham, Greenlee and Gila counties. Read more.