10 fast-growing jobs for would-be entrepreneurs

New data suggests millennials looking to be their own boss should think strategically about the gig economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 9.6 million self-employed workers in 2016. This number is expected to increase to 10.3 million by 2026. Millennials have struggled to build businesses at the same rates Gen-Xers or Boomers did at their age thanks, in part, to high college debt that makes bootstrapping difficult. These challenges have made millennials eager to create their own opportunities. A 2017 study conducted for business development group America’s SBDC found that two-thirds of millennials surveyed believed entrepreneurship offered more job security than working for someone else. Read more.

Jim Moran Institute, Florida SBDC Network Announce Partnership

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network are pleased to announce their partnership to host the 2019 Small Business Leadership Conference in Orlando in summer 2019. The annual Jim Moran Institute Small Business Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn, share and network. Speakers cover innovative techniques, solutions and practices that help improve all aspects of every business owner’s relationship with customers. Read more.

Microbrewery puts Preston, West Virginia on the map

Although Screech Owl Brewing has been making and selling craft beer since 2014, the success of opening the new cafe has been nothing short of an overnight success story right in the heart of the small Preston County community. When owners Roger and Crista Johnson opened their taproom and the Spent Grain Cafe adjacent to their brewery in July, they had no idea the huge response that would follow. The Johnsons attribute much of their success to their team of family, plus several neighbors, businesses and help from the Small Business Development Center. Read more.

How A 60-Something Couple Turned A Hobby Into A Growing Craft Brewery With Help From The West Virginia SBDC

In Cuzzart, West Virginia, a hamlet not far from the Maryland and Pennsylvania borders, Roger and Crista Johnson have transformed the family farm into a thriving, award-winning small-batch craft brewery, Screech Owl Brewing, and a new taproom, Spent Grain Cafe. The Johnsons did receive a $50,000 SBA microloan for equipment purchases. And when they reached a plateau with the brewery, they turned for advice to the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, which put them in touch with a helpful business coach. Read more.

Bucknell SBDC honors Valley entrepreneurs on 40th anniversary

The Bucknell Small Business Development Center spent the last 40 years assisting entrepreneurs in the launch or evolution of local companies in the Susquehanna Valley. More than 100 business persons along with university administrators, staff and students as well as elected officials gathered for the event. Read more.

10 Tools Business Owners Can Use To Work On Their Credit

Improving business cash flow can help you reduce debt and pay your bills on time. Free and low cost counseling is available from several not-for-profit agencies including… Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer free face-to-face business consulting and low-cost training through nearly 1000 offices nationwide. Read more.

Tennessee’s JSCC Small Business Development Center named top in state

Small businesses are making big strides in Jackson. Jackson State Community College’s Small Business Development Center was named the number one resource partner in Tennessee Thursday. The SBDC helped the largest number of small businesses get the highest amount in loans, finishing out at almost $4 million. Read more.

East Colorado SBDC consults with startups and existing businesses from both brick-and-mortar and virtual settings

Growing up in the home of an entrepreneur, Lisa Hudson saw first-hand the ups and downs of what it takes to run a business and how rewarding it can be. Now as executive director of the East Colorado Small Business Development Center, she gets to help lots of businesspeople in 13 counties build their businesses, from grape growers on the eastern plains to small manufacturers along the Front Range. Read more.

SBIR/STTR Assistance Available Through Florida SBDC Network, Florida PTAC

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) recently conducted an intensive SBIR/STTR training as part of the Florida SBDC Network’s 2018 Annual Conference to help small businesses evaluate, understand, prepare for, and win SBIR/STTR grants and contracts. Read more.

Group of 63 Graduates From TAMIU SBDC’s Small Business Management Certificate Program

A cohort of 63 current and future small business owners received their Small Business Management Certificate (SBMC) during Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center’s (TAMIU SBDC) annual graduation ceremony. Read more.

State Director Announced for Idaho Small Business Development Center

The Idaho Small Business Development Center (www.idahosbdc.org), announced today that Doug Covey, former Regional Director of the Idaho SBDC, has been selected as the State Director for the organization. Doug will replace Katie Sewell, who announced her retirement after 20 years with the Idaho SBDC. Read more.

Cybersecurity initiative for small businesses launched by West Virginia SBDC

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center is launching a cybersecurity initiative to train small businesses to defend themselves against the growing risk of cyber threat. “Cyber intrusion is a big threat to all small businesses, from coffee shops to industrial manufacturers,” said SBDC Director Erika Bailey. “That is why WV SBDC has joined with Advantage Technology to provide a free cyber security training workshop.” Read more.

Texas conference to encourage rural economic development

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will host its ninth annual Texas Rural Challenge conference in New Braunfels on July 16 -17. “Our focus is really to bring practitioners, rural communities, government from the federal and state perspective, to really come and have a dialogue about our rural communities and how to grow our communities,” Al Salgado, executive director of UTSA Southwest Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, said. Read more.

West Virginia Small Businesses Receive Loans, May Prove Promising for Panhandle’s Economy

A sign that lending institutions may be loosening up their purse strings a bit, two Eastern Panhandle small businesses secured commercial loans this quarter to open or expand, officials said. Two businesses located in the downtown Martinsburg area had commercial loans approved by the U.S Department of Agriculture, said Matt Coffey, business coach with the Small Business Development Center of the Eastern Panhandle, who gave a quarterly small business update to the Berkeley County Development Authority Wednesday. Read more.

Colorado SBDC Launches New Team to Run West Central Office

The Colorado Small Business Development Center launches a new team to run the West Central SBDC office. There are currently 22 small business consultants available through the West Central SBDC. In 2017, they served 290 companies with over 1,200 hours of free consulting. The demand for business support in our dynamic valley is expected to increase each year. Read more.

Illinois Metro East SBDC at SIUE Elevating Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fifth annual regional business plan competition — the 2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge. The challenge is organized by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE and facilitated with the help of the SIUE School of Business. The purpose is to identify, encourage and support entrepreneurs and business startups across the SBDC’s service area, including Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph counties. Read more.

Fledgling Bakersfield, California home-based business is ‘Rising Star’

With years of experience and a commitment to providing improved IT service to Bakersfield businesses, Josh and Stephanie Lowrey launched TRIS Technology Solutions (www.trisbak.com) as a home-based business in 2014. After two years of rapid growth, state economic development officials had recognized the company as a “Rising Star in the IT Industry” and a “Business to Watch.” Nominating TRIS for the “Rising Star” award, small business development consultant Jay Thompson noted that the couple’s “greatest entrepreneurial achievement, besides surviving the first year, would be achieving a 100 percent customer satisfaction rating. The goal of the Small Business Development Center at California State University, Bakersfield, is to help new businesses, such as TRIS Technology Solutions, not only survive, but to prosper. Read more.

Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia to host national SBIR tour

The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia (Alliance) is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and others to welcome the National SBIR Road Tour to Huntington on June 21, giving small business owners and researchers the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest federal seed fund, which awards more than $2.5 billion annually. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC Client, Screech Owl Brewing, Highlighted in SBA Tour

A Preston County, West Virginia brewery is symbolic of how small businesses can benefit with a helping hand from the Small Business Administration, one of its administrators said Thursday. “I’m out to spread the word about everything the SBA has to offer,” said Michelle Christian, the White House-appointed mid-Atlantic regional administrator, as she toured several West Virginia businesses to promote rural entrepreneurial growth and expansion. The first stop on the tour was Screech Owl Brewing, owned by Roger and Crista Johnson. After receiving a micro-loan from one of the SBA programs, the Johnsons were placed with a business coach, Lindsey Teets, through the Small Business Development Center. Teets has helped the small business owners in several capacities, including their expansion plans. Read more.

Arkansas SBTDC Client and Former College Athlete Empowers Others to be Entrepreneurs

Former Henderson State women’s basketball player and Arkansas SBTDC client Krystan Beachum published her first book, For the Other 98%: The Ultimate Guide for Student-Athletes To Go Pro in Entrepreneurship. The how-to manual provides practical startup advice for former student-athletes, which includes reaching out to your local SBDC. Read more.