SBDCs In The News

Business Workshop Available Online From The West Virginia SBDC

Busy would-be entrepreneurs have a flexible option to learn the fundamentals of starting a business. An online version of the business fundamentals workshop is available from the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC). The online workshop is designed specifically for people who are thinking of starting a business, or have had a business for one year or less. Read more.

The Maine SBDCs Report They Helped Save or Create 661 Jobs in 2017

The Maine Small Business Development Centers, a statewide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, reported today that it helped save or create 661 jobs in 2017. A program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Southern Maine, Maine SBDC’s 2017 annual report also provided the following metrics of its economic impact last year: Its certified business advisors across Maine provided no-cost business advising to 1,400 entrepreneurs; Maine SBDC clients secured $44 million in capital; 98 new businesses created; incremental tax revenues of $4.16 for every $1 invested in Maine SBDC. Read more.

$2.3 Million SBA Grant to Help University of Houston’s Bauer Program Create 300 New Small Businesses in 2018

The University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business will help create 300 new small businesses in Houston over the next year thanks to a $2.3 million continuation grant from the Small Business Administration. The grant has been awarded to the Bauer College’s Small Business Development Center, which serves 32 counties along the Gulf Coast and is one of four of the regional headquarters offices in Texas. Read more.

10 Expert Social Media Tips to Help Your Small Business Succeed

Social media can be a great way for small business owners to connect with prospects and customers…. “The key thing with Facebook is to remember that the algorithm they use rewards posts that have interaction. If a business posts something, but no one responds, then Facebook won’t show it to anyone…. The key is to ask questions and respond to the answers.” — Adam McCloskey, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF. Read more.

7 Simple Ways To Make Your Startup Look More Professional

This 14-Step Checklist to Make Your Business Legit will provide additional guidance as you launch and grow your business. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider reaching out to your local Small Business Development Center or SCORE office for help from an experienced business advisor or mentor. Read more.

Los Alamos SBDC Helps Secure More Than $1.5 Million In Financial Assistance For Area Businesses

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos helped secure more than $1.5 million in financial assistance to several of its clients through conventional and alternative commercial lenders in recent months. These clients are seeking to expand and modernize their respective product lines. Read more.

Learn, Baby Learn: Free Resources To Help You Grow

Education Director Gerri Detweiler of Nav shares “The SBDCs across the U.S. don’t just provide free mentoring, they provide tons of free education and can connect business owners to the right experts and fellow entrepreneurs to get them answers. The buzz you get after talking to them is exhilarating — SBDCs really care about fostering the growth of small businesses in America and they do it all for free or a low cost.” Read more.

17 Free Resources That Will Help You Grow Your Business This Year

Is 2018 the year you plan to launch your business or take it to the next level? If so, we’ve got a round up of 17 awesome free resources that can help you achieve your goals for growth. Some of these services may offer a paid subscription but the free version can provide significant value. Read more.

For Florence, Oregon Entrepreneurs, there’s “No Wrong Door” Between RAIN And LaneSBDC

For Florence entrepreneurs, there’s “no wrong door” between the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), and the Lane Small Business Development Center (SBDC). These organizations share a common vision of a thriving local economy, and they collaborate to serve the business community by offering complementary services and refer clients to each other. Read more.

Wear Your Spirit Warehouse Owner Grows Business With Assistance From Maryland SBDC

One year ago, Ali Banholzer of Huntingtown was at a turning point with her business. Banholzer owns Wear Your Spirit Warehouse, a small, local business that creates personalized, promotional gear like T-shirts, mugs, hats, banners and more, much of which is for area school teams and clubs, youth sports teams and Vacation Bible School programs. She turned to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance. Read more.

National Mentoring Month Is A Good Time To Measure The Health Of Your Small Business

January is National Mentoring Month and a good time to reap the benefits of counseling and mentoring services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their network of resource partners, including the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), SCORE WV, and the WVU Women’s Business Center. Read more.

Bucknell SBDC Client, Play Impossible, Gets A Big Bounce at CES – Wins “Last Gadget Standing”

A high-tech bouncing ball, designed and engineered in Lewisburg, was the last gadget standing at one of the world’s largest electronics show this week. Play Impossible Gameball, launched out of the incubator Startup Lewisburg and Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, was tagged as the fan’s favorite during the Last Gadget Standing contest at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. Read more.

Veteran Michigan SBDC Consultant, Banking Executive Launches Left Coast Capital To Help Small-Business Owners Sell Their Companies

Eric Seifert, a veteran Western Michigan SBDC consultant and banking executive, has launched Left Coast Capital Resources LLC in Muskegon to help small-business owners to sell their companies. Read more.

Four Myths About Small-Business Internships, Ranked

Internships have become crucial in finding that first job, so offices like mine are constantly searching for paid internships for students in all majors at every phase of their four years of study. Read more.

Scranton, Pennsylvania Businesswoman, Advocate Lives Life To Fullest By Fulfilling Dreams

That day, Jennifer Derr made a promise to herself to do everything she once felt too passive to do. Recently, she achieved one of her goals, opening a homegoods store in West Scranton. Derr worked with community groups to open Jenny’s Corner, including University of Scranton Small Business Development Center and Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, as well as student interns. She picked a location for the store that many residents can reach by foot. The store stays open later so those who work during the day can shop local at night and Derr offers part-time work for high school students, including her younger daughter. 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. They work with entrepreneurs every day, providing free and low-cost consulting. Collectively, SBDCs help a new business launch every 31 minutes, and provide more than 1.3 million hours of consulting services to entrepreneurs annually. To get you started, we’ve asked some of these advisors to share their best tips for new businesses. Read more.

Colombian SBDC Network Inaugurated

The Colombian national SBDC network of 117 centers was inaugurated yesterday, by officials of SENA and the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA). See photos of SENA Director General José Antonio Lizarazo, with Director of Emprendimiento Carlos Gamba, and UTSA’s Robert McKinley and Cliff Paredes. Read more.

Metro East SBDC at SIUE Partners With WRS Solutions to Offer Kauffman Foundation Growth Venture FastTrac Series

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is collaborating with WRS Solutions LLC to bring the highly acclaimed Kauffman Foundation FastTrac Growth Venture series to the Riverbend area. The FastTrac series is a flexible program with a proven framework to help established companies and entrepreneurs realize the full potential of their businesses through sustainable growth and operational efficiency. Read more.

GrowSmart Helps Small Businesses in Alabama Help Each Other

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network has some business-savvy instructors leading GrowSmart but the true genius in the program is the collaboration of participants. GrowSmart is the signature program within Alabama SBDC aimed at entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. Through five modules held one day per week for five weeks, companies learn the secrets behind self-analysis and management in the modern business climate. Read more.

Small-Business Confidence Up In San Antonio-New Braunfels Area

Small Business is booming in New Braunfels. “The biggest thing I think we’ve done to help small businesses in the area over the past few year is we’ve been a real trend-setter in having our own Small Business Development Center located here,” said Michael Meek, President of the Greater new Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Read more.