SBDC at IWU Earns Statewide ‘Shining Star’ Award

In recognition of outstanding branding and marketing efforts, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University recently earned the statewide SBDC Network Shining Star award. Read more.

Business start-up surge bright spot in pandemic

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, especially damaging small businesses. While most analysts talked about the economic devastation, there was encouraging news. The pandemic led to a surge in startups. We saw this entrepreneurial surge in Kern County and specifically at the Small Business Development Center at California State University, Bakersfield, where consultants help existing small businesses and startups. Following are the stories of just three SBDC clients — one, who was on the verge of launching her yoga studio business when the pandemic hit; and two, who took giant leaps of faith to begin their businesses during one of the nation’s worst economic downturns. Read more.

$5K COVID Grants Available For Santa Clara Co. Small Businesses

Santa Clara County small businesses can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help them take protective measures against COVID-19 as part of a new program that aims to provide up to $500,000 in financial assistance. The Silicon Valley and Hispanic Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are assisting the county with administering the program. Read more.

Region firms among businesses honored by state for completing export program

B.Nutty of Portage and Indiana Face Mask of Rensselaer were among 16 companies recognized by the state for completing the Export Indiana Accelerator Program. The program, which is managed by the Indiana SBDC, is a three-month initiative which provides small business owners with export guidance and market research resources necessary to create an export business plan. Read more.

SBDC At FAU Receives Funding From CITI Foundation

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Atlantic University recently received $500,000 in unrestricted funding from the Citi Foundation to support their continued work in providing technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Brosman named director of UWO’s Small Business Development Center

Alumnus Dan Brosman ’15, recently was promoted to director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Read more.

New Grant to Champion Small-Business Development in Mississippi

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center at the University of Mississippi is using a federal grant to expand the center’s support of small businesses and entrepreneurs in rural areas of the state. Read more.

Lake Mills’ Dave’s Auto Service Earns Entrepreneurs of the Month

The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to recognize Joe Jamtgaard and Jackie Villela of Dave’s Auto in Lake Mills, IA as the July 2021 Entrepreneurs of the Month. Read more.

Robert Hammer selected as SBDC business coach in West Virginia

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center, a division of West Virginia Department of Economic Development, recently announced Robert “Buc” Hammer is joining the agency as its new business coach in the Potomac Highlands. Read more.

Texas SBDC presents two sessions on how to grow business online

The Paris Small Business Development Center will present two Lunch-N-Learn marketing sessions on Wednesday, July 14 in Greenville and Thursday, July 15 in Sulphur Springs. Read more.

Texas SBDC Holding Seven Management / Leadership Training Sessions

The Paris Small Business Development Center is holding a seven-session online training on management and leadership from Lorna Kibbey Leadership Solutions.The sessions, running from July 12 through August 23, are designed to help businesses struggling with employee retention, hiring, and attracting employees. Read more.

Regional Virginia partners taking community approach to drive small business success

With the pandemic winding down, many people are considering starting their own business for the first time. Meanwhile, existing business owners are exploring how they can capture new revenue by expanding their products, services and markets. A new program presented by SOVA Innovation Hub, the Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and GO Virginia Region 3 will provide help for these entrepreneurs, fueling more economic growth for the region. Read more.

SBDC: Birthplace of Million-Dollar Dreams

Stony Brook University fared well in the annual New York State Business Plan Competition this past spring, earning first and second place awards. Read more.

Virtual panel to focus on blockchain and small businesses

The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center will be holding a program to help business owners understand blockchain. Read more.

Larimer Small Business Development Center director to retire

Larimer Small Business Development Center director Mike O’Connell will retire at the end of the year after eight years leading the organization. Read more.

Coalition of Leading Small Business Providers Forms “Launchpad America” to Help Entrepreneurs, Startups Succeed as Nation Emerges from Pandemic

A consortium of industry leaders including America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC),, Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), Lendio, Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Roll by ADP, Thryv (NASDAQ: THRY), and YouMail have teamed up to create “Launchpad America” – a unique initiative aimed to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary resources and mentorship needed to start and grow new businesses. The group is proud to encourage entrepreneurship in the post-pandemic environment. Read more.

Ohio SBDC to hold start-up web chats

The SBDC at Kent State University Tuscarawas will hold two web chats on start-ups from noon to 1 p.m. June 14 and 16. The web chats will be led by SBDC adviser Sue Gaiser. They will be an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business. Read more.

San Angelo, Texas SBDC Business Planning 101

At this seminar, we will be focusing on the financial sections of your Business Plan. Your Business Plan financials can make or break a deal. You will learn how to draft your own cash flow projections and review financial reports. Read more.

Onandoga, New York SBDC Offers Marketing/Branding Assistance

Our Marketing/Branding Experts can help YOU: Create a strategic marketing plan; assist with designing a logo; update your existing marketing plan; develop a brand identity; and determine the best ways to maximize your marketing budget. Learn more.

America’s SBDC New Jersey Nationally Recognized for Environmental Leadership

The National Steering Committee (NSC) of Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP) & Small Business Ombudsmen (SBO) recognized the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) and the NJ Small Business Registry (SBR) for leadership in the areas of improving environmental performance, pollution prevention, sustainability, and mentoring through collaboration with the NJ SBEAP. Read more.