Illinois SBDC for Metro East Client Warm N Cozy Quilting Expands in Columbia

Increased clientele and the popularity of handmade gifts have led a pair of entrepreneurs to expand their quilting business. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is proud to have assisted Warm N Cozy since it opened in 2015. Read more.

Kentucky’s Murray State CTSM and SBDC, Local Partners Establishing Hub For Tech Startups And Entrepreneurs

Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management and Small Business Development Center are partnering with the Technology Council of West Kentucky, local area development districts and others to launch a Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs – or RISE – hub. SBDC Director Chris Wooldridge is a co-coordinator along with TSM director Michael Ramage. Wooldridge said the initiative will support a regional approach toward innovation and tech-based entrepreneurship, with the university serving as an “activist and catalyst” for the surrounding communities. Read more.

New Jersey SBDC holds ‘Shark Tank’-style event for Veterans

A group of veterans was at Kean University Wednesday competing for a chance to receive assistance for their small business. Based on the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” “Vet Tank” gave eight veterans from New Jersey a chance to receive $20,000 from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center. “Vet Tank” was the finale of a daylong event run by the SBDC to help boost veteran entrepreneurs. Read more.

Central Virginia SBDC cybersecurity conference

One in five small businesses that suffer cyber attacks are forced to shut down permanently, according to Ray Sidney-Smith, an Alexandria-based consultant who spoke at the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center’s all-day cybersecurity conference Tuesday. Read more.

Small businesses share how they got started with a little help from the Idaho SBDC

Stoltzfus and his wife, Donna, had to answer a lot of questions from the bank in 2007 when they’d decided to expand from a dairy into a processor as well. They got help from the Idaho Small Business Development Center. Read more.

Cybersecurity program offered to small businesses

The North Dakota Small Business Development Centers in cooperation with the Kansas SBDC will host a a cybersecurity event on Oct. 18 at the Leach Center for Student Life on the University of Mary campus. Brian Dennis, director of the Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Center for Small Business, will present for business owners and managers, human resource professionals, as well as individuals handling confidential or sensitive information in their businesses including attorneys, accountants and realtors. Read more.

Louisiana SBDC says it’s time to make small biz cyber aware

Nearly two-thirds of cyber breach victims are small to mid-size businesses. Yet many entrepreneurs and small business owners still question the need for cybersecurity with 90 percent not using any form of data protection for company or customer information. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) says it is time to make small business owners cyber aware, and more importantly give them a plan to reduce their chances of cyberattack. Read more.

Florida SBDC CEO Named Among State’s Most Influential Leaders

The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce that Michael W. Myhre, chief executive officer, has been named among the state’s most influential business leaders by Florida Trend. Last week, the magazine published the “Florida 500” list, which highlights the 500 most influential people in Florida. According to Florida Trend, “…the inaugural edition…is the product of a year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders across major industries.” Read more.

Fort Knox Federal & Kentucky SBDC host another successful Veteran 2 Entrepreneur workshop

Last week, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted the third annual Operation Veteran 2 Entrepreneur workshop. The half-day event was held at the Credit Union’s Main Branch office in Radcliff and was developed to help Fort Knox area veterans cultivate their entrepreneurial skills as they leave military service. Read more.

City of Highland, Illinois to host Metro East SBDC on Sept. 18

The City of Highland invites local and regional business owners and entrepreneurs to meet the staff of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to participate in one-on-one counseling sessions. SBDC staff will be available to talk confidentially with business owners and entrepreneurs on a range of topics including, but not limited to business financing; marketing assistance; social media strategy; business plans; expansion opportunities; buying and selling a business; state and federal regulations; and exporting and international trade. Read more.

California’s Marin SBDC Kicks Off Fall 2018

The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced a series of low-cost business workshops that give local entrepreneurs the knowledge and tools they need to build their businesses. Led by leading industry professionals with clear, hands-on teaching methodologies, these workshops will dive deep into topics like business planning, setting up a web store, leveraging Google to drive online leads, sales techniques that work, the ins and outs of Facebook advertising, growing a catering business, SEO, and a comprehensive 10-session series delivered in Spanish on building a business. Read more.

Oregon’s CCC SBDC Offers Veterans ‘Boots To Business Reboot’ Course

The Clackamas Community College Veterans Education and Training (VET) Center and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are partnering with Veterans Business Services and the Small Business Administration to help veterans get the skills they need to start their own businesses. Read more.

Kansas SBDC Provides Key Support

The Small Business Development Center, located on the Seward County Community College campus, has been around for many years and continues to help people looking to get a sure footing on building a new business. Maria Dennison, who started as the center’s director in January, was recently on hand at last week’s Liberal City Commission meeting to give an update on the center’s work throughout the past year. Read more.

7 Tips For Starting Your Own Business, According To Experts

More and more people, particularly Millennials, are starting their own companies these days. In fact, America’s Small Business Development Centers conducted a survey in 2017 of 1,011 U.S. adults from 21-to-65 starting their own businesses and what it takes for them to be an entrepreneur. “Whether you’ve been saving for a long time or recently decided you want a career change, starting a business is daunting,” Tee Rowe, president and CEO of America’s SBDC, tells Bustle. Many entrepreneurs don’t know about the resources available, like their local Small Business Development Center, but knowing where to start is often the catalyst they need to get a business off the ground! Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Stands Ready to Aid Small Businesses Impacted by Algal Bloom, Red Tide

Following the devastating impact of the Lake Okeechobee algal bloom and red tide, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance, stands ready to help small businesses who experienced physical and/or economic injury as a result of these events. Read more.

Local businesses utilizing W.Va. SBDC’s Shop Small in July Campaign prepare for busiest time of the year

A couple of area businesses found success participating in West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s (WV SBDC) Shop Small in July Campaign, and are getting ready for their busiest time of year. Read more.

WSU and CBC are teaming up, and that’s a good thing

Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College hired new leaders this past year, and they have forged an alliance the likes of which we can’t recall seeing in the past. And already their talks appear to be paying off. The Tri-Cities’ Small Business and Development Center has been dormant for a couple of years since its former advisor retired. Now, WSU Tri-Cities and CBC are bringing the local program back to life. Read more.

Chamber News: Lead, Create, Inspire with ‘Leading Edge’

The Small Business Development Center based in Durango, Colorado is again looking to host the ‘Leading Edge Business Strategic Planning Series’ here in Pagosa Springs. Facilitating the series is well-known SBDC consultant and business advocate, Rich Lindblad. The series consists of 7-weeks of classes as well as some computer work over an 8-week time frame. Read more.

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.