West Virgina SBDC Client Cyclops Industries celebrates 60th anniversary

Cyclops Industries marked 60 years in business with a Diamond Anniversary celebration. The event was held Wednesday, June 19, at the company’s manufacturing facility in South Charleston. Read more and watch the video.

Key economic development partners gather to support access to capital for Texas’ rural businesses and communities

The South-West Texas Small Business Development Center Network (SWTXB), located at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (UTSA IED), brought key economic development partners together to support a collaborative agreement between the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Texas United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA) to support businesses and agricultural economies in rural Texas. The collaborators committed to increasing access to capital through enhanced collaboration and coordination in areas of mutual interest. Other federal agencies including the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Association of Small Business Development Centers (America’s SBDC) were present to express their ongoing support to rural Texas. Read more.

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East Celebrates Infinite Wellness Integrative Medical Center Grand Opening

Infinite Wellness Integrative Medical Center owner Dr. Ryan Cleland worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to successfully open his newest wellness center in Glen Carbon. Cleland has been in the medical and health industry for 13 years and has run a private chiropractic practice for 11 of those years. SBDC Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May assisted Cleland in polishing his business plan and cash flow projections to introduce Infinite Wellness. Read more.

New director appointed for SBDC at Sam Houston State University in Texas

Sam Houston State University College of Business Administration has named Rhonda Ellisor as director of the university’s Small Business Development Center. She joins the center after serving at SHSU in the Office of University Advancement for 13 years as director for major gifts and recently development representative for the newly formed SHSU Center for Entrepreneurship.
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How to Conduct a Competitive Analysis in 4 Simple Steps – Mark Collier, University of Georgia SBDC

On this edition of the Atlanta Small Business Show, we caught up with Mark Collier, Business Consultant at the UGA Small Business Development Center in Dekalb County, one of 17 centers around the state that provides support to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Jim and Mark discussed the four critical steps in conducting a thoughtful and valuable competitive analysis. Read more and watch the video.

Cash Flow Gets Easier For Small Businesses Thanks To A Partnership With Moody’s Corporation and the Foundation for Small Business Development

The Foundation for Small Business Development (FFSBD) announced today that it has partnered with the Moody’s Corporation, a global provider of credit ratings, research, tools and analysis to collectively provide education, certifications, and cash flow management and forecasting tools to the nation’s largest small business assistance network, America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). According to a January 2019 Wakefield Research survey, 61% of small businesses regularly struggle to manage cash flow. Additionally, 82% of business failures are due to poor cash flow management skills or poor understanding of cash flow, according to the March 2017 Preferred CFO study. Read more.

Social Media and Marketing for Small Businesses Program in Godfrey, Illinois

Godfrey city officials will collaborate with the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to host a Social Media and Marketing Tools for Small Business seminar, and local business owners and entrepreneurs will be able meet confidentially with SBDC small business advisors about their business or idea. Read more.

Chamber of Commerce SBDC Coming to 1701 and VIBE District in Virginia

The Hampton Roads, Virginia Chamber’s Small Business Development Center and 1701, Virginia Beach’s co-working space, have formed a collaboration to better serve the community. The two entities have joined forces so the center’s Circuit Ride Program can be expanded to allow more access to its counseling and information resources. Read more.

Kentucky SBDC Presents Small Business Pacesetter Awards

Tree of the Field, of Paint Lick, Kentucky, and nine other small businesses from across the Commonwealth received Kentucky Small Business Development Center (Kentucky SBDC) Pacesetter awards for their exemplary business practices and growth. The Kentucky Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony celebrates the accomplishments, hard work, and courage of Kentucky entrepreneurs. Read more.

Bucknell SBDC honored at Chamber Awards

At the 98th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at Susquehanna University, SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin won the 2018 Business of the Year and Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center won the 2018 Small Business of the Year. Read more.

Gannon Beehive Fosters New Businesses Through Connections

What can the Gannon Beehive do for you? The greatest benefit of being a Beehive client is the customized experience. The Gannon Beehive is a starting point to take advantage of all that is offered at the Center of Business Ingenuity through Gannon University’s Dahlkemper School of Business, Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator. Read more.

Business briefs for May 21 – Workshop to focus on cybersecurity

An upcoming workshop, “Small Business, Big Threat, will help business owners learn why cybersecurity is important and explore actionable ways in which they can protect themselves and their businesses. The workshop is being co-hosted by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center and Frontier US. Read more.

Salida Impresses the Colorado Creative Industries Summit

Shaun Allison, Salida representative for Colorado’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was one of the exhibitors at the event. “SBDC is a resource for creative industries,” he explained. “We help creatives and other entrepreneurs get the resources they need to help run their businesses – everything from business planning and access to capital and insurance to how to register with the state.” Read more.

Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Ceremony highlights the great work of entrepreneurs

Fifteen small businesses from across the Commonwealth received recognition for their exceptional business practices and success at the 11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony. Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Kentucky SBDC State Director, Kristina Joyce, SBA Acting District Director, Robert Coffey, and small business supporters from across the state gathered Wednesday, May 8 in the Capitol rotunda to honor the small business owners who help our economy and communities grow. Read more.

America’s SBDCs and SBDC Clients Recognized at National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C.

America’s SBDC is excited to announce that the Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University and five SBDC clients from around the country were acknowledged as national winners or finalists at this year’s National Small Business Week award ceremonies on May 5 th & 6th in Washington, D.C. National Small Business Week honors America’s 28 million small businesses and their entrepreneurial, innovative and resilient spirit that serves as the backbone of the American economy. Read more.

Pennsylvania SBDC celebrates Small Business Week

On a week devoted to small business, The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center was jumping with activity on Thursday. Entrepreneurs of many varieties were introduced to officials including Dennis Davin, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) secretary, Michelle Christian, Small Business Administration (SBA) regional administrator, Lewisburg Mayor Judy Wagner and others. Read more.

How can the CT SBDC help your small business?

More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, but starting the venture can take some necessary pre-planning. Maggie Sylsz sits down with Joe Williams, business advisor from the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, to talk about the ways that the center has helped small businesses with financing, HR, social media and more. Watch the video.

Learn the four pillars of sustainable leadership with the ASU-SBDC

Malik Mingo spoke with the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center about its four-part series on May 15 about sustainable leadership. Watch the video.

Queens College opens small business development center

In an effort to support underrepresented and immigrant small business owners in Flushing, Queens College unveiled its new Small Business Development Center on Monday. The program features training and counseling services to help kick start entrepreneurs. Read more.

What 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. “At least 90 percent of aspiring entrepreneurs ask how they can get financing, grants, or something related to capital,” says Brad Bunt, director of North Central Texas SBDC. Read more.