While the internet is undoubtedly one of your most influential partners as you start and develop your business, local resources will be equally valuable. From local chambers and economic development corporations, to grant programs and loan organizations, these Rio Grande Valley resources will help you on your path to success by bridging the gap between you and the communities all around you.
Your First Stop – The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley’s Small Business Development Center
Are you in the idea stage of starting a business? Maybe you’ve already started but want some help? This resource is first on the blog series for a reason. It should be a starting point and reference throughout your journey.
The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley’s Small Business Development Center has helped countless students and entrepreneurs achieve their goals.
The UTRGV Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and public and private partners throughout deep South Texas.
SBDC provides a wide array of management and technical assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs to strengthen business performance and sustainability.
Business advisement is conducted by professional advisors, who evaluate an existing business’s operations, or a startup company’s business plan with fresh, yet experienced eyes. UTRGV SBDC works closely with clients to develop business plans and loan proposals. Advisors guide start-up and existing business owners through the business plan process and assist them in compiling the necessary information and documents.
Small Business Development Centers do not charge for consulting services and can meet with clients at the center or at the business site.
The UTRGV SBDC also provides business training to meet the community’s needs. It holds numerous seminars on business-related topics throughout the year on an incredible array of topics, ranging from pre-business planning to marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, and management. These seminars are designed for new and existing small business owners and managers to acquire the information that they need to make their business more successful.
Seminars are free or reasonably priced to enable all potential participants to attend.
I have leaned on the UTRGV SBDC during my journey as an entrepreneur and have partnered with them over the past three years to provide our community members access to great entrepreneurial classes. Their staff has always been courteous and helpful and can be great connectors to other resources.
For more information on UTRGV SBDC, please visit www.utrgv.edu/sbdc