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Business Tip: University of Houston Victoria SBDC

By By Brian Cunningham
Oct. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.


Have you ever considered opening your own business? Do you already own and operate a small business? Would you like to utilize a business adviser as a resource for your small business free of charge?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should take advantage of the University of Houston Victoria's SBDC program.

The Small Business Development Center has a group of advisers readily available to business owners at no charge. Services are funded primarily by the state of Texas with some funds coming federally from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Therefore, you have already prepaid for the services through your tax dollars.

Business owners can meet with their very own advisor in a confidential setting and discuss new ideas, marketing strategies, assisting and preparing your loan package. Advisers can also visit your business if there is anything the client needs help with in a more hands-on approach.

The Victoria SBDC office has five advisers who provide service in an area that includes Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties.

The SBDC also offers free, online training classes that you can complete from the comfort of your own home or office. Online training takes about 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how long you spend on each section. The online courses are open to everyone, even if you aren't a client. Select UHV SBDC as your center when registering the first time. Analyzing Your Competition, Market Analysis, Strategic Plans, Business Plans, Cash Flow, Advertising Your Business and Building Your Website are just a few of the 34 courses offered online. After completing each of the courses, you will be able to print a certificate of completion. These certificates look great when included in your business plan. If you are interested in taking any of these free courses visit our website at sbdc.uhv.edu. While at the website, you can find out which adviser works in the county you live in.

Finally, you're probably wondering why the SBDC office would want business owners to take part in the services offered if it's a no-cost service. It's simple. Our mission statement at the SBDC is "To Build the Texas Economy One Small Business at a Time."

When small business progresses in a positive direction, Texas progresses in a positive direction.

Brian Cunningham is an adviser at the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center, 3402 N. Ben Wilson.

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