Your help keeps SBDC's free services flowing

May 3, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.

Joe Humphreys, SBDC associate director

Joe Humphreys, SBDC associate director

The topic of this week's column is about the Small Business Development Center and the help our clients can give back to us.

Every year, we send to our clients a survey called the Chrisman Survey.

This year's survey is being sent to clients who had five hours or more contact with the SBDC during 2009. We request they fill out the survey and submit it to us via mail or email.

The survey has 18 questions, each of which require limited information. The survey usually takes five to 10 minutes to complete.

Some of our clients worry this survey information is shared with other outlets. All of the information, however, is proprietary to the SBDC and not shared with any other organization - nor published in any way.

We use the survey to gather gross, or overall, information. As an example, information from the 2010 survey told us that Texas business owners who received in-depth SBDC consulting experienced a 4.6 percent increase in job growth. This compares to a -.04 percent job growth for Texas businesses in general.

Remember, these numbers from 2010 were gathered by polling businesses about 2008 business activity and growth.

Another statistic showed that businesses receiving in-depth SBDC counseling experienced a 6 percent growth in sales compared to -2 percent for Texas businesses in general.

So, if you have received a Chrisman survey this year, please take time to complete it and return it to us. Your responses are important to the help we are able to provide to small businesses.

Also, remember the information you are requested to provide is from calendar year 2009.

We offer one-on-one counseling, training and technical assistance in all areas of small business.

These areas include ownership, including business formation, financing, marketing, management, accounting, organization and technology.

There is no charge for our services, and the Chrisman survey is important to our funding providers.

Joe Humphreys is the associate director with University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center. Contact him at 361-575-8944 or



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