SBDC services help business owners reopen
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 23, 2017 at 5:12 p.m.
Updated Sept. 24, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Recovering from a natural disaster such as Hurricane Harvey is not an easy task for anyone.
For small businesses it is like starting all over again, no matter how long they have been in business.
With the myriad programs available to help the general population, small business owners can turn to the Small Business Development Center at the University of Houston-Victoria for assistance in rebuilding.
It is important for small business owners to partner with the SBDC when rebuilding their businesses because they specialize in such services.
And in a time when finances can be tight, SBDC's services are free.
They offer the following services to help businesses recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey:
Counseling for financial, accounting, marketing and other post-disaster challenges
Management and technical assistance
Business planning to help business owners re-establish their operations and plan for their future
Help in reconstructing damaged or destroyed business records
Assistance with updating or rewriting business plans
Assistance with accessing government contracts and procurement related to the disaster
Many times business owners are more interested in just getting the doors re-opened for business and they fail to look to see if their business is still viable in the changed environment.
Reopening takes planning and capital. Lack of these is the reason behind the majority of small business failures.
When recovering, it is important for business owners to understand their business, to consult their business plan and make sure it is still in keeping with the market.
If the market has changed, they need to be able to change their approach and focus on the new model.
The Crossroads is fortunate to have the SBDC, which serves an 11-county area and is part of a state and federal network of small business development centers designed to help small businesses be successful.
This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.