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FAQ

Questions?

1. What is the SBDC ?

2. What is the Mission?

3. How can the center help my new business?

4. My business has been established for some time. How can the center help me?

5. More SBDC Information

What is the SBDC?

The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides FREE business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The LSCS SBDC is a business consulting and training center of the SBDC Network.

The Small Business Development Center opened at the Lone Star College System, then known as the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, in November 1985. The center was the first opened by the University of Houston in the Gulf Coast region. As the first community college in the state of Texas to become an SBDC service center, Lone Star College System became a testing ground for the SBDC Network that now exists throughout the Gulf Coast region, with centers providing consulting and training services in 32 southeast Texas counties.   

What is the Mission?

 To help businesses become established, grow, survive and succeed by providing professional management consulting and training, resulting in a positive economic impact for North Harris and Montgomery Counties.

How can the center help my new business?

The LSCS SBDC offers affordable training seminars on business topics for start-up and pre-venture entrepreneurs. We also partner with our regional SBDC office at the University of Houston as they offer an extensive amount of classes. Our training seminars are designed to help broaden your business knowledge and are focused on business basics that will help you make your business a success. LSCS SBDC consultants help entrepreneurs assess their business idea and assist with a variety of start-up tasks.

My business has been established for some time. How can the center help me?

LSCS SBDC consultants help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability, evaluate financials all at no cost. Our consultants have extensive, practical experience in varied fields, including marketing, finance, retail and management.

Our center along with our University of Houston SBDC Center offers affordable training seminars taught by instructors who share their practical business experience with you. Business topics include marketing, finance, management, computers, taxes and executive skills enhancement.

The LSCS SBDC also offers specialty assistance for entrepreneurs wanting to sell to the government, do business internationally, or commercialize their technology.