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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.

History

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.   

SBDCs touch more than one million Entrepreneurs each year. In FY 2010, SBDC services nationwide included business consulting for 209,558 clients, training sessions for 379,794 attendees, and other forms of assistance for approximately 500,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDC clients received 2.9 million total hours of consulting and training services in FY 2010.


SBDCs serve women, minorities and America’s veterans. In FY 2010, 43% of SBDC business consulting clients nationwide were women, 33% were minorities and 8% were veterans. In FY 2010, 43% of SBDC training clients were women, 22% were minorities and 5% were veterans.


SBDCs are in your communities. With over a thousand locations in the SBDC network SBDCs cover rural, urban, and suburban communities nationwide.

▲ A new job is created in the U.S. by an SBDC in-depth client every 9 minutes.
▲ A new business is opened by an SBDC in-depth client every 45 minutes.
▲ $100,000 in new sales are generated by SBDC in-depth clients every 17 minutes.
▲ $100,000 in financing is obtained by SBDC in-depth clients every 18 minutes.
▲ Every federal dollar in an SBDC creates $1.61 in federal revenue and $1.54 in state revenue.


America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provides management and technical assistance to more than one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for free, face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more. The SBDCs are a partnership that includes Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation.

SBDC clients create new businesses. An estimated 49% of all pre-venture SBDC in-depth clients start new businesses. Between 2008 and 2009, SBDC in-depth clients started 11,802 businesses.

SBDCs help small businesses grow. SBDC in-depth clients generated more than $3.1 billion in new sales and saved an additional $4.8 billion in sales in 2009.

SBDC clients build the economy. Small businesses that received SBDC assistance experienced an average sales increase of 2% between 2008 and 2009— compared to an average sales decline of 1.5% for businesses in general.

SBDC clients create new businesses. An estimated 49% of all pre-venture SBDC in-depth clients start new businesses. Between 2008 and 2009, SBDC in-depth clients started 11,802 businesses.