The Small Business Development Center opened at Lone Star College, then known as 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 establish an SBDC service center, Lone Star College became a testing ground for the SBDC Network that now exists throughout the Gulf Coast region, with centers providing advising and training services in 32 southeast Texas counties.