Resources for You: America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDCs)

Mar 1, 2022 | Articles, Blog, Blogs, General

This week, we’d like to speak with you about a resource you may not know about – America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). In North Texas, there is a Regional Lead Center and two SBDC Centers – one in Dallas and one in Fort Worth. What do they do and how can they help entrepreneurs who’d like to explore business ownership?

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The answers might surprise you, but because FranNet of DFW & Oklahoma sometimes collaborate with ASBDCs, we wanted you to find out.

America’s SBDC

This is the parent organization of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). With government funding and a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), these centers are hosted by universities, private partners, colleges, and state economic development agencies. There are nearly 1,000 individual SBDCs across the U.S.

What Can They Do For You?

First and foremost, SBDCs offer people free one-on-one consultations with experienced small business experts—including FranNet of DFW & Oklahoma. Some programs are at-cost, however there is a large variety of programs that help individuals learn and train to own a business of their own. According to their own website, the mission of America’s nationwide network of SBDCs is to help new entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and assist existing businesses to remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy. There is also training in the form of low-cost workshops, seminars, and courses geared to meet the needs of small business owners. At the heart of it all is no-cost business consulting and low-cost business training.

How Can You Take Advantage?
There are two types of SBDC clients: Entrepreneurs and existing Small Business Owners:

Entrepreneurs:

If you’re considering small business ownership, you can access one-on-one, hands-on consultation including business start-ups, loans and financing, financial statement analysis, marketing, accounting, and record keeping, sales, advertising, business planning and management. All at no charge.

Existing Business Owners:

Check with your local office on any nominal fees to access resources and consultation for business growth, government contracting, exporting, marketing expansion, and new emerging technologies for businesses in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and professional services.

To Begin:

Before you can access the consultation services, you must complete a client engagement consent form, as well as a client intake form. You can find both by following this link.

Don’t Miss:

March 16, 2022, has been designated as “SBDC Day”, the sixth consecutive annual celebration of

the impact provided by America’s Small Business Development Centers. There’s even an       Ambassador Program, where you can participate by authoring an SBDC Day blog or post a social media update with the hashtag: #SBDCDay to your Twitter account.

If you’re an entrepreneur or existing small business owner in North Texas, here is the contact information for the regional and city-based locations of our Small Business Development Centers:

Regional Lead Center in North Texas:

Bill J. Priest Institute

Mark Langford

Executive Director

1402 Corinth Street, Suite 2111

Dallas, TX 75215

Phone: 214-860-5831

Email: contact@ntsbdc.org

Web Site: http://www.ntsbdc.org

SBDC Centers in North Texas:

Collin County SBDC

Marta Frey – Director

4800 Preston Park Blvd., Suite 114

Plano, TX 75093

Phone: 972-985-3770

Email: MFrey@collin.edu

Web Site: http://www.collinsbdc.com/

Dallas Metropolitan SBDC

Anthony Barwick – Director

1402 Corinth Street

Dallas, TX 75215

Phone: 214-860-5865

Email: abarwick@dcccd.edu

Web Site: http://www.dallasmetropolitansbdc.com

Tarrant SBDC

Cynthia Harnest

Interim Director

1150 South Fwy., Ste. 229

Ft. Worth, TX 76104

Phone: 817-515-2603

Email: cynthia.harnest@tccd.edu

Web Site: http://www.tarrantsbdc.org

From time to time, you’ll find us collaborating with these SBDCs, where we share our knowledge, insight, and experience as franchise ownership consultants. If you’d like to explore the full-range of possibilities that come with small business ownership through franchising, let FranNet of DFW & Oklahoma be your guide. Our no-cost, no-obligation consultations have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs secure a future that belongs to them and them alone. We’d love to introduce you to a whole new world of possibilities through franchise ownership.