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Small Business Development Center Network

Starting Your Business

Are you considering starting a small business in the Rio Grande Valley? New startup businesses are opening every day with the help of the Small Business Development Center team. The SBDC is “Making Dreams Come True, One Business at a Time”.

In order to serve you better, we ask that you invest sometime in your business idea and prepare yourself to be a successful entrepreneur. Below are helpful resources to get you started. Follow the steps below for the best results:

STEP 1. ATTEND A SBDC WORKSHOP AT OUR SITE OR ONLINE

Learn what it takes to open a successful business. Attend our upcoming SBDC workshops like the Basics in Business or the Power of Business Planning. See our calendar of seminars on our home page or follow us on Twitter for updates.

The SBDC also has free, virtual business training for your convenience! Get started today.

STEP 2. DO SOME RESEARCH

The SBDC has a small business guide on “Starting & Growing Your Business” that provides information and articles on business issues.

Take an Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Survey . Why do you want to start a business? What traits do you possess that make owning your own business right for you?

The Business Plan template. Every business needs a roadmap to success! It's time to create your own rough draft to share with your business advisor at SBDC.

STEP 3. FIND RESOURCES:

The Small Business Development Center (you're here!) at the UTPA BDI Group has online tools to help you you’re your business idea or expansion.

Learn about local business Information and Resources.

Visit with SBDC Partners in the Rio Grande Valley for programs and incentives for business owners.

Step 4. COMPLETE DRAFT BUSINESS PLAN

Ready to take your business idea to the next level and prepared with the draft business plan? Contact the SBDC via our Online Request for counseling and seminars (hyperlink & button on the page). The SBDC will contact you to confirm your counseling appointment and or seminar registration.