Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

 Program

The Small Business Development Center is the largest management and technical assistance program for small businesses in the United States. Enacted by the U. S. Congress in 1980, the program is administered by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is supported by Congressional appropriations. The program is operated by state governments and hosted by universities and colleges under cooperative agreement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the development of small business enterprises through counseling, technical assistance and training services. Today, there are over 1,100 service centers throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


 Advisory Services

The El Paso SBDC offers free confidential advisory services in the following areas

  • Business Start-Up
  • Business Planning
  • Business Analyses
  • SBA Financing Programs
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Minority Enterprise Certifications
  • Government Contracting
  • International Trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Development & Commercialization
  • Research
  • Training

 Courses

  • Small Business Management Institute, a 48-hour certificate program
  • QuickBooks Pro Training Series, a 48-hour program
  • Essential in Starting a Business
  • Income Taxes & E-file
  • International Trade Series
  • Manufacturing & Innovation
  • Human Capital & Personnel Management
  • SBA Financing Programs
  • SBA 8(a)/SDB Minority Enterprise Certification
  • Business Planning
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Free On-line Training (variety of topics)

 Goal

The mission of the El Paso SBDC is to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and improved management for small businesses. The mission is accomplished through activities of counseling, technical assistance, training seminars, and research services. The program is hosted by El Paso Community College in cooperative agreement with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Funding is provided by SBA, UTSA, and El Paso Community College.


 Helpful Links

 Contact Us

Joseph Ferguson

Associate Director

915-831-7743

jfergu11@epcc.edu

ASC, Building B

Room B520