Services

Core Services

The Small Business Development Center delivers its services to clients in two ways: One-On-One Counseling and Training Events.  At present, three training seminars are offered on a regular basis. Refer to the calendar for dates, times and locations.

One-on-One Counseling

Our Certified Business Advisors are available to meet with clients individually to discuss their particular needs and issues. Our business advisors are able to counsel on a wide range of topics.  One-on-One counseling is by appointment only.  Please call our main number to schedule an appointment.

Note: Clients who are considering starting their first business should try to attend the Business Basics seminar before scheduling an individual counseling appointment.

 

Training

Although there is no cost to attend most of our training events, advanced registration is required so that we have enough materials prepared to accommodate each participant.

Business Basics (offered monthly, 3 hours, no charge) – This training seminar is for those who have an idea for a business, but have never started or operated a small business.  It is an overview of the issues that need to be addressed to get the business established.

How to Write a Business Plan (offered bimonthly, 2 hours, no charge) – If your new or existing business is trying to raise capital from banks, investors or other external sources, a good business plan is a must.  A business plan is also a good way to make sure that you have been thorough in considering the important areas of your business.  This seminar addresses what information is expected in each section of the business plan and how the reader evaluates the business plan.  A representative of the SBA also presents an overview of SBA financing programs.

Numbers Demystified (offered quarterly, 2.5 hours, no charge) – This seminar is intended for small business owners with at least one year of business financial history.  It looks at the profit and loss statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flows and common financial ratios derived from these statements.  The goal is to help small business owners glean more useful information from these financial reports to aid them in basic management decisions.

 

Watch our calendar for other training events and opportunities.