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I want to start a business!

Have you dreamed of owning and operating your own business but don’t know where to start?  Do you have questions on how to turn your dream into a reality?  The Sam Houston State University Small Business Development Center can help answer key questions – the questions that every entrepreneur needs to ask before starting a new venture. 

Some of the services we provide to help you get started include:

  • Workshops & seminars for entrepreneurs on start-up, marketing, business plans, software applications, and more 
  • Business reference library for industry and market research
  • Funding solutions
  • Business loan packaging – eligibility, understanding the process and proposal preparation assistance
  • Help buying an existing business or franchise
  • Free, confidential and individualized one-on-one consulting  

Before You Start – assess your entrepreneurial readiness. 

Owning, operating and growing a successful business is challenging.  Before you get started you need to assess your motives, strengths and weaknesses.  You also need to take a hard look at your personal, managerial, technical and financial qualifications.  Click on the Business Readiness Assessment  tab in the upper-right hand menu block to determine if you’re prepared to start, own and operate your business.   

The First Step – find out if you have what it takes. 

Now, before you invest your time and your money, view our Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business? FREE, online streaming video.  You will learn a solid Six Point Process for starting a business.  You’ll learn the importance of proper planning and how to avoid common pitfalls.  Viewing the video will take about 45 minutes.  

Also take our other business workshops and seminars offered for free or at low-cost that provides knowledge for successful business practices. 

The Next Step – take advantage of our free, confidential consulting.   

Once you’ve taken our recommended workshops on getting started and have the basic information needed for your business plan, it’s time to take advantage of our free, confidential consulting services.  Contact us to request an appointment with a consultant to discuss your new business venture.  A consultant will contact you within 1-2 business days.

Find Your Local Small Business Development Center in the University of Houston SBDC Network.

For the nearest Small Business Development Center Network location in southeast Texas, click to view the map.