The University of Houston Small Business Development Center Network can help your business Start Smart. Grow Smart. With 15 consulting and training centers located throughout a 32-county area in Southeast Texas, plus specialized services in government contracting, international trade, technology commercialization and disaster planning and recovery, we are your one-stop resource for business success.
Our no-cost, confidential consulting assistance is customized to your needs. We will help you evaluate your business idea, prepare marketing strategies, determine financing needs, put together a loan proposal, conduct industry and market research, and create an actionable business plan. Our professional consultants have extensive experience in diverse industries such as retail, technology and manufacturing, and expertise in the areas of marketing, finance and management. Many have been business owners themselves, most have advanced business degrees, and several are bilingual. All are experts who can help you develop and implement strategies to get - and keep - your business up and running.
Workshops and Seminars
We have dozens of affordable workshops you can attend to learn business basics or to polish up your management skills. Topics include marketing, business plan development, technology, money management, taxes, software applications, government contracting, state and local certifications and more. Our live workshops are taught by instructors from the real world of business who share current information and teach practical techniques that you can use right away to start or run your business. Our interactive online workshops are available 24/7 and accessible from your computer at home, the office or on the road. All are designed to help you broaden your business knowledge, whether you are new to business or an experienced entrepreneur.