Specialized Programs

We not only offer general business advice about the basics, i.e., writing business plans, loan preparation, but specialized, in-depth business assistance across all stages of small business development:

Market Research

We provide valuable tools to help entrepreneurs make informed business decisions when planning to open a new business, purchase an existing business or expand an established business.  Our center has access to demographic information, market research, industry profiles, sample business plans and a variety of publications covering numerous business topics.  Our advisors conduct secondary research and provide technical assistance in support of our business counseling.  This service helps our clients identify and understand current and potential markets – including competition, customers, and industry conditions.  

Capital Access

Thinking about a business loan? Wondering what is the most effective path to obtain financing? Our business advisors can help develop a business plan, conduct financial analysis, review your loan package, formulate a finance strategy, and assist with lender relations.  We offer insight about traditional capital financing, but also into alternatives like crowdfunding.

Small Business Technology Commercialization

We help small businesses looking to advance, protect, and commercialize their research, innovations, and new technology.  Our Small Business Technology Commercialization Services can help you:

  • Build a strong business foundation by developing a business model and plan, designing a go-to-market strategy, understanding intellectual property and creating financial projections
  • Accelerate your success by identifying needed skill sets and gaps, communicating your value proposition and locating resources for prototype production
  • Discover financing opportunities by matching options with your situation and goals, understanding investor requirements, assessing your readiness for investment and getting ready to make your pitch
  • Produce competitive funding proposals by understanding the nuances of NSF I-Corps, SBIR and STTR, staying on top of program changes and updates, developing a funding strategy that incorporates grants and contracts and receiving proposal reviews - at no charge

Procurement

Our counselors help businesses: identify contracting opportunities; understand and meet contracting requirements and regulations; develop bids and proposals; and prepare them for future contracts and private sector sales.

International Business Development

The SBDC can assist small and medium sized businesses with exporting. Our advisors have extensive experience in international business development. Our goal is to provide export-related guidance and assistance to small and medium sized businesses – enhancing their export success.

Technology for Managing Your Small Business

We offer advice on technology-based solutions for managing or marketing your small business, including social media, cloud-based software and website development.

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