BIG BEND REGION MINORITY &
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas

Alpine Office: 432-837-8694       Pecos Office: 432-447-0538

 

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ABOUT US

Since its inception in 1992, the  Big Bend Region Minority and Small Business Development Center  has secured over 425 loans amounting to over $91 million, has served over 4700 clients, conducted over 500 seminars, and assisted with more than 170 new business start-ups, while in the process creating over 1200 new jobs.

 The Center helps existing and start-up small business owners develop management skills, thereby improving their potential for success. Counselors assists small businesses in areas ranging from business plan development and financing, to marketing, advertising, and international trade assistance.

   Our counselors have backgrounds as small business owners, and can provide the practical expertise needed for today's businesses to succeed. Counselors maintain the highest ethical standards of confidentiality,  and provide one-on-one counseling services at no charge to the client.

Big Bend Region Minority and Small Business Development Center Newsletter

     The Big Bend Region Minority and Small Business Development Center produces and distributes a weekly newsletter of interest to local business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and those considering a small business startup. Content includes seminar and workshop announcements, conference dates, local success stories and features pertaining to conducting business. The SBDC newsletter is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of businesses in the Big Bend Region to keep abreast of local and regional developments as well as training opportunities.
     The Big Bend Region SBDC newsletter is sent via e-mail on Mondays to over 500 subscribers. There is no cost to subscribe and subscriptions can be canceled at any time. To subscribe, provide your name and city on an email to dmiller@sulross.edu or call SBDC Professional Trainer, Dennie Miller, at 432.837.8813.

 

Big Bend Region SBDC Receives Productivity Award. Alpine.

      Alpine, February 27 - Recently, the Institute for Economic Development, Small Business Development Center Network Office at the University of Texas - San Antonio (UTSA), presented a productivity award in the category of Client Capital Formation to the Big Bend Region Minority and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. In fiscal year 2013, the Big Bend Region SBDC successfully acquired over $22 million through business loans for their clients. Along with this dollar amount, over 215 area jobs were created or retained in the Big Bend Region as a result of the assistance given to small business concerns by the SBDC staff at Sul Ross.
     Al Salgado, Director at the UTSA Network Lead Center, said "The business advising and training team at the Big Bend Region Minority and SBDC in Alpine have distinguished themselves among their peers throughout South and West Texas with top-notch performance in assisting our client’s access financing to grow their businesses. We are pleased and proud to acknowledge their outstanding work.”
     The Big Bend Region Minority and SBDC was established on the Sul Ross campus in 1992 as part of the South-West Border Region Network headquartered at UTSA. The Big Bend Region SBDC is currently located in Room 102 of the Centennial School Building, 500 West Ave. H in Alpine with a satellite office located in the TransPecos Bank Building, 115 West Third Street, Suite 213 in Pecos.
     SBDCs throughout the nation help existing and start-up small business owners develop their management skills for a better chance at success. A team of counselors assist small businesses in areas ranging from business plan development and financing, to marketing, advertising, and international trade assistance. Counselors can provide the practical expertise needed for today's businesses and the service is both free and confidential. Anyone interested in talking to the Big Bend Region SBDC staff about business matters can make an appointment in Alpine by calling 432-837-8694 or 432-447-0538 in Pecos. 

Free Online Virtual Training Workshops in English and Spanish.

      Begin to master and comprehend important business practices and skills on your computer in the comfort of your home or office. Introduce yourself to the intricacies of marketing and finance, or learn what it takes to start your own business.

  • No fees involved!

  • 32 virtual workshops to choose from!

  • Learn solid management concepts!

  • Traditional business concepts with real -world applications!

  • Workshops range from basic to advanced subjects!

Click Here For a Complete Description of Online Courses
st Texas Border SBDC Network.


A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

     The Big Bend Region Minority and Small Business Development Center at Sul Ross State University is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please call 432.837.8694 to make arrangements.

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Directions to the Centennial School Building in Alpine

UPCOMING SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

To pre-register for the seminars and workshops listed below call 432-837-8813 or email dmiller@sulross.edu

APRIL

April 2: "Spreadsheets for Business Applications: Values and Formulas" A free two-hour workshop. 2:30-4:30, Centennial School in Alpine.

April 10: "The Employee Handbook"  A free two-hour seminar. 2:30-4:30, Pecos Tech. Training Center, Pecos.
Pre-registration is required! 

April 16: "Customer Satisfaction: The Key to Increased Sales"  A free two-hour seminar. 2:30-4:30, Centennial School in Alpine.

April 23: "Social Media Marketing"  A free two-hour seminar. 2:30-4:30, Centennial School in Alpine.

April 30: "Starting a Small Business: The Essentials"  A free two-hour seminar. 2:30-4:30, Centennial School in Alpine.