What can I expect when I contact SBDC for assistance?
When you contact any of our offices across the state, we will ask you several questions to establish what type of assistance will be most beneficial to you.
You may be asked any of the following:
Is this a start up business?
How long have you been in business?
Do you have a written business plan?
Do you have immediate concerns about the health of the business?
What is your credit score?
What are your annual sales?
Are you seeking funding?
You may be invited to first attend one of our low-or-no cost business workshops OR scheduled for an initial session with an SBDC Small Business Counselor after completing an on-line application for counseling.
Our valuable counseling services are provided at no charge to businesses that agree to our process. In counseling, we will assess the needs of your business, agree on what information must be gathered regarding the business, and then a goal-based course of action and timeline will be agreed upon. All business information will be respected as highly confidential. Unlike working with a private sector consultant, you will do most of the work while your SBDC consultant will guide you, present tools & resources, and provide feedback. We will not make decisions for you regarding your business, although we will make recommendations and suggestions as appropriate. These will be based upon our best efforts to apply our experience and knowledge to the information you have provided.
You may remain an active SBDC client for as long as you are completing the agreed upon action steps and respecting the agreed upon timeline. Some businesses remain clients over the course of many years as the business grows and needs change. Many business owners consider their SBDC consultant to be a key advisor throughout the life of their business.
In addition to your SBDC Small Business Consultant, we may bring in SBDC experts in your industry or stage of business from our network of over 100 consults across the state. Our goal is to help your business succeed regardless of size, industry or location. We look forward to hearing from you!