Dear Small Business Owner:
It's Spring time! The year is passing by quickly, and opportunities are waiting to bloom for those that are prepared.

The UTRGV SBDC encourages you to look for areas of growth in your company to stay ahead of the competition. For instance, are you interested in exporting your products? Would corporate contracting catapult your business to the next level? Do you have an innovative process or idea that you would like to patent or commercialize? It's a good time to assess and plan for the future.
 
When ready, the UTRGV SBDC is here to provide assistance, as you plan and implement operational and growth strategies in your business. Confidential, one-to-one business advisement is available virtually, by appointment, and at no cost. Call your advisor today for a follow-on appointment. If you are new to the SBDC, visit eCenter Direct to register and set up your first appointment. 

Webinars and on-demand modules on a variety of business topics continue to be available at little or no cost. See the many available options below! To register for a training, visit eCenter Direct. If you're unable to get online to access eCenter Direct, please call our office at 956.665.7535 for further assistance. 
 
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Warmest regards,
"Celebrating over 30 years of service!"
UTRGV SBDC Webinars & Online Modules
Webinar Sessions
The UTRGV SBDC offers the following live webinars this month. Click on session titles for more information and to register!









Online Module for Startups & Preventures
If you cannot attend a live "SBDC Smart Start" webinar for startups and pre-venture clients, the UTRGV SBDC offers an online version.

This online module, available in English and Spanish, is self-paced and highly recommended before meeting with a business advisor and becoming a client of the center!

*RSVP required. To access this training, individuals can email SBDC@utrgv.edu or call 956.665.7535.

Online Modules for Existing Businesses
For those in business, or even new to business, the UTRGV SBDC offers additional, online training modules that can be accessed from anywhere and at any time, 24/7/365. All sessions are at no cost and self-paced!

The following are some of the topics included in the portal:

  • Buying a Business
  • Finding and Attracting Investors
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Introduction to Pricing 
  • Legal Requirements for Small Business
  • Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers
  • Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner
  • Selling Your Business
  • Small Business Employee Recruitment and Retention
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Understanding Your Customer

*Registration required. Access the SWTXB Training Portal for online training today!
Online Module for Business Financial Literacy
Business financial literacy can help you to make better decisions, negotiate more effectively, and positively impact your organization!

The "SBDC Business Financial Literacy Workshop" is a six-segment, online module that is self-paced and highly recommended for any business owner interested in financial management.

*RSVP required. To access this training, owners can email SBDC@utrgv.edu or call 956.665.7535.

Partner Webinars & Services
South West Texas Border SBDC Network
The South West Texas Border SBDC Network has 10 field offices (including the UTRGV SBDC) that service a 79-county region.

Check out additional training events by our Network sister centers:


UTRGV Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
The UTRGV Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides technical services through training and one-to-one counseling to persons interested in obtaining contracts with local, state, and federal governmental entities.

The UTRGV PTAC also helps businesses obtain state and federal certifications and understand the contracting process.

For more information on center services, visit UTRGV PTAC.

UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
The UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) helps create, retain, and develop Veteran-owned businesses across Texas by coupling Veterans with local, SBA-sponsored technical and managerial assistance.

For more information on center services, visit UTRGV VBOC.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Was your business affected by the winter storm? The SBA has opened Virtual Recovery Centers to help small businesses with disaster-relief loans. Learn more about this service in this news release from the SBA LRGV District Office.

Did you know that SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business?

Visit the SBA Learning Center for a list of courses to help you along your entrepreneurial journey.
Small Business Recovery Tools
Small Business Resources
UTRGV SBDC Background
The UTRGV SBDC is hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; is a center of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network; is funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; and is an accredited member of America's SBDC

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance, by calling the UTRGV SBDC at (956) 665-7535. Assistance for the hearing impaired can be attained by calling the TDD line at 1-866-410-5787 or 1-866-327-8877.

At The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the UTRGV SBDC is a center of the Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development (CEED), under the UTRGV Division of Governmental & Community Relations. CEED aims to address issues that impact the long-term welfare of the community through private/public partnership efforts.

In addition to assistance in business development and growth offered by the UTRGV Small Business Development Center, UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center, and the UTRGV Procurement Technical Assistance Center, CEED also offers assistance in: training and technical assistance to non-profits; data, research, impact analysis, and maps for private/public entities; and business incubation. For more information on any of these services, please call 956.665.3361, email vpgcr@utrgv.edu.

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