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Starting a business

Do you dream of owning and operating your own business, but aren't sure how to start? Do you have questions about how to turn your dream into reality? The Blinn College SBDC can help answer key questions—questions that every entrepreneur should ask before starting a new venture.

Some of the services we provide to help you get started include:

  • Workshops & seminars on start-up basics, marketing, business plans, software applications—and more
  • A business reference library for industry and market research
  • Feasibility studies and financing options
  • Business loan packaging—eligibility, understanding the process and proposal preparation assistance
  • Help with evaluating and buying an existing business or franchise
  • Developing an identity package, a web site, and a long-term marketing plan 
  • Access to professional service providers, such as attorneys and CPAs
  • Free, confidential and individualized one-on-one consulting, answering your questions and helping solve problems unique to your business

Before You Start: Assess your entrepreneurial readiness

Owning, operating and growing a successful business is challenging. Before you get started you need to assess your motives, your strengths and your weaknesses. You also need to take a hard look at your personal, managerial, technical and financial qualifications. To see if you’re prepared, please take our Business Readiness Assessment survey.

The First Step: Find out if you have what it takes

Now, before you invest your time and your money, view Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business? a free, online streaming video. You’ll find out why proper planning is so important, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Viewing the video will take about 45 minutes.

The Next Step: Take advantage of our free, confidential consulting

Once you’ve taken our recommended workshops on getting started and have at least a good draft of a solid business plan, it’s time to take advantage of our free and confidential consulting services. Contact us to request an appointment with a consultant to discuss your new business venture. We will contact you within 3-5 business days to schedule a convenient meeting time. 

Find your local Small Business Development Center

If you live or plan to open a business in the Texas counties of Washington, Austin or Colorado, call us at 979.830.4137.

If you live elsewhere, find the location of the SBDC office nearest you. There are SBDC offices throughout the United States.