Thursday, January 30, 2014

Any business can benefit from a trip to the SBDC!

Khalid Abouelhouda said he knew little about running a business before opening Pita Kebob, a Mediterranean restaurant and catering company, almost a year ago...

“Initially I didn’t know where to turn,” he said. But then the Ruskin resident discovered the Small Business Development Center at Hillsborough County, which operates out of rented space in the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce. “They helped me from day one,” Abouelhouda continued. “And they’ve been with me all the way.”

That’s exactly what the SBDC is for, said Lynn Schultz, onsite business consultant and special projects coordinator for South Shore. “He walked into the office one day, and then based on our consultation, feedback and six months of workshops he attended, successfully started his business.”

“I benefited from every single one of them,” Abouelhouda said of the workshops. “They were all free, even the consultation.”

The SBDC provides free, confidential advice to entreprenuers who want to start or expand a small, minority, woman-owned or home-based business in the county. It provides a convenient, one-stop location for folks to obtain support, information and training for their new or existing businesses by offering workshops, business counseling, concept assessment and other resources – at no charge.

Its staff also makes “house” calls.

From the Tampa Tribune. (But true of the SBDCs in New York State and throughout the country!)

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