SBDC Business Advisors can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Coaching is provided at no charge to qualified businesses, although there may be a cost for certain out-of-pocket costs incurred by the SBDC.
To qualify for coaching, the business must have less than 500 employees. Individuals who are considering starting a business are also eligible for counseling.
All potential SBDC clients must sign a "Request for Counseling" form and must agree to participate in surveys designed to measure the effectiveness of the SBDC program. To help maximize the value of the counseling, clients should prepare a draft business plan before meeting with the Advisor
SBDC Advisors have significant experience in the private sector, and many have extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Many SBDCs also use qualified faculty, students and volunteers to enhance their counseling services. SBDC counselors are highly regarded by clients for their business skills and expertise.
All counseling is confidential.
You can check out your local SBDC website to see the full range of their services. If you want to make an appointment with a counselor you can do so online. Someone from your local SBDC will contact you in most cases by the next business day.