Business Counseling

SBDC offers individual business counseling in a variety of areas by professionally trained counselors who maintain the highest ethical standards of client confidentiality. Counseling services are provided at no cost and are scheduled as often as needed to enable professional counselors to serve as resource support. Persons interested in scheduling counseling are encouraged to call the SBDC main office at 361-698-1021 Form may be submitted online by clicking the below link

Online Request for Counseling
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Training Programs

SBDC provides regularly scheduled training seminars and workshops throughout its service area on a variety of topics that have been identified as important to business persons in the area. These seminars and workshops are open to the public.


Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Another important program of the SBDC is the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The PTAC is partially funded by the Department of Defense and is designed to increase the number and type of businesses selling products and services to government agencies. The PTAC can help any business interested in doing federal, state or local contracting through the following services:
  • Free Counseling on Procurement Matters
  • Technical Support for Certifications (8a, SDB, Hubzone)
  • Access to Bid Packages, Plans and Specifications
  • Electronic Bid Match Service
  • Interpretation of Bid Documents
  • Access to Dodge Reports for South Texas
  • Networking Opportunities with Government Agencies
  • Seminars and Workshops on a Wide Variety of Procurement Topics
  • Access to Military Plans and Specifications
  • Access to Federal Acquisition Regulations
If you are interested in discovering what the PTAC can do for your business, Contact Margie Silguero at 698-1025.


SBDC Resource Library

We have a comprehensive library that includes current reference materials as well as periodicals and publications related to business and international trade. The library has over 50 Startup Guides, and numerous national and international business-related publications. The business resource library is located in our office at the Center for Economic Development at 3209 S. Staples. Call 698-1021 for more details.



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