Biz Talk 2018: #SBDCDay Networking Event

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Celebration of SBDC Day set for March 21, 2018

Businesses have always celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries, and for a second year they’ll be able to celebrate the people who help them turn their dreams into reality – Small Business Development Centers.  America’s SBDC Day is set for March 21, 2018, a day that will unite nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they’ve served in their near 40-year history.

SBDC Day is a national proclamation of the success of America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) on the success of the nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers – America’s small businesses.

“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

Since 1980, 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks have provided no cost one-on-one advising to small businesses at nearly 1,000 locations throughout the nation.

A new business is opened with the assistance of the SBDC around the country every 30 minutes; a new job is created every 5.5 minutes; more than $100,000 in new sales are generated every 8.2 minutes, and small businesses are able to obtain more than $100,000 in capital every 10 minutes.

In 2017, the Del Mar College Small Business Development Center consulted over 504 entrepreneurs which accounted for 34 business starts and 16 business expansions, 214 jobs created (full-time & part time), $12.8 million change in sales, and $6.4 million capital investments.

America’s SBDC network is a partnership that includes the U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation. SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to an estimated one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for no cost, face-to-face business advising and assistance with writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more.

Small businesses, resource partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay. On March 21, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their life and community. SBDCs nationwide will collectively share, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will also be celebrated through public relations initiates, campaigns, and online and in-person events.

Here in Corpus Christi, we invite you to join the Del Mar College Small Business Development Center on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to network with our office staff, your peers (fellow small business owners), and business groups. The event will run from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development located at 3209 S. Staples St, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. We will all come together to learn and chat about our local businesses and the Del Mar College SBDC. Space is limited so please RSVP by noon on March 20th at www.seminarscc.com. There will be a light breakfast and coffee available.

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