If you embrace the idea that shopping locally is both your responsibility and your passion, you might see yourself opening a business in Corsicana. What if Small Business Saturday inspires you to make it your goal in 2020?

How would you get started? Who can help you decide what your business opportunities might be? The size of the market? Trends in the industry which interests you?

Where do you turn for business research? Help with the latest resources and connections? Get you ready to visit a banker? All at no cost?

It’s the Navarro Small Business Development Center, and it’s right here in Corsicana. Hosted by Navarro College, the SBDC is part of the North Texas Regional SBDC network and the U.S. Small Business Administration offering a surprising array of business services, whether you want to start a new business, expand your business, or get your business ready for the global economy.

Because businesses used SBDC:

Every 9 minutes

A new job is created in the U.S.

Every 15 minutes

$100,000 in new sales is created

Every 17 minutes

$100,000 in financing is obtained

Every 45 minutes

A new business opens

Leslie Leerskov directs a small but mighty team of business experts available to all businesses. Not only are the advisors knowledgeable and trained in business management, they are considered experts in one or more areas of business, and all of them have at one point owned a small business, which provides real world experience.

In America, the Small Business Development Center helps a new business every 35 minutes. Businesses that partner with SBDC grow 4.3% faster than the national average, and 50% of SBDC clients open a business with in the first year.

Locally, the Navarro Small Business Development Center has helped many businesses you may know: Cotton Kisses, Angelita Vineyard and Winery, Centex Credit Union, Texas Environmental Training & Compliance and PR Equipment, and Mita’s Coffee House & Fine Food.

“PR Equipment began coming to fruition in 2017 which is when we first reached out to SBDC in Corsicana. Opening a business brought many questions which fell beyond our expertise. We have relied on the SBDC for assistance with business structure, accounting software and advise on securing financing. The SBDC has provided consulting for PR Equipment and Mita’s Coffee House and we are currently working with SBDC to provide employee training. The Navarro College SBDC continues to be a valuable resource for us as we continue to grow and expand in Navarro County”, said Nick and April Pomeroy.

“When we needed to find out who to contact for trade name registration, licensing or filing permits, the SBDC either had the information or quickly found it,” said Beverly Spahn, owner of Angelita Vineyard and Winery.

Centex Credit Union also used SBDC and praises Director Leslie Leerskov.

“Greatest asset in Navarro County SBDC the Director, Leslie Leerskov. Ready at the drop of a hat! Whatever we need, Leslie is there to assist. Great ideas, motivated, energetic, optimistic, can do attitude”, said Janis Massey and Debbie Wilson.

Next year, your business could be praising the work the Small Business Development Center did for your business. Find out more at www.navarrocollegesbdc.org or call 903-872-8104.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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