Services SBDC

The TAMIU SBDC is a leader in economic development planning and delivery of highly effective advising and low cost training services.

The TAMIU SBDC is responsible for serving the small business and rural communities of Webb, Zapata and Jim Hogg Counties. Our professional trained staff work closely with small business owners to achieve long-term growth and profitability, which in turn, give back in terms of economic development.



We provide one-on-one confidential business advising services
The services of the TAMIU SBDC are open to anyone who currently owns a business or is interested in starting a business. Business advising is provided at NO CHARGE. A registration fee is normally charged for seminars and workshops. TAMIU SBDC counselors can provide their clients with targeted research assistance through the SBDC National Information Clearinghouse. This program provides research data and analysis and web-based information that enables SBDC clients to make sound business decisions

Some of our advising services are :
Developing a Business Plan, Financial Analysis, Managing Cash Flow, Market Planning and Research, Financing Alternatives, Accounting Basics, Budgeting and Reporting, Busines Taxes, Import/Export Opportunities, Developing New Products, Franchising Opportunities, Government Contracting (Hub Certification, 8(a) Certification), Human Resource issues, Customer Service, etc.



The SBDC training is specifically design to provide new and established entrepreneurs with business guidance, tools on how to enhance their business skills, and loan packaging assistance. Training workshops range from marketing strategies, skills for new supervisors and basic computer training like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Quickbooks.

In addition the SBDC offers an extensive catalog of on-line training courses that you can take directly from your own computer. You may find more information regarding our web-based training by selecting the 'on-line' option in the left-side menu.



TAMIU's SBDC offers workshops, conferences, and courses geared to the needs of small businesses. Training programs range from advanced seminars aimed at experienced small business owners to introductory courses for those planning to start a business.

The SBDC also, develops and conducts specialized programs to meet specific needs. Working with business professionals and other small business assistance organizations, the SBDC provides managers, owners, and potential owners with the tools to analyze and resolve business problems.

County Business Forms

Businesses that operate as sole proprietorships or general partnerships should file an Assumed Name Certificate or d.b.a. (doing business as) for each name (or deviation of that name) the business uses. It is filed with the county clerk in each county where a business premise will be maintained or, if no business premise will be maintained, it should be filed in each county where business will be conducted. DBAs for these type businesses are filed at the county level only - there is no state filing available.

State Business Forms

Businesses that operate as limited partnerships, registered limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, professional corporations, nonprofit corporations, and professional associations, and conduct business in a name other than the name on file with the Secretary of State, should file an Assumed Name Certificate with the Secretary of State and in the county in which the business will have a registered or principal office.

Different forms are required for filing at the state and county levels - one of each is needed.

Please note that additional fees may apply for: additional signatures, additional names, added pages, certified copies, return mail, etc.

City of Laredo

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Laredo Chamber of Commerce

Represents over 650 members in various industries ranging from financial institutions and retailers to transportation, logistics and service providers

Laredo Development Foundation

The business authority for economic and industrial development in the Port of Laredo

Small Business Administration

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Start your business here

SWTX Border Region SBDC

Providing consulting and technical assistance to the small business community of the Texas South-West Border Region

SCORE Counselors

Assisting people in starting, growing and managing small businesses and non-profit organizations

TAMIU Career Services

We assist potential, current and former students to identify, explore, select and enter career programs and employment opportunities