In 2021,

Economic Impact. Making a Difference.


Our Economic Impact 2021

Enhancing the economic well-being of southeast Texas communities.


5,185 Consulted Business Clients

Clients received valuable, one-on-one, business advising. We are committed to helping small business owners optimize their business strategy for long-term success.

$115.5M Startup & Expansion Capital

The SBDC assisted advisors assisted with 260 loans and helped secure $115.5 million in capital, creating a meaningful impact in local communities throughout southeast Texas.

6,275 Jobs Created & Retained

We’ve created opportunities that has enabled small businesses to hire and retain staff. The SBDC created 4,582 jobs and retained 1,693 jobs, empowering economic growth.

$50.6M Additional Taxes

The overall impact for established business clients from SBDCs' services led to $50.6 million in new tax contributions: $38.58 million state taxes and $12.02 million in federal taxes.

377 New Business Starts

We’ve taken thousands of new businesses from simple ideas to successful companies, so if you’re thinking of starting a business, tap into our key services to join their ranks.

$456.1M New Sales

SBDC clients continuously out-performs the average Texas business. In 2021, SBDC clients generated a whopping total of approximately $456.1 million in new sales.

$9.08 Return for Every $1

For every $1 invested in the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network program, our clients generate a total of approximately $9.08 in incremental revenue.

7.2% Sales Growth

SBDC clients continue to out-perform the average existing small business. In 2021, SBDC clients produced 7.2% sales growth versus -5.4% of the average Texas business.

279 Events Hosted

The SBDC hosted a total of 279 business training courses to help clients gain new business knowledge and skills on a variety of small business topics.


Unmatched Top-Tier Business Resources

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The University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network is a business advising and training center serving 32 counties in Southeast Texas. The UH Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network is a program of the UH Bauer College of Business and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and are available to individuals with disabilities. The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at 713-752-8488 for accommodations.

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