The University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network continues to perform at the top of our SBDC peer group nationally and is one of the largest business assistance provider in the state of Texas. Our Network has 14 centers throughout southeast Texas that provides no-cost business advising, low-cost training services and resources to help new and growing businesses succeed. The SBDC advising staff can assist entrepreneurs and small business owners in various stages of the business life cycle: pre-venture or early stage, startup, expansion, growth an exit.
In 2019, our centers advised 5,127 clients, helped create 6,058 jobs and helped retain 3, 3,034 jobs across southeast Texas. We helped start 376 new businesses and generated $237,000,000 in startup and expansion capital for our communities. Also, 4,117 people attended our 363 training events.