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Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

What's the difference between the SBA and the SBDC?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency that provides aid, counsel, and disaster assistance to small businesses. They are able to fulfill their mission, in part, through the creation of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). The Idaho SBDC is funded, in part, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as matching funds from the state of Idaho, and contributions from partner boroughs, cities, and other sponsors throughout the state. SBDCs are nationwide and offer one-on-one, no-cost confidential counseling, low-cost workshops, and reference libraries. SBDCs are part of the nation-wide Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), which works on behalf of the SBDCs nationwide to support small businesses.

How does business counseling work?

The Idaho SBDC is staffed by certified business advisors and provides entrepreneurs with business assistance and tools to aid in their success – completely at no-cost. Our experienced advisors cover topics that include business planning, financial analysis, marketing, accounting, cash flow projections, and new business feasibility, to name a few. If you are interested in setting up an initial appointment, please complete our online client registration. We provide assistance for: New businesses, Established businesses looking to grow, and Purchasing an existing business.

Does the SBDC only help start-ups?

The SBDC business counselors are with you every step of the way whether you’re just starting, maintaining and growing, or exiting your business. We can also help with the buying and selling of businesses across the state! Growing season is every day for SBDC clients, regardless of the region, the season or the weather. We know what it takes to succeed in business, every step of the way, and our clients are reaping the benefits of SBDC expert assistance. Grow with us.

What does the SBDC do?

The Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through our no-cost and confidential consulting and affordable trainings to small businesses throughout our state. This video provides an overview of our network services and showcases some of our clients and the work we have done with them.

Does the ISBDC give business loans or grants?

No, the Idaho Small Business Development Center does not provide loans or grants for small businesses.

How much does it cost to become an SBDC client?

Thanks to funding provided by the State of Idaho and the Small Business Administration, there is never a cost to meet with an SBDC advisor. 

Can an SBDC advisor review my loan application?

Absolutely! We spend a lot of time getting to know the local lenders, what types of loans they are making and what causes red flags to fly when they review new loan applications. 

How much does small business development center consulting cost?

Nothing. Consulting is free to our clients at the North Central Idaho SBDC.

What kinds of backgrounds do SBDC consultants have?

Diverse backgrounds. Scroll down this page on our state website to learn about our consultants and then request an appointment at an office in North Central Idaho.

Ok. I see I need an appointment. How do I set up a consulting appointment with the North-Central Idaho Small Business Development Center?

You can set up an appointment on this page.

Are YOU ready to meet with an Idaho SBDC Consultant?

Yes: Request an Appointment

Are you the SBA?

The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) administers and funds the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program to provide one-on-one counseling services and training programs for startups and existing small businesses.

Do you charge for your services?

Our small business services are funded by the SBA of the United States and other local partners. That gives us the ability to provide our services at NO-COST.

What Services do you provide?

We provide small business counseling, training events, and resources.

Can we meet in the evenings or weekends?

Hours are by appointment only depending on your individual consultant.

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