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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, partner colleges and universities and contributions from other sponsors throughout the state. SBDCs are located at colleges and universities nationwide and offer one-on-one, no-cost confidential counseling and low-cost workshops. SBDCs are part of the nation-wide Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).
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 at no-cost to the business. 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 and established businesses looking to grow, businesses that may be preparing to sell or close and individuals planning to purchase an existing business.
Does the SBDC only help start-ups?
No, the SBDC business counselors are with you every step of the way whether you’re just starting, maintaining, growing or exiting your business. We can also help with the buying and selling of businesses. 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.
Ok, I see I need an appointment to meet with a counselor. How do I set up one?
Can we meet in the evenings or weekends?
Each consultant sets their own hours. Please contact your consultant directly to find out if she/he is able to meet outside normal business hours. You may be able to meet via Zoom or Skype.