Resources For Your Business

If you’re considering starting a business, purchasing an existing business or need to expand or sell your business, you’ve come to the right place! Tarrant SBDC is here to help you wade through a myriad of business-related issues. Since 1989, Tarrant SBDC has helped businesses help themselves with incomparable expertise, support, training and advice in entrepreneurship and small business management.

Tarrant SBDC joins forces with a variety of professional partners including the U.S. Small Business Administration and federal/state/local governments, to name a few. Our invaluable resources are designed to help small businesses, throughout Tarrant County, grow and succeed.

What Tarrant SBDC Provides:
A treasure trove of diverse business information is readily available through training classes, one-on-one advising and/or interactive on-line sites, at little or no cost. Tarrant SBDC provides:

Business Advising:
Business advisors are available to help you with all aspects of your company’s growth, from start-up to cash-flow analysis to implementing an exit strategy. This advice is personalized, confidential and free of charge.

Training:
Training classes are available monthly or every other month for your convenience. Trainings focus on business topics which significantly impact each stage of one’s business growth cycle. For example, our Critical Information—IRS Tax Workshop offers essential insight on business tax requirements; and the Beginning QuickBooks for Small Businesses focuses on keeping precise financial reports.

Resources:
Roll up your sleeves and stroll through our vast network of interactive resources, from local to federal, which cover matters relating to:

1) Business Start Up - Here, entities such as the Office of The Comptroller can assist with something as preliminary as naming your business. Or, visit the easy-to-use IRS site that will guide you on how to apply on-line for a federal Employment Identification Number, or EIN.

2) Financing - A variety of financial resources provide assistance with necessities as basic as securing your credit score—highly advised before speaking with a lender. With our Annual Credit Report, you can quickly retrieve your score and know what potential lenders will actually see.

3) Management and Marketing - Our Go-Logo selection will help you establish your company’s identity, from logo creation to commercial jingles.

4) Legal Tax Issues - One of our legal sites, LawGuru, provides over 340 links to various legal resources.

At Tarrant SBDC we look forward to partnering with you by providing the education, tools, assistance and connectivity necessary to help you successfully carry out your business plan!


Business Start-Up

Starting a Business - SBA's section of resources to get you started.

Texas Wide Open for Business - The official brand for the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor. 

Forming your Corporation online - the Secretary of State’s office allows you to file your corporate charter online as well as other business entities

Naming your Business - The Office of the Comptroller allows you to search the names of taxable entities in the state of Texas

Getting your Employer Identification Number (EIN) - IRS allows you to apply online for your federal EIN

SCORE Templates and Tools
– An outstanding source for free templates and tools for planning and growing your small business.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
- Part of a local/state network dedicated to developing the workforce of Texas.

Office of Women's Business Ownership - SBA's information for women-owned businesses.

Small Business Administration - Information on start-up and all aspects of running a small business. Includes downloadable programs to help you get started!

Franchise Consultant - This consulting service may be useful in helping you search for and evaluate a franchise business.

American Association of Franchise Dealers - Includes resources to help you understand and explore a franchise business.

MBA Student's Guide To Entrepreneurship - Poses important questions one should ask before starting a business and offers valuable information about writing business plans and securing funding.

Financing

The Small Business Credit Process - A service of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

SBA Financing Basics

Annual Credit Report – You should know your score before talking to a lender. Get your credit score here and know what potential lenders will see.

Business Funding Directory - Potential sources of funding, including government and private sector.

Crowd Funding – Visit this link to learn more about crowd funding and review alternative funding options that may be a fit for your product.

Management & Marketing

Go Logo - Get your corporate identity from logo creation to commercial jingles.

Small Business Toolkit
- Includes sample letters, contracts and other documents. Most material is free, but there is a small fee for some services.

SBA Management for Growth

Legal & Tax Issues

HG.org - An extensive legal site with some great links.

NOLO Press - The leading provider of self-help legal information for individuals and small business owners.

LawGuru - A great site for legal research. Over 340 links to various legal resources.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center – Important information and forms for taxes.

Department of Labor Wage & Hour information - Helpful fact sheets regarding wages and conditions for employees. 

Taxable Services in Texas
– Learn about sales tax laws in Texas and how to ensure you are compliant.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Protect your work before it's too late.

North Texas SBDC Specialty Centers

Government Contracting SBDC – Get help to become a government contractor

Technology SBDC – Get help commercializing your product

International SBDC – Provides help for businesses that import and export their products, or would like to start.

Risk Management SBDC – Know the risks your businesses face and learn how to protect yourself.

Other Local Resources

Tarrant Area Chambers of Commerce – Chambers of Commerce provide a number of outstanding resources and assistance to businesses. Find one that is right for you and consider joining.

DBA Certificate - Complete the paperwork for officially filling your business’s name here.

TECH Fort Worth – TECH Fort Worth is a nonprofit business incubator which helps entrepreneurs bring to market innovative technologies that will impact the environment, empower the community and improve healthcare.

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) - A local Texas resource to address the challenges of today's hyper-competitive manufacturing business environment.

SCORE Fort Worth
– The local chapter for the Service Corp Of Retired Executives offers free counseling and workshops to small businesses and those wishing to start a business.

FW BAC – The City Fort Worth Business Assistance Center provides free counseling, workshops and resources to prospective and current small business owners.

Knowledge for Success – A local non-profit that provides a wide variety of programs, training and workshops to help local business start and grow.

Funding Information Center – An excellent resource for local non-profit organizations.

General Research & Information

SOHO America - A good source of information, resources and benefits for small-office, home-office entrepreneurs.

Inc. Magazine Online
– Outstanding articles and information on all types of small business concerns.

Be the Boss
- An excellent source for franchising information. Contains many good links.

U.S. Census Bureau - A comprehensive source of data about the U.S. people and economy.
Industry Information Resources - A free resource guide to industry-specific resources and data for over 400 industries.

Quickfacts - Census bureau data about spending, incomes, age, other demographics

SBA 'Size-Up' Program - Online tool to help small businesses compare against competitors, map customers, suppliers and find the best places to advertise

Industry Information Resources - A free resource guide to industry-specific resources and data for over 400 industries.

Yahoo! Industry Center - Directory of industries, companies per industry, industry new, etc.

BizStats - Industry benchmarks, other financial help

People With Disabilities - A SBA sponsored article specifically for those with disabilities.

America's SBDC Biz Blog - A viable resource of articles and research for the small business owner.  Listed as Forbes' "100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs"

"The Tarrant SBDC made the process of finding valuable resources to aid businesses in their development simple and rewarding." -Sherry Green

Tarrant SBDC is part of the North Texas SBDC Network, and
is an accredited member of the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Funding for the Tarrant SBDC is provided in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration and Tarrant County College.