Training: How To Start a Business, Government Contracts and More

The Tarrant SBDC offers seminars designed to give you the tools, techniques and knowledge to be successful in today’s business environment – everything from the basics of how to start a business, to bidding on government contracts, to managing cash flow and understanding Quickbooks. Not all classes are offered monthly, and some are offered via webinar.

To register for an instructor-led seminar, find your course on the calendar below and follow the link to the registration portal. Participants will receive CEU credit through Tarrant County College for their attendance. Course descriptions are available below.


Eventbrite Class Calendar


For your convenience, our training seminars are available at three Tarrant County locations: Fort Worth, Arlington and North Richland Hills. When registering for an event, be sure to confirm the host venue and make appropriate travel arrangements.

Tarrant SBDC / James E. Guinn Complex
1150 South Freeway, Suite 229
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Arlington Chamber of Commerce
505 E. Border Street
Arlington, TX 76010

North Richland Hills Library
9015 Grand Avenue
North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Seminar/Class Descriptions

Start your Business – 2 Hours, 1 Session – Free!

Thinking about starting a business? Need the basics or learn where to go to for help? This workshop introduces the basics of how to start a business. If you want to turn your idea into a business, this seminar is critical:

  • Define your business idea
  • Understand what a Business Plan is & Why It’s Necessary
  • Business legal structure, permits & licenses requirements
  • Where to turn for help

Government Contracting Orientation – 2 Hours, 1 Session – Free!

Want to conduct business with local and federal governments and learn how to do business with taxing entities, such as D/FW Airport, The “T”, state universities and others? Explore the Government Bid Processes, determine the right point of entry and learn the benefits of minority certification. This seminar is taught by the SBDC Center for Government Contracting.

Quickbooks® Desktop for Intermediate – 8 Hours, 3 Sessions – Registration Fee Applies

This hands-on workshop continues where QuickBooks Desktop for Beginners left off. You will learn how to fill out sales forms, memorize transactions, record customer payments, record deposits and enter bills. You will use QuickBooks for accounts payable, including paying bills, writing checks, using registers, transferring money between accounts. Financial reports discussed include: Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet. All class participants meeting attendance requirements will receive CEU credits from the TCC Continuing Education Department, and a certificate will be issued to you. This seminar utilizes the desktop version of QuickBooks, such as “Pro” or “Premier” versions.

If you bring your own laptop, QuickBooks must be loaded. Choose the correction registration option:
1. if you need a laptop provided;
2. if you choose to bring your own laptop. If capacity is full and you own a laptop with QuickBooks loaded on it, please contact us for additional placement in course

Quickbooks® Online for Beginners – 8 Hours, 3 Sessions – Registration Fee Applies

Unlike the QuickBooks Desktop for Intermediate workshop, this workshop focuses on the online version for those starting out using Quickbooks. Learn how to navigate, setup your QuickBooks, modify lists and users, record transactions, create and customize your Chart of Accounts, reconcile bank statements, and analyze basic financial statements and reports with the online version of Quickbooks. All class participants meeting attendance requirements will receive CEU credits from the TCC Continuing Education Department, and a certificate will be issued to you.

Note: Please bring a flash drive to class.

Legal Forum – 1 Hour Conference Call – Free!

This interactive, open forum lets you speak with a local Attorney via conference call. Ask questions and get answers as a participant discussing the legalities of business in Tarrant County and the State of Texas. *Information provided not to be construed as specific legal advice to those who attend, but general information only.

Taught by Tisha Dodge, Dodge Legal Group, PC.