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Group of 93 Graduates from TAMIU SBDC’s Small Business Management Certificate Program Friday, Feb. 9 Posted: 2/01/18

Group of 93 Graduates from TAMIU SBDC’s Small Business Management Certificate Program Friday, Feb. 9


Globe at TAMIU Entrance
TAMIU SBDC Director Michael González  

A historic cohort of 93 current and future small business owners will receive their Small Business Management Certificate (SBMC) during Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) annual graduation ceremony.

The TAMIU SBDC Graduation Ceremony will be on Friday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Monte Carlo Reception Hall.

The TAMIU SBDC SBMC Program is recognized as the premier course to prepare and educate current and aspiring small business owners in Laredo and South Texas, said Michael González, TAMIU SBDC director.

“The TAMIU SBDC is proud to announce a record-breaking cohort for this program, now in its 9th year,” González said, “Our current cohort is 95% Hispanic, 75% women and 20% of the cohort currently owns a business and is looking to expand.”

The SBMCP is a 10-week course held at TAMIU and helps current and future small business owners build essential business skills and knowledge on how to run a successful business.

Completion of the program helps participants enhance their management skills and provide a solid foundation for success, González said.

“As part of the Program, participants also get one-on-one professional advising from TAMIU SBDC’s certified business advisors to assist them with their start-up or expansion process of their potential or existing business,” González said.

The next SBMCP classes start March 8. Complete course enrollment fee is $125.

Those interested in participating may register at

Since 2011, the TAMIU SBDC has had a total of 2,961 new clients, and provided 14,364 counseling hours to new and existing businesses. In 2016 alone, some 63,000 businesses in the region were served.

For more information, please contact Michael González, TAMIU SBDC director, at 956.326.2827, email, or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 321. Additional information is also available on the TAMIU SBDC website at