The TAMIU SBDC is a leader in economic development planning and delivery of highly effective advising and low cost training services.

The TAMIU SBDC is responsible for serving the small business and rural communities of Webb, Zapata, and Jim Hogg Counties. Our professional trained staff work closely with small business owners to achieve long-term growth and profitability, which in turn, give back in terms of economic development.


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Our Services


We provide one-on-one confidential business advising services.

The services of the TAMIU SBDC are open to anyone who currently owns a business or is interested in starting a business. Business advising is provided at NO CHARGE. TAMIU SBDC advisors provide their clients with targeted research assistance through the SBDC National Information Clearinghouse. This program provides research data, analysis, and web-based information that enables SBDC clients to make sound business decisions.

Our advising services include but are not limited to:

Developing a Business Plan, Financial Analysis, Managing Cash Flow, Market Planning and Research, Financing Alternatives, Accounting Basics, Budgeting and Reporting, Business Taxes, Import/Export Opportunities, New Product Development, Franchising Opportunities, Government Contracting, Human Resources, Customer Service, etc.

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The SBDC training is specifically designed to provide new and established entrepreneurs with business guidance, tools on how to enhance their business skills, and loan packaging assistance. Training workshops range from marketing strategies, skills for new supervisors and basic computer training like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and QuickBooks.

In addition, the SBDC offers an extensive catalog of online training courses that you can take directly from your own computer. You may find more information regarding our web-based training by selecting the 'online' option in the left-side menu.

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TAMIU's SBDC offers workshops, conferences, and courses geared to the needs of small businesses. Training programs range from advanced seminars aimed at experienced small business owners to introductory courses for those planning to start a business.

The SBDC also, develops and conducts specialized programs to meet specific needs. Working with business professionals and other small business assistance organizations, the SBDC provides managers, owners, and potential owners with the tools to analyze and resolve business problems.

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Business Forms

County Business Forms

Businesses that operate as sole proprietorships or general partnerships should file an Assumed Name Certificate or d.b.a. (doing business as) for each name (or deviation of that name) the business uses. It is filed with the county clerk in each county where a business premise will be maintained or, if no business premise will be maintained, it should be filed in each county where business will be conducted. DBAs for these type of businesses are filed at the county level only - there is no state filing available.

State Business Forms

Businesses that operate as limited partnerships, registered limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, professional corporations, nonprofit corporations, and professional associations, and conduct business in a name other than the name on file with the Secretary of State, should file an Assumed Name Certificate with the Secretary of State and in the county in which the business will have a registered or principal office.

Different forms are required for filing at the state and county levels - one of each is needed.

Small Business Resources

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Small Business Development Center



Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Room 321

5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041


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The TAMIU SBDC is a proud member of the Texas South-West SBDC Network, is funded in part through the State of Texas and a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio, and accredited nationally by America’s SBDC.