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 Date: July 17, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Help is available for small-town entrepreneurs


Area residents looking to start or grow a business can now find expert help closer to where they live.


The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center has its satellite system in full swing to bring services to people more conveniently in an 11-county area, Director Joe Harper said.

Joe Harper


"Our certified business advisers now keep regular office hours in the surrounding communities we serve," Harper said. "Weíre bringing the SBDC to rural Texas and reducing the travel burdens for existing and potential business owners."


Anyone interested in new business opportunities can make an appointment to receive free one-on-one business counseling at an area location, Harper said.


All counselors are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule is as follows:








Every Wednesday

Beeville Chamber of Commerce, 1705 N. St. Maryís St.

Joe Humphreys


First Friday & last Tuesday

Cuero Chamber of Commerce,124 E. Church St.

Lisa Barr


Third Tuesday

Edna Chamber of Commerce, 317 W. Main St.

Lisa Barr


First Monday

Goliad County Chamber of Commerce, 231 S. Market St.

Joe Humphreys


Third Thursday

Gonzales Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 414 St. Lawrence St.

Lisa Barr


First & third Wednesday

Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, 1614 N. Texana St.

Lisa Barr

Kenedy/Karnes City

Third Friday

Karnes County Economic Development, 491 N.

Sunset Strip

Joe Humphreys

Port Lavaca

Second Wednesday

Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce, 2300 Highway 35 N.

Lisa Barr


Second & fourth Thursday

Refugio Chamber of Commerce, 301 N. Alamo St.

Joe Humphreys


Every Tuesday

Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, 404 Broadway St.

Joe Harper


"None of this would be possible without the support of our community hosts who provide office space and resources for us to service our clients," Harper said.


The schedule may change in the future depending on how much demand for services each location receives, he said.


"Our goal is to provide the SBDCís services where itís most convenient for entrepreneurs to receive them, and thatís in their own communities," he said. "Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and it is our job to strengthen that backbone."


The SBDC serves an 11-county area made up of Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties.


For more information or to schedule a session with a business adviser, contact the SBDC at 361-575-8944 or toll free at 877-895-SBDC.




The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.