Tarrant County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Mission of the Tarrant Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to accelerate the North Texas economy by helping entrepreneurs grow sustainable businesses.


The Tarrant County Small Business Development Center is possible through a grant funded by the state of Texas, Tarrant County College, and the SBA. As a result, free counseling services on business topics such as marketing, financing, and other business strategies are free to local entrepreneurs. SBDC’s focus on  helping clients overcome challenges, discovering new opportunities, or pivoting to take on new growth. The Tarrant County SBDC is able to assist any business where the owner resides in Tarrant County or when a business has a physical location in Tarrant County.

SBDC has access to a powerful database called SizeUp that will help you answer questions such as:

  • Where should I start my own business?
  • How can I find more customers?
  • Who are my competitors, and how do I perform compared to them?
  • How do I identify the best places to locate and advertise my business?

These are just a few of the questions that SizeUp can help you answer. It doesn’t cost anything for you to create and download reports customized to your needs.

Even if you’ve already scheduled an appointment with a business advisor, we encourage you to use the SizeUp tool to help plan questions and formulate thoughts for your session with one of our highly skilled advisors. 

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Plan Development
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Market Research
  • Diversification
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Demographic and Census Data

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance
  • Watershed Planning
  • Tax Credits
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Economic Forecast

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loans
  • Venture Capital
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Technology Grants
  • Tax Credits
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Microloans
  • Matching Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Government Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Debt Funding
  • Crowdfunding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Bonding
  • Angel Investment
  • Grant Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Retention
  • Apprenticeship
  • Policies and Templates
  • Insurance
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Employee Development

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Certification and Licensing
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Legal Services

  • Labor Relations
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Employee Relations
  • Forming a Business
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Contract Review

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Website Development
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General
  • International Trade
  • Home Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Demographically Based

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support
  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Product Assembly and Packaging

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Patent Information
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Government Requirements
  • Codes
  • Certification
  • Bonding
  • Environmental Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business

Tax Services

  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Primary Contact
1150 South Freeway, Suite 229
Fort Worth, TX 76104