Looking for a loan? Wednesday SBDC seminar can help

Joe Humphreys

Small business owners searching for loan options can learn what’s available at a free seminar Wednesday put on by the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center.

The Access to Capital and Alternative Financing Seminar will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the UHV SBDC office, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St.

The seminar will cover how to receive small, short-term loans when business owners are unable to obtain financial assistance through banks and credit unions.

“It can be frustrating to get turned down for loans through normal lending channels, but that doesn’t mean small businesses are out of luck,” SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “There are other sources out there. This seminar will explain what alternatives exist and how to apply.”

Annie Hudspeth

Annie Hudspeth, Small Business Administration lending specialist for the San Antonio district office, will provide information about how to access capital to start, grow and expand small businesses.

Hudspeth has worked as a loan officer in processing, servicing and liquidation of SBA loans. She currently is assigned to the lender relations division, where she assists lenders with eligibility, servicing and loan liquidation questions, as well as marketing SBA products and services to the public in the 55-county district.

Hudspeth also is the Austin and San Antonio area representative for the SBA Women’s Business Centers, a network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to help women start and grow businesses.

Attendees must RSVP to reserve a seat. To sign-up, contact Jean Smith at 361-575-8944 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro