SBDC seminar to focus on small business financing opportunities

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration are joining forces to provide a free informational seminar for community members interested in starting or expanding a small business.

SBA – Access to Capital & 504 will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 10 at the SBDC office, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St.

Annie Hudspeth

Lender relations specialist Annie Hudspeth of the U.S. Small Business Administration and David Moreno, business development officer from Capital Certified Development Co., will lead the educational business seminar about how to access capital to start or grow small businesses through the many SBA loan guaranty programs available.

Participants also will learn about the benefits of the CDC/504 loan program, a long-term financing tool for economic development within a community. It provides small businesses requiring “brick-and-mortar” financing to acquire major fixed assets.

During the seminar, participants will also be able to meet with resource experts about financing and get information about how to manage a successful small business.

Joe Humphreys

“This seminar focuses on a government loan assistance program, CDC/504,” SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “The training will show attendees what this loan assistance program can do for them and how to take advantage of it. You do not need to be an SBDC client to attend; our seminars are always open to the public.”

Hudspeth works for the San Antonio District Office of the SBA and has extensive experience counseling on financing options for small businesses. She has worked 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.

To register for the seminar, contact the SBDC at or 361-485-4485.

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