Business planning seminar helps entrepreneurs get started, keep going

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs soon can get expert help with smart business planning.

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center will present a business plan and strategic planning workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 12 at its offices, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St. The event will be directed by Debra Dimando with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Joe Harper

Businesses need a plan for how to operate and outmaneuver the competition in order to grow and prosper, SBDC Director Joe Harper said.

“A business plan gives you a clear understanding of your business, how it operates and the environment in which it works,” he said. “Strategic planning helps you develop a clear plan for where you want your business to be and how you will get it there.”

Good planning allows business operators to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and expand their businesses in intelligent ways.

“That makes your business more profitable and more sustainable, even in a challenging economy like the one we are in now,” he said.

The UHV SBDC provides business consulting services, many of them free, to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in Victoria and 10 surrounding counties.

“We are here to help build the economy one business at a time,” Harper said. “Small business is the backbone of the American economy.”

For more information, or to reserve a seat for the session, contact the SBDC at or call 877-895-7232.

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.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342