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Ahmad Goree: SBA offers free counselors, services to help you start or grow your small business

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Ahmad Goree

The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to helping all small businesses succeed. SBA offers a wealth of programs aimed at providing knowledge to entrepreneurs on key things such as how to write a business plan and scaling a business. 

Ahmad Goree
Ahmad Goree

We provide these free services through our network of resource partners, which are the Small Business Development Centers and SCORE. Both organizations offer counseling services to help guide and mentor you in starting and growing a business. 

Eight out of 10 small business owners fail within their first 18 months simply because they don't get the professional guidance and advice on what it takes to operate a success business. Additionally, private consulting services can cost hundreds of dollars an hour. That is why SBA offers these services at no cost to help businesses understand what it takes to become successful.

Small Business Development Centers 

Small Business Development Centers provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDC business advisors help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. 

Each SBDC is hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA. A current and prospective small business can receive a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support and health care guidance.

With dozens of host networks branching out with hundreds of service delivery points throughout the U.S., District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, SBDC assistance is available virtually anywhere. 

The Denton SBDC is at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 W Parkway St., and can be reached at 817-380-1849.

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. It is supported by the SBA to provide services to individuals interested in starting or growing a business. 

SCORE mentors are trained to serve as counselors, advisers and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. 

The Denton-area SCORE office is located at Denton's North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. To schedule an appointment to speak with a mentor, call 940-349-8757.

Ahmad Goree is chief of the Marketing and Outreach Division and public information officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Dallas-Fort Worth District, which covers 72 counties and serves over 860,000 small businesses and an estimated 9 million residents. He can be reached at 817-684-5500 or ahmad.goree@sba.gov.