Plano Entrepreneur & Small Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 
 
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA is independent agency of the federal government to assist small business. The SBA oversees the SBD centers throughout the US. The SBA web site provides extensive information about financial assistance, counseling, contract opportunities, minority programs and more. 
 
Collin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Collin Small Business Development Center, in Plano, TX, is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Collin College. Through this partnership, one-on-one, strategic business consulting is provided at no charge to businesses and residents of Collin and Rockwall Counties. Low and no charge workshops and seminars are scheduled on topics that are essential to business success.  

SCORE 
 
SCORE classifies itself as "Counselors to America's Small Business" and is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their counseling services are available at the Collin SBC. 
 
SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has over 300 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,000 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

North Texas Small Business Development Center Network

The North Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is currently the largest management assistance program serving the business sector in the United States. Implementation of the program, upon completion of the annual Cooperative Agreement, rests within each SBDC State or Region Director and the sponsoring organization.

An SBDC conducts research, counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses, providing comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. Each SBDC encourages unique local efforts to meet small business needs in its area. SBDCs develop and maintain partnerships among community organizations and agencies: local, state and federal, to provide a focal point for broad networks of public and private resources at the community level. SBDC partnership programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in each state.

It is the philosophical approach of the SBDC to guide and train the client in the areas of assistance required, rather than doing the work for them. Any present or prospective business owner is eligible for SBDC management and technical advising at no charge.
 
Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)

How to qualify as a HUB: 
  • a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standard prescribed by 34 TAC §20.294, and has its principal place of business in Texas, and
  • is at least 51 percent owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or Service Disabled Veteran, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.

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Howard Cho
Howard Cho
Founder, President & CEO
CVE Technologies


"The City of Plano assisted and supported us in finding the best location to expand and settle our business. The City's incentives most definetly helped us relocate. Plano has been the best place for our business with its steady labor supply, access to nearby major highways and thriving technological business environment. Most of all, the friendliness and constant support from the community and the City of Plano government has helped to guide us in the pursuit of our vision and dream for the better tomorrow. I am so privileged to be a citizen, business man and resident of the City of Plano."

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