What is an SBDC


What is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC)?

A SBDC is the main source of technical and managerial assistance for small businesses in the United States. The mission of an SBDC is to promote growth, innovation, productivity and revenue for small businesses through improvements to their business administration.

With over 40 years of success, the U.S. SBDC Network is the nation’s proven, cost-effective, and accredited infrastructure focused on small business success. This network empowers entrepreneurs to realize their dream of business ownership and helps existing small businesses grow and become competitive in the global marketplace.   

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 *2019 Findings from a national independent study by James J. Chrisman, PH.D.


What Makes the SBDC Model Different?
  • Focuses on providing no-cost, one-on-one, confidential and long-term advising for a large number of small businesses.
  • Culture of constant measurement and continuous improvement for all program services.
  • Generates documented economic impact including business starts, expansions and formalizations, increased sales, jobs created, and exports for clients that will produce a positive return on investment for funding stakeholders.
  • The simplicity, flexibility, and capacity to adapt to local market needs.


Why Adapt the SBDC Model?
  • The focus on long-term assistance: The high-value, one-on-one and long-term assistance is the key element to generate economic impact on the SME sector.
  • The work with multiple small business clients: The SBDC model allows counselors to work with hundreds of clients per year, broadening the client base and maximizing the efficiency of the services offered and the impact generated.
  • The creation of economic impact: The mission of all SBDC professionals is to help clients generate long-term economic impact that establishes new businesses, creates jobs, and increases sales and access to capital.
  • The results oriented culture: SBDC professionals are evaluated in terms of impact generated through client work.
  • The joint investment by three key sectors: SBDCs requires the public, academic and private sectors to jointly invest efforts and funds in order to guarantee the sustainability of the program and eliminate inefficiencies and work duplication.
  • The simplicity, flexibility and capacity to adapt to local needs: SBDCs have the capacity to adapt their services according to the economic and social needs of the context in which they are located, offering services that are relevant to the SME sector served.
  • The positive return on investment: The SBDC program generates a positive return on investment, contributing revenues that are greater than the cost of the program, benefiting all stakeholders and justifying its continuity.