Small Business Development
Since conception, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has been a small business advocate. We provide support to local business owners through various outlets such as providing free small business advising, allocating marketing and advertising dollars for small businesses and serving as members of both local Chambers of Commerce.
Starting and operating a small business is a big decision with a lot of risk. However, the SEDC is standing by to make that leap a little less daunting. The SEDC has developed a Small Business Resource Guide that highlights low and no cost resources to assist small businesses. Click on the button below to access the SEDC Small Business Resource Guide.
In addition, the SEDC provides financial support to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA), to provide business owners with free, confidential business advising right here in Seguin. Through the SBDC, we also are able to provide small businesses access to valuable research resources, small business development workshops and a professional referral network.
If you own a small business and you have questions regarding future business plans, or how to meet the most efficient outcome on a project you are planning, give us a call - we are here to help!
The SEDC maintains a strong social media presence in order to spread the word and inform citizens about what’s happening in Seguin’s vibrant business community. Visit the Shop Seguin Facebook page, it's dedicated to a shop local campaign effort encouraging patrons to shop small businesses in Seguin, TX. We encourage you to tag Shop Seguin and the Seguin Economic Development page to spread the news about your businesses promotions, events, and services. We invite you to connect with us across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-In.
While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component and major contributor to the strength of our local economy for numerous reasons. Local business owner's support local events, the business community, teams/organizations and make up the heart of Seguin's community. Seguin's small businesses continue to be a prominent source of driving growth and innovation into our community.
Many of our local small businesses have historically proven to possess the ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. With national major manufacturers and national retail chains continuing to enter our local market, Seguin’s small businesses have maintained their competitive advantage by offering more personalized services and customizing their products or services to meet local customer's needs. And for that, we are thrilled they have chosen Seguin, Texas to call home and thrive in.
UTSA Small Business Development Center/SPARK Small Business Center
The SEDC provides annual financial support to the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide small business owners with free, confidential business advising right here in Seguin. Entrepreneurs have access to professional and confidential business advising, a variet of quality training programs, and an extensive referral network at the Small Business Development Center. With the addition of business advisors who live and work in Guadalupe and Comal Counties, success is just around the corner! Benefits of working with the UTSA SBDC in Seguin include:
- No-cost, one-on-one, confidential business advising
- Cost friendly workshops designed for small businesses
- Professional referral network
- Access to research resources
- Lifelong business partners
Larry New is the project manager at the UTSA Small Business Development Center Satellite Office in New Braunfels. He assists aspiring and established small business owners in New Braunfels Seguin and surrounding communities.
Prior to joining the SBDC in 2015, Larry owned and operated a small business for 20 years. He has also been an airline pilot, a Marine Corps Officer, a fighter pilot and instructor and a director of safety and standardization. Larry earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management from the University of Texas at Austin.
Larry enjoys dancing to Two Tons of Steel at Gruene Hall with his lovely wife and enjoys traveling with his family. Another one of his loves is flying his Van’s RV7 experimental airplane that he built in his spare time.
UTSA Small Business Development Center in Seguin
- Where: 211 N. River Street, Seguin, TX 78155 (City Hall Annex)
- When: Every Tuesday & Thursday
- Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Schedule an Appointment: Call 830-214-6435 or Email Brandi Randle: firstname.lastname@example.org