About the UTRGV SBDC

Mission Statement

The UTRGV SBDC seeks to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and improved management skills for small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley through quality advisement and business training.

About the UTRGV SBDC

“Making Dreams Come True, One Business at a Time!”

For over 30 years, the UTRGV Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has provided and continues to offer quality, business advisement and training to existing and prospective business owners in the Rio Grande Valley.

Through its certified and professional business advisors, theCenter provides a wide array of management and technical assistance to business owners to strengthen business performance and sustainability.

Business advisors evaluate an existing business's operations or a startup company's business plan with fresh, yet experienced eyes. They works closely with clients to develop these plans and loan proposals. Advisors guide existing and start-up business owners through the business plan process and assist them in compiling the necessary information and documents.

The UTRGV SBDC does not charge for advisement services.

Throughout the year, the UTRGV SBDC also provides relevant, business training. It holds numerous seminars on an incredible array of topics, ranging from existing and pre-venture business planning to marketing, financing, compliance, and management, among other topics. These seminars are designed for existing and new small business owners to acquire the information that they need to make their business more successful.

UTRGV SBDC seminars are free or reasonably priced.


The UTRGV SBDC is a funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), and in partnership with public and private partners throughout Deep South Texas.

It is a field center of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and accredited by America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Within UTRGV, the program is a part of the Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development under the Division of Governmental & Community Relations.