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Welcome to the Abilene Business Community!

These resources will help you with starting and growing your business. All businesses are encouraged to visit the SBDC - where you will receive one-on-one help for business plans, research, financing, strategic planning, and much more.

Start a Business

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Becoming more Productive

 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech provides free one-on-one help to people starting a new business. They can help you with determine the feasiability of your business idea, create a business plan, and find funding. Their services are free. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/
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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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Adopting an Attitude of You

 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech provides free one-on-one help to businesses looking to expand their business or improve its profitability. The SBDC can help you with identifying the best marketing strategies, understanding your financial situation, and expanding your business through social media. Their services are free. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/
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  • Business Tune-Up

  • SWOT

  • Customer Retention

Grow your Business

Manage your Business

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5 Minute Breathing Exercise with Music to lower stress

 

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  • Business Tune-Up

  • SWOT

  • Customer Retention

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Bring your A-Game to Work - soft skills

 

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas can help you find employees for your business at no cost. The Workforce Center can also help you get funding for training for new and existing employees. Call them at (325) 795-4200 or visit http://www.workforcesystem.org/27/Business-Solutions

Online courses (fee)

  • Business Tune-UP: HR

  • Create a Healthy Workplace

Hire Employees

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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Soft Skills

 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech provides low-cost business training. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit http://www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/train/training/

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  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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    • What's Your Footprint

      Calculate your Business' Carbon and Water Footprint

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Greening your Business

Financing/Managing Money

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QuickBooks Online 2017 Tutorial for Beginners

 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech can help you prepare your financial information so you can apply for a business loan. The SBDC can also provide information on sources of loans for your business. Their services are free. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit http://www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/
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  • Business Tune-Up

    Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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  • Scam Alert Center

    Report a SCAM
    Scams reported in our area: BBB Scam Tracker
    Small Business Scam research results from the BBB

    • Advance fee for business loan
    • Amazon fake merchants
    • Business coaching and promotion
    • Business website domain scam
    • Cashier's check fraud
    • Change your online reviews
    • Changing the contract
    • Check tampering
    • Check washing
    • Computer alert popup
    • Credit card equipment hijack
    • Credit repair scams
    • Customer provides override to declined credit card
    • Debt collection scams
    • Don't trust caller-id
    • Equipment leasing deposits
    • Equipment leasing evergreen clause
    • Fake email and fake website
    • Fake invoices
    • False refunds or voids
    • Google scam
    • Government employee demanding money or payment
    • Government grants for businesses
    • IRS - iTunes scam
    • Overpayment
    • Padding an expense account
    • Password update request
    • Peer lending scam
    • Placement in a directory
    • Potential investor (angel investor) for your business
    • Quoting an interest rate on a lease agreement
    • Request for employee W-2
    • Request to wire extra funds
    • Returning stolen items in exchange for a gift card
    • SBA assistance scam
    • Search engine optimization
    • Stop! Before you wire money
    • Told there is a complaint from BBB or that your bank account has been compromised
    • Trusted, like family - employee fraud
    • TTY pre-pay scam
    • Unordered merchandise
    • Urgent call
    • Utility being disconnected for non-payment
    • Valuation fraud from business broker

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Retirement Plan Options

 

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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    • Prevent Fraud

      Protect your Business from Fraud. It happens more than you think.

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Protect your Business

Government Requirements

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Legal Requirements for Small Businesses

 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech provides free one-on-one help to people starting a new business. They can help you with determine the feasiability of your business idea, create a business plan, and find funding. Their services are free. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/
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Online courses (fee)

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

      Email address

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Mentor-Protégé Program

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Your Assessment

  • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

  • New Ideas

  • Use of Technology

  • Threats to your Industry

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    Contracting Opportunities for Veterans

     

    The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Texas Tech provides free one-on-one help to veterans seeking to start a business. The SBDC can help you develop a business plan, find funding, work with you on government contracting, and more. Their services are free. Contact them at 325-670-0300 or visit www.ttusbdc.org/abilene/

    Online courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Agriculture

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    Interpreting Financial Statements and Measures in Agriculture

     

    Taylor County/Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service can help you with both production and the business part of your agribusiness. Their services are free. Call them at (325) 672-6048 or visit taylor.agrilife.org
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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Be an ArtWalk Vendor. Contact the Center for Contemporary Arts. Visit http://www.center-arts.com/artwalk or call 325 677 8389.

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Prevention Videos for the Construction Industry
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    QuickBooks for Construction Contractors

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

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  • Sell Globally

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    Doing Business in South Korea

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Online courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

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    Backing Accidents: Safety Video
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    Your Assessment

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    • New Ideas

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    • Threats to your Industry

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    Understanding Material Data Safety Sheets

     

    Develop Abilene and the Abilene Industrial Foundation assist manufacturing and industrial businesses in Abilene with site, labor, financing, and other needs. Learn more about them at http://developabilene.com/about/abilene-industrial-foundation or call them at (325) 673-7349.

     

    TMAC helps Texas manufacturers with lean manufacturing methods, improving quality, workforce development and more. TMAC serves the entire state. TMAC West Texas is part of Texas Tech in Lubbock. You can contact them at 1.800.625.4876 or by visiting http://www.improvedprocess.org/ They have moderate fees for their services.

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    Manufacturing Applications

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    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Manufacturing

    Oil and Gas

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    Your Assessment

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    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Restaurants/Tourism

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    Best practices for cleaning and disinfecting stainless steel commercial food equipment

     

    Get certified as an Abilene Champion! with Hospitality Training from the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find out more at http://www.abilenevisitors.com/Abilene-CHAMPions-Hospitality-Training
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    Secrets of the Caterer

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    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Markup Calculator 

    List Price Markdown Calculator 

    Layaway Calculator 

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    Courage to Coach - Retail
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    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Retail

    Selling to Government

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    Winning Government Contracts

     

    The Abilene Small Business Development Center provides government procurement services on behalf of the Procurement Assistance Center in Lubbock. You can find a list of their services at http://www.nwtpac.com/index.php/services/ Please contact the local SBDC at (325) 670-0300 for more information.

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address