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I want to start a business!

Have you dreamed of owning and operating your own business but don’t know where to start?  Do you have questions on how to turn your dream into a reality?  The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center can help answer key questions – the questions that every entrepreneur needs to ask before starting a new venture. 

Some of the services we provide to help you get started include:

  • Workshops & seminars for entrepreneurs on start-up, marketing, business plans, software applications, and more 
  • Access to UH SBDC Network Business Reference Library for industry and market research
  • Help with finding funding solutions
  • Help with business loan packaging – eligibility, understanding the process and proposal preparation assistance
  • Help buying an existing business or franchise
  • Free, confidential and individualized one-on-one consulting  

Before You Start – assess your entrepreneurial readiness. 

Owning, operating and growing a successful business is challenging.  Before you get started you need to assess your motives, your strengths and your weaknesses.  You also need to take a hard look at your personal, managerial, technical and financial qualifications.  Do you have other streams of income to help out until your business become profitable?  Have your prepared your family for the time investment it requires to get a business up and running?  Do you have the stamina it takes during the first stages of start up?

 The First Step – find out if you have what it takes. 

Now, before you invest your time and your money,click here to view our Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business? FREE, online streaming video.  You will learn a solid Six Point Process for starting a business.  You’ll learn the importance of proper planning and how to avoid common pitfalls.  Viewing the video will take about 45 minutes.  

Also take our other business start-up workshops covering topics that include market research and marketing concepts, forecasting, business structure, and business plan development.

  • Click here to view all of the upcoming Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center workshops and seminars offered for free or at low-cost.

The Next Step – take advantage of our free, confidential consulting.   

Once you’ve taken our recommended workshops on getting started and have at least a good draft of a solid business plan, it’s time to take advantage of our free, confidential consulting services.  Call us at (409) 984-6531 to request an appointment with a consultant to discuss your new business venture.