The Small Business Development Center is an amazing place for those who are thinking of starting a business. They provide free counseling and business plan evaluation for up to five visits. They are a huge ally for small businesses and provide amazing help and resources. We got our banker, lender, clientele and overall encouragement and support from them.
Today I found out that our business counselors are on furlough until Mid July; a combination of budget cuts and the legislature cutting the overall funding by 48%. Luckily, they are both very entreprenurially minded and are starting a new business venture instead. But it made me really sad for all those potential people out there that could really use their help!
I'm sure that the SBDC will still be a valuable resource in the future. They'll just be working at a deficit for a while. Even if my counselors aren't there anymore, at least I have their inspirational quotes:
“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.” —Woody Allen
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” —Benjamin Franklin
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” —Sun Tzu
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson