Ready to start your own business? Great! Before taking on a new client whose business has been in operation for six months or less, we require attendance at one of our Introduction to Business Ownership classes. Read More



Do you currently own a business? Whether your business has been open for decades or just a few months, our consultants provide one-on-one assistance in a number of areas to help your business reach its potential. Read More

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Want to learn more about starting or operating your business successfully? SBDC offers both in-person and online training. Attend training sessions that will prepare you to tackle your real world tasks head-on!

About Us

The Abilene center has enjoyed a long history of assisting business owners in starting and expanding businesses. The SBDC center is located in Abilene; however, the service area extends to the 16 counties surrounding Abilene.

The SBDC center provides all consulting services at no cost to the client with a rare minimum fee for certain seminars if workbooks are required. These services are for you the current business owner and the aspiring entrepreneur. We value our client’s comments to help us deliver the quality service you would expect. The SBDC is allowed to provide the no fee consulting, training and research services due to the financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) and the Comptroller’s office via Texas Tech University. These organizations value our services and invest in us with trust and expectations that we will provide you with the assistance you require in starting and running successful businesses. Our goal is to assist in the continuation of the building of great communities.

The center offers research for pertinent information that will assist the established business owner in making informed decisions for the company’s future. The center also offers training courses through seminars provided by an experienced counselor or offerings from individuals with expertise in their respective fields.

Economic Impact Since 2010

Capital Formation - $5,000,000 - 6,000,000
Jobs Created -200-250 per year

Starting Your Business

Why are we FREE?

We are part of Texas Tech University and are affiliated with the Northwest Texas SBDC Region. We receive our financial support from TTU, the United States Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and other sources.

Consulting services are always offered free of charge and our consultants are prepared to provide small business help for many aspects of your business from advertising to exporting to financing.

Seminars and specialized services are offered at low-cost to attendees and clients and are a great resource for networking with other business owners while brushing up on skills like marketing, copywriting, and human resources.

Upcoming Events

  • Texas State Comptroller

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    Workshop will be held at the Texas Tech SBDC Abilene, Training Room. 749 Gateway Street, Ste. #301 Building C Abilene, Texas 79602 Seating is Limited so call today to reserve a space 325.670.0300...

    June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at SBDC Abilene Conference Room

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Where do I get a tax number?

There is more than one kind of tax number so the first thing is to identify what you need one for. You will need a Federal EIN (employer I.D. number) if you will have employees, a business partner other than your spouse, and possibly also to open a business bank account. You can obtain an EIN number at irs.gov. You will need a Texas Sales & Use Tax Permit if you are required to collect sales tax on your products and/or services. That application is completed through the Texas Comptroller’s website at window.state.tx.us/taxpermit.

Am I required to collect sales tax?

In Texas, most products are taxable and some services are taxable. A search of the State Tax Automated Research (STAR) database will help you determine the answer for your business. If you’re unable to locate the answer to your specific question, the Comptroller can be emailed at tax.help@cpa.state.tx.us.

What legal structure am I required to use?

You’re free to choose from any legal structure you like. The most popular in Texas are sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs).


Whether you’re trying to grow your existing business or start a new business, there are many sources of information available to help you make the best decisions possible. The time and expense required to use these databases is cost-prohibitive to all but the largest of firms. So what’s a small business to do? The SBDC has access to some of the most sophisticated research databases available and best of all, the research is provided to SBDC clients FREE OF CHARGE!