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


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

Providing customized business solutions to entrepreneurs across the region since 1987. The TTU SBDC serves as the point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment. We strive to create a positive foundation for the development of emerging businesses in the region.

The TTU SBDC provides services in three core areas:

1. Consulting: We offer, at no cost, one-to-one guidance on business issues ranging from business concept and startup, to business plan development, to operational issues, to managing cash flow and financing, to business expansion.
2. Training: We offer numerous workshops providing current and practical information on various business topics.
3. Research: Our research services provide insight into trends and unique factors tailored to meet the needs of our clients.

Economic Impact Since 2010

Capital Formation - $4,705,528
Jobs Created -238
Businesses Opened - 47
Clients Counseled - 422

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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


    SBA OPPORTUNITIES Looking for financing and need some answers? Then this workshop is for you! The following topics will be discussed by the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development center: *Information on SBA loans *What a bus...

    February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at TTU SBDC
  • ELPN presents START YOUR OWN BUSINESS 4 part series

    The East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Association and the TTU Small Business Development Center presents the START YOUR OWN BUSINESS 4 part workshop series to be held at the Patterson Library, 1836 Parkway Drive, Lubbock from 6-9pm. The workshop topi...

    February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Patterson Library

    INTRODUCTION TO QUICKBOOKS® Level:  Introductory This training details the features in the all-new QuickBooks® Online. It is fast and easy to set up. Can be customized to fit your business needs. In this workshop you will learn: The Basics Navigat...

    March 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at TTU SBDC

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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 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

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

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!