About the SBDC

Who We Are

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.  Our focus on the critical needs of businesses drives its direction and performance expectations.

We are part of America’s SBDC national network comprised of over 1000 Centers across the U.S.  Our office is one of six in the Northwest Texas SBDC Region and we assist clients in the top 25 counties of the Texas Panhandle. Our sister centers in Abilene, Granbury, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Wichita Falls serve clients throughout the rest of West Texas.  Together, we strive to create a positive foundation for the development of emerging businesses in the region.


What We Do

We help people start and run businesses, and we do this in a lot of ways. We like to sit down with clients, or prospective business owners, and engage in one-on-one consulting sessions. Training, business plan writing, market research, and help with securing a loan are among the key services we provide. Aside from providing legal counsel and doing your taxes, there’s hardly anything we can’t do to help your business.


How We Work With You

We work with you to develop a plan for your business; helping you to move from conception to implementation to sustainability. Our consultants provide professional business consulting, training, and research in all areas of business management and finance.  We assist you with identifying sources of funding for business expansion and help you complete

Throughout the region, the SBDC can advise on a variety of crucial startup topics including:

  • SWOT analysis
  • Small business funding
  • Business plan
  • Market and industry research
  • Business legal structure
  • Franchising
  • Buy/sell a business

The SBDC is your one-stop, small business resource. We house all the SBDC Network specialty programs in one location. In addition to the above services we also provide you with access to Engineering, Contracting, Export, and Business Research services.

If you want to take advantage of our free consulting services please click on the button below to begin registration as a client or call us at 806.745.1637 for more information.

Meet the Team

Dr. Adrien L. Bennings

Dr. Adrien L. Bennings

Regional Director

Dr. Adrien L. Bennings

Regional Director
Dr. Adrien L. Bennings

Dr. Bennings oversees operations and manages outreach activities throughout the region. She is a former professional track and field long jumper, with a personal best of 22’6”.

Email: adrien.bennings@ttusbdc.org
Phone: (806) 745-1637
Ray Laurent

Ray Laurent

Associate Regional Director

Ray Laurent

Associate Regional Director
Ray Laurent

He specializes in business plan development, financial projections and has worked with various industries throughout the region. He takes 2 weeks off every 4 years during the (Soccer) Football World Cup, and is addicted to coffee.

Email: ray.laurent@ttusbdc.org
Phone: (806) 745-1637
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Dexter Sykes

Dexter Sykes

Sr. Business Consultant

Dexter Sykes

Sr. Business Consultant
Dexter Sykes

Dexter works primarily with start-up businesses. He specializes in export strategies and market research and analysis. He is Vice Chair of the West Texas District Export Council and is a fan of all things Texas Tech.

Email: dexter.sykes@ttusbdc.org
Phone: (806) 745-1637
Kristen Phan

Kristen Phan

Business Consultant

Kristen Phan

Business Consultant
Kristen Phan

Kristen has a passion for business strategizing with concentration on operational efficiency and sustainable growth. Her mission is to make consulting services more accessible to small businesses. Outside of work, Kristen is easily spotted on a spontaneous road trip with the window down, singing her heart out. The Beatles is her absolute favorite!

Email: kristin.phan@ttusbdc.org
Phone: (806) 745-1637