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Director's Welcome

My name is Joe Harper, the Director and team leader with the Small Business Development Center at Texas State University serving Austin and 12 central Texas counties. We are your key to business success from launching and sustainability, to growth and transition. Our team accesses the latest techniques, technology, and expertise to facilitate your success through technical assistance, training, and mentorship.
We are a proud member of a network of SBDCs servicing 79 counties in the South-West Texas Border, and of a larger national family of SBDCs representing 64 lead centers and 1100 field centers like ours hosted by Texas State University.
Though our primary focus is on executable and scalable businesses, we address the needs of all businesses either directly or through collaboration with our technical assistance partners such as the International Trade Center, University of San Antonio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), University of Houston Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), SBDCNet Research, the City of Austin's Small Business Program (SBDP), and SCORE.
We are ramping up to meet the needs of Austin’s emerging technology market. Technology and technology commercialization is a significant growth cluster, and we recognize technology driven business as the next generation of business for Central Texas.
Explore your opportunities and meet your challenges by connecting with us via email or by phone at 512.716.4800.
Lets grow the central Texas economy together!
“One business at a time”