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Old 05-24-2011, 05:32 PM
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Few years ago I went to a Small Business Development Center Downtown with specific questions in mind:
- How to open a small business.
- What ownership form is more appropriate
- How does taxation system work for each of these forms
- etc.

Instead, I was brainwashed for an hour that I would need to attend some generic classes and be counseled by someone for a fee in order to help me to choose the business, learn how to market, etc. etc.

I felt like I am talking to losers, who know about small business by the books and have zero hands-on experience. I also felt that they are trying to shave a few bucks off of me by making me to attend their classes.

It does not make any sense.

If they are Government sponsored (based on taxes we pay) why I had zero offers get me a real help?

If you dealt with them, what is your experience? Are they of any use?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:27 PM
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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That is ****ty. I used the local one here when I needed a loan and he steered me to some good local contacts. Seminars and such are mostly a waste of time. If you do want some formal education I suggest the Masters in Entreprenuership from UH Victoria. The classes are online and you get all the basics of writing your business plan, how to do financial statements and find funding, etc..
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:57 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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You are probably not going to get the same personalized, in-depth advice there that you would if you hired an attorney or CPA, but I doubt that all their instructors are losers - that seems unduly harsh.

I attended some similar classes when I started a business in Seattle and I learned that I'd rather read info than listen to it.

The Small Business Development Center in Houston publishes this guide as a start:

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:54 AM
Location: Sugar Land
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Get a mentor...or pay one......

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