The Small Business Development Center at Troy University provides consulting with
trusted advisors to level the playing field and empower your business. Our business
advisors have advanced degrees and varied backgrounds with years of practical experience.
Our advisors can help new entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas by giving honest,
forthright advice. Business advising can also ensure existing businesses remain competitive
in today’s dynamic, global marketplace.
A Troy SBDC business advisor can assist in the following areas:
- Developing Business Plans and Loan Proposals
- Creating Marketing Strategies
- Identifying Funding Sources
- Marketing to the Government
- Starting a Business
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One-on-one advising services with SBDC business advisors are always completely confidential
and provided at no cost. We are available to address any questions or concerns you
may have about our services! Please feel free to email our Center directly.
The Troy University SBDC offers affordable training seminars on business topics including
business planning, marketing, finance, management, taxes, and government contracting.
Our training seminars are designed to help broaden your business knowledge, no matter
if you are a new business owner or have been in business for years.
For individuals who are just starting a business or those existing business owners
who are looking to strengthen their knowledge base, one of our most popular programs
is the NxLeveL Business Planning Series. NxLeveL is a series of ten, three-hour sessions
where participants gain a clear understanding of the financial, managerial, and technical
requirements of starting and operating a business. The motto of NxLeveL is “learn
it today, use it tomorrow”. During the ten-session/ten-week series, participants explore
and evaluate the feasibility of their ideas, learn common pitfalls to avoid, and discover
ways to increase their probability of success.
The first step in determining financing needs should be to prepare a business plan
with a complete set of financial projections including a balance sheet, income statement,
and cash flow statement. With a properly completed business plan, you will have identified
your funding needs. Banks will lend to some business start-ups if they are satisfied
with your business plan, your level of equity investment, the collateral you have
to pledge to the loan, and your credit history and experience.
If you do not have sufficient collateral to borrow from a bank, the SBA might have
a loan program that would fit your need.
The most popular program for small businesses is the 7(a) program.
7(a) loans are the most basic and most used type loan of SBA’s business loan programs.
Its name comes from section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, which authorizes the Agency
to provide business loans to American small businesses.
All 7(a) loans are provided by lenders who are called participants because they participate
with SBA in the 7(a) program. Not all lenders choose to participate, but most American
banks do. There are also some non-bank lenders who participate with SBA in the 7 (a)
program which expands the availability of lenders making loans under SBA guidelines.
7(a) loans are only available on a guaranty basis. This means they are provided by
lenders who choose to structure their own loans by SBA’s requirements and who apply
and receive a guaranty from SBA on a portion of their loan. The SBA does not fully
guaranty 7(a) loans. The lender and SBA share the risk that a borrower will not be
able to repay the loan in full. The guaranty is a guaranty against payment default.
It does not cover imprudent decisions by the lender or misrepresentation by the borrower.
Under the guaranty concept, commercial lenders make and administer the loans.
SBA is now working with selected commercial lenders to provide unsecured loans for
startup and to established businesses. Under this program collateral is not required.
Grant monies are usually not available for new venture businesses, with a few exceptions
of high technology businesses.
You may find grant information at your local library, the Federal Award and Contract website or the SBA website.
"A partnership program with U.S. Small Business Administration".
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for
persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Director, Lead Business Advisor: Juliana Bolivar