SCORE Chapter of the Year
Jim Lewis, Chair
SCORE Chapter 120
SBDC of the Year
Russell Wyrick, Director
Best Southwest SBDC
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Honor Courage Committment (HCC)
Women in Business Champion of the Year
Cathy W. Dougherty
Doughtery Sprague Environmental, Inc.
Financial Services Champion of the Year
James C. Kahler
First United Bank
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
(Also Regional Winner)
Consumer & Market Insights
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Bobbie & Robbie Shoults
Bear Creek Smokehouse
8(a) Graduate of the Year
Alvaro Nunez, Jr.
Benco Construction Services
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Dr. Kevi Le & Tom Le
Luraco Technologies, Inc.
Small Business Person of the Year
John R. Ahearn
Overhead Door Company
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is currently the largest management assistance program serving the business sector in the United States. Implementation of the program, upon completion of the annual Cooperative Agreement, rests within each SBDC State or Region Director and the sponsoring organization.
An SBDC conducts research, counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses, providing comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. Each SBDC encourages unique local efforts to meet small business needs in its area. SBDCs develop and maintain partnerships among community organizations and agencies: local, state and federal, to provide a focal point for broad networks of public and private resources at the community level. SBDC partnership programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in each state.
It is the philosophical approach of the SBDC to guide and train the client in the areas of assistance required, rather than doing the work for them. Any present or prospective business owner is eligible for SBDC management and technical advising at no charge.
The North Texas Small Business Development Center (NTSBDC) network serves the needs of established and startup small businesses in northeast and north central Texas. It is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Dallas County Community College District. The regional office is located in the Bill J. Priest Institute of El Centro Community College, just south of downtown Dallas.
To be the recognized leader for small business assistance in the North Texas region.
The NTSBDC promotes small business success by providing management education. We assist small businesses in creating jobs and economic growth by utilizing the elements of quality business advising and training, community involvement and the leveraging of resources.