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I want to start a business!

I want to start a business!



Have you dreamed of owning and operating your own business but don’t know where to start?  Do you have questions on how to turn your dream into a reality?  The University of Houston Fort Bend County Small Business Development Center can help answer key questions – the questions that every entrepreneur needs to ask before starting a new venture.

Some of the services we provide to help you get started include:

  • Workshops & seminars for entrepreneurs on start-up, marketing, business plans, software applications, and more
  • Business reference library for industry and market research
  • Funding solutions
  • Business loan packaging – eligibility, understanding the process and proposal preparation assistance
  • Help buying an existing business or franchise
  • Access to professional service providers such as attorneys and CPAs
  • Free, confidential and individualized one-on-one consulting  

Before You Start – assess your entrepreneurial readiness. 

Owning, operating and growing a successful business is challenging.  Before you get started you need to assess your motives, your strengths and your weaknesses.  You also need to take a hard look at your personal, managerial, technical and financial qualifications.  To see if you’re prepared, please take our Business Readiness Assessment. 

The First Step – find out if you have what it takes. 

Now, before you invest your time and your money,click here to view our Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business? FREE, online streaming video.  You will learn a solid Six Point Process for starting a business.  You’ll learn the importance of proper planning and how to avoid common pitfalls.  Viewing the video will take about 45 minutes.

Also take our other business start-up workshops covering topics that include market research and marketing concepts, forecasting, business structure, and business plan development.

  • Click here to view all of the upcoming University of Houston Fort Bend County Small Business Development Center workshops and seminars offered for free or at low-cost.
  • Click here to view all available online workshops and seminars.

The Next Step – take advantage of our free, confidential consulting.   

Once you’ve taken our recommended workshops on getting started and have at least a good draft of a solid business plan, it’s time to take advantage of our free, confidential consulting services.  Click here  to request an appointment with a consultant to discuss your new business venture.  A consultant will contact you within 3-5 business days.

Find Your Local Small Business Development Center in the SBDC Network

For the nearest Small Business Development Center Network location, click here.




Marco Ruiz

Marco R. Ruiz joined the University of Houston’s Ft. Bend Small Business Development Center in February of 2008 with the sole purpose to promote economic development in the Rosenberg-Richmond and surrounding areas of Fort Bend County area through community involvement, assisting existing business and aspiring entrepreneurs in the areas including but not limited to marketing, cash flow management and business development.

With 14 years progressive experience in the Capital and Equity Markets, Mr. Ruiz has managed client relationships with small businesses, municipalities and school districts. This experience has allowed him to provide many of his past and current clients a comprehensive understanding of the business cycles which ranges from operational, management and a marketing aspect. Lastly, Mr. Ruiz holds a Bachelorette of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from our Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.


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