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SBDC earns accolades after serving 270 clients in 2015

SBDC helped start 12 new businesses and 74 new jobs

May 11, 2016

John Tatum, SBDC senior business advisorThe Blinn College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently received accolades from the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network, showing once again why it is one of the region’s most respected and successful SBDC programs.

The Blinn SBDC was recognized for posting the highest return ratio in the network’s annual economic impact survey. John Tatum, SBDC senior business advisor, earned the High Impact Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of all network consultants in terms of job production. Tatum has been a consultant for the Blinn SBDC for 18 years.

“He has seen it all,” said Matthew Wehring, Blinn SBDC director. “He knows the best strategies to help these businesses, he’s a very smart, analytical guy, and he cares about the businesses. He wants to see them succeed.”

Carol Doersom, client coordinator and marketing specialist, was congratulated on her recent retirement and thanked for her 12 years of service to the SBDC.

In 2015, the Blinn College SBDC helped 270 clients start 12 new businesses, create 74 new jobs and obtain over $1.4 million in business loans.

"Not only did our consultants help us with feasibility, projections and financing, but they continue to provide marketing help and education,” said Robyn Wall, owner of ProServe Automotive in Brenham.

Across the country, SBDCs advise clients and guide them through the start and growth of their business, assisting in business plan development, accessing capital and identifying market opportunities. There are nearly 1,000 SBDC locations in the United States that combine to serve more than one million small businesses each year.

The SBDC at Blinn College is a business consulting and training center that is part of the Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network, which serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas. The center provides free one-on-one consulting and low-cost training seminars.

To discover how the Blinn SBDC can help your small business, call 979-830-4137 or visit