Friday AM August 14th, 2009

The UH Small Business Development Center provides free consultation for business owners about strategies, attracting customers, increasing sales and other business topics.ξ Jacqueline Taylor, associate regional director for the center, says two more "Fusion Fridays" are planned, including an event this morning.

"And these are breakfast events from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., here at our Houston office on Fannin Street in midtown Houston.ξ We're callin it 'Fusion Fridays' because we're saying it's a fusion of fun and food and networking and business.ξ They'll have an opportunity to meet our staff, some of the instructors for the workshops and seminars that we offer, get a free breakfast and just find out what is is that we can do here at the SBDC to help entrepresenuers and small business owners."

The SBDC Network offers affordable training seminars on marketing, finance, management, computers and taxes.ξ Consultants are from the world of business, with expertise in marketing, finance, retail and management.

"We are not academics here.ξ The people that work at the SBDC, the consultants that we have on staff, the instructors that we use for our training programs, are all business people that have practical experience in owning their own businesses or working as bankers or working in that business world, and they can help other people to do things the right way.ξ You know, one of the things that we hear way too often is that we're the best-kept secret in Houston.ξ And we sure don't want to be that!"

The UH Small Business Development Center serves 32 counties through 14 consulting and training centers, and its services are available at low-cost or no cost because of support by funding partners.ξ Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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