The rural business staff offers professional consultation and technical assistance for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business.
Rural Business Project consultants provide insight on the local business climate and feasibility of the proposed business idea or expansion.
Services include but are not limited to:
Business Plan Development
Consultants advise client on how to successfully put together a business package that can be used to get loans from funding agencies.
Clients are assisted in preparing cash flow statements, profit and loss statements, market projections and other documents needed to complete a financial plan.
Financial Assistance Documentation
Consultants provide additional documents to banks and other lenders when credit, collateral or other obstacles hinder loan approval.
Identifying Potential Markets
Provide marketing research to assist clients in making prudent decisions about how their products or services will be received in the marketplace.
Property Acquisition/Building Leases
Work with realtors, building owners/managers and others to secure a “win/win” situation for the client and the property owner for lease or purchase space.
Our business failure rate has consistently outperformed national and state failure statistics. Clients are encouraged to stay in touch and contact the program at the earliest sign of trouble or cash flow difficulty.
Government Contracts and Certifications
Rural Business Project consultants help clients who want to do government contracting to understand the steps needed to become certified to sell goods or services to state or federal agencies.
Non-Profit Business Consultation
Often newly formed organizations are not prepared to operate and require training on how to do so properly. Consultants advise organizations of the legal requirements, board responsibilities, and membership responsibilities of operating a non-profit business.
When requested, Rural Business consultants assist local government and community organizations with economic and marketing analysis studies and presentations, to help improve community and economic outcomes for rural areas.
State and Federal Grant assistance
Rural Business staff manages a database of private foundations located in the State of Texas. They search for State and Federal grant program availability as well as private foundation funding for non-profit organizations and local governments.
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