Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Business Proudly serving Waller and Grimes Counties, Prairie View A&M University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a business consulting and training center and is part of the University of Houston Small Business Development Center Network, which serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas. The SBDC at Prairie View A&M University seeks to provide business counseling and training without regard to sex, race, color, gender, marital status, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or any other constitutionally or statutorily impermissible reasons. The Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and funded in part by Prairie View A&M University. Arrangements for the physically handicapped are available upon individual request. Call Brazos Transit at (800) 272-0039.

The Center for International Business Education

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) was created to enhance the College’s international business program. It provides quality education and assistance to businesses, the local community, faculty and students on international trade and global competitiveness. The CIBE works closely with the PVAMU Small Business Development Center in assisting the local economic development agencies in the preparation of grant proposals and providing assistance to the local governments in their efforts to attract foreign plants to the region.

The CIBE began operation in December 2004, after receiving the highly prestigious Business and International Education (BIE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (the grant was renewed in 2006). Since this time, the Center has employed students to assist local firms in identifying business opportunities in overseas markets, established a study abroad program for students through a partnership with the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico and offered student field trips and summer workshops for local high school teachers and the local business community to increase their awareness of international business opportunities.