Small Business Workshops

The Collin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offered no-cost seminars in January and February to help businesses better compete, advance, recover, elevate, and succeed. To view recorded seminars, visit the SBDC website.


Past Events

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Watch the recording [video above] from the special small business workshop: "From the Garage to the Storefront". Also - you can download the presentation slides here: Yeah, I'm Ready For A Storefront! and From The Garage To The Storefront.  In this presentation you will learn: 

  • What you should do before you visit with a lender 
  • Specific information about the SBA 504 loan program
  • Details about the FREE one-on-one strategic business consulting offered by the Collin Small Business Development Center
  • Marketing Strategy

About Steve Shalosky:

Steve Shalosky has been a Business Advisor with the Collin SBDC since August 2016. Prior to coming to Collin College, Steve was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Steve also has over 12 years of corporate marketing experience at Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Dell, Abbott Laboratories and Dial (Henkel). While he can advise on all small business subjects, his specific expertise is in US brand marketing strategy, consumer products and retail marketing strategy and tactical development. He holds an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

About the Collin SBDC:

The Collin Small Business Development Center, located in Plano, TX, is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Collin College. Through this partnership, one-on-one, strategic business consulting is provided at no cost to businesses and residents of Collin and Rockwall Counties. Low and no fee workshops and seminars are scheduled on topics that are essential to business success, and clients may request market, financial and industry research through IBISWorld, BizMiner and Reference USA databases.

About Chuck Vanderbilt:

Regional Lending Manager Chuck Vanderbilt is responsible for directing, planning and coordinating financial and other administrative and support services for the East Texas Regional Development Company (ETRDC) small business loan programs and the Community Loan Center (CLC) consumer micro-loan program, serving the ETRDC and CLC Boards and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws, regulations, and policies.

Vanderbilt brings with him eight years of experience in business ownership, management, advising, and lending. Prior to accepting the Regional Lending Manager position with the ETRDC, Vanderbilt most recently served as Interim Director for the Small Business Development Center in Longview, TX. Vanderbilt works with entrepreneurs and community stakeholders across the state of Texas to help spur economic development by providing access to capital so that businesses can launch, grow and positively impact their local communities.

About ETRDC:

The East Texas Regional Development Company or ETRDC is a private, non-profit, organization formed for the purpose of assisting small businesses. The ETRDC has helped many Texas business owners achieve long term financing for all of their business needs.

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National Small Business Week Livestream With Google
On May 2nd, we're teaming up with Google, to invite you to a free workshop to show you how to grow your business online.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
11AM - 12PM CST
Location: Fate City Hall, 1900 CD Boren Parkway, Fate TX 75087

Cost:  FREE

You can help us celebrate mom-and-pops and corner shops across the country by attending this free livestream. There are billions of local searches happening on Google every day. Together we will tune a Google livestream event to learn how to get in front of customers in your area. We'll discuss consumer trends related to local searches, and share best practices for using Google. Bring your computer and get ready to learn.