College Station and the surrounding community provide a variety of resources to grow and sustain success in small business operations. Below are just some of the services offered in the Brazos Valley.
Research Valley Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Centers provide free business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. Consultants are available to help businesses develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability.
Brazos Valley Financial Fitness Center
With help from volunteer financial professionals, individuals and families are taught how to develop healthy financial habits, build or increase savings, acquire assets, and plan for the future.
Brazos Valley Community Loan Center
The CLC was created to provide a sustainable alternative to high-cost, short-term consumer loans offered by private lenders. Under a grant from JPMorgan Chase, personal loans of up to $1,000 are offered to the employees of participating businesses.
Research Valley Innovation Center RVIC
The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation formed by The Research Valley Partnership, Inc. (RVP) for the advancement of science, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. The RVIC works in collaboration with Texas A&M University System components headquartered in Brazos County, Texas, the Bryan-College Station community, and private industry.
Skills for Small Business
Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), up to $2 million is dedicated to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees for training offered through either a local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. TWC manages the college application process to fund specific courses selected by the businesses to train new workers and upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.
Startup Aggieland is a student-designed business incubator, accelerator and co-working space. We help qualified student-owned startups leverage Texas A&M University resources and private support without relinquishing equity ownership in their companies.
Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center
Hosted at TEEX, TMAC offers manufacturers extensive opportunities to advance business profitability in skills training, business process analysis and practices to boost productivity, regulation-required training, supply chain development and strengthening, and product innovation.
Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley
Brazos Valley businesses are eligible to receive a variety of specialized services including: job posting databases; skills matching assistance for employees; skill level evaluation for job seekers; labor market information for employers; tax credit application assistance; job fairs; and post-layoff rapid response services.