Small Business Development Center
The Midwestern State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a sub-center assigned to the Northwest Texas Small Business (NWTSBDC) program. The (SBDC) program consists of over 1000 offices within the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii. The SBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The professional staff at the Midwestern State SBDC is highly trained and willing to provide quality service and assistance to business owners and potential entrepreneurs. Training is offered through the SBDC on a scheduled basis and by specific request.
Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
The first step that every business owner should take is to join their local Chamber of Commerce
Here in Wichita Falls, our Chamber strives to build a strong community through economic development and business support. Our number one goal is to ensure that every business in Wichita Falls is successful and experiencing growth. The Chamber hosts regularly scheduled networking events on a weekly, monthly and annual basis where business owners can get to know each other, share leads and generate innovative ideas together.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Better Business Bureau
- Setting standards for marketplace trust
- Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses
- Celebrating marketplace role models
- Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior
- Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities
BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities.
Our mission is to help prepare youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education, and entrepreneurship. The foremost objective is to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. We want to build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel youth to success they likely would not have pursued otherwise.
Why does the community support i.d.e.a.?
JOBS! i.d.e.a.WF is ALL about helping to launch new businesses that get the majority of their business from outside of the local area. As this new money flows into the area, these new businesses hire new employees (or use the services of existing businesses in our area, which then have to hire more employees themselves). And these new employees draw salaries, which are being paid with money coming from customers outside of the local area. These salaries grow the entire regional economy. Because of this, i.d.e.a. is a contest where everyone wins!