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Small Business Centers

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    Texas community colleges will advocate for continued growth of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant program and the Skills Development program; both efforts are administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Texas community and technical colleges have helped more than 4,100 statewide employers train 329,000 employees since 1996 through TWC's Skills Development Fund grants. 

      We believe in being engaged in the discussion of new workforce development policies that are advanced through the state legislature as well as in working together with industry and TWC to meet the needs of Texas. 

      For every $1 invested in TX Small Business Development Centers, $5.38 in tax revenue is generated. Statewide, there are four SBDC lead offices; one is housed at the Dallas County Community College District. SBDC conducts research, and counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses. SBDC plays a pivotal role in driving the Texas economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state. We believe in keeping the Texas economy strong by funding SBDC.  

      LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME: Through higher education special items funding, the state appropriated $3,856,647 for the North Texas SBDC. The North Texas SBDC serves 49 counties through 12 offices and several satellite branches.