Available Classes Offered by Collin SBDC

Collin SBDC classes are now online for your convenience. Please click on the links below to get information.

If you need additional assistance, please email us at SBDC@collin.edu or complete our Request for Assistance Form.  We are open and here to help!

Click this link to register for classes Calendar

How to Fund Your Small Business: Funding

This class is a comprehensive overview of the different funding options available for your small business and the qualifications for each. This class will cover:

  • Sources of funding
  • Lender requirements
  • Other funding considerations

How to Start a Small Business:  Starting

It’s back to basics! If you want to start a business but don’t know where to begin, then this class is for you. This class will address many of the questions you should ask yourself before beginning the process of starting a new business.

  • Why start a small business?
  • What are your goals?
  • What are your strengths?
  • How do you work?

The workshop will also cover the process of starting the business and:

  • Analyze feasibility of your idea
  • Prepare a business plan
  • Determine the best operations management system
  • Find sources of capital
  • Create competitive analysis

IRS Small Business Tax Workshop

Do you know your small business tax responsibilities? This workshop is designed as an awareness seminar to inform business owners of their tax obligations. Tax information for each of the small business structures is provided along with a review of independent contractors versus employees, and an introduction to tax forms required from a small business.

Employees vs Independent Contractors: What You Need to Know 

Wondering whether you should have employees or independent contractors? How much and how often should you pay your employees? How do you protect your business assets?

This class will address:

  • Hiring and firing practices
  • Independent contractor vs. employee
  • Paying employees – salaried vs. hourly
  • Confidentiality and non-competes
  • Employee handbooks
  • Policies on technology use
  • Succession planning

Legal Aspects of Starting a Business:

Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the different types of entities you could form for your business and wondering which type will be best? This class will address:

  • How to effectively work with your attorney (and save $$$ doing it)
  • Choice of entity & documents required
  • Minimizing liability
  • Assumed names (Doing Business As:  DBA)
  • Financing the business – loans, angels & VC’s
  • Intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets & patents

Government Contracting

This is an orientation to government contracting at the federal, state and local level. Our experts help remove the intimidation factor, confusion and complexity and show you how to succeed in government contracting. Orientation topics include:

  • Government bid process
  • Determining right point of entry
  • Benefits of minority certification
  • Covers all government entities from city to federal
  • Individualized follow-up counseling is available to attendees at no charge

SBA Small Business Certifications

The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year. Before you can begin doing business with the government your business must obtain the proper certifications. Federal, state and local governments offer businesses opportunities to sell billions of dollars’ worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurement’s be set aside for small businesses. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts.

This workshop will cover the basic certifications required to do business at the federal level. This two hour workshop will provide an overview and eligibility criteria for the following certifications: Small Business Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)/Economic Disadvantage Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)/Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) Small Disadvantage Business/8(a) Business Development Historically Underutilized Enterprise.



To request accommodations or language assistance, please contact Sara Yaeger, 4800 Preston Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093, 972-985-3770, SYaeger@collin.edu.

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4800 Preston Park Blvd.
Suite 425
Plano, TX 75093

(972) 985-3770

The Collin SBDC at Collin College is a member of the North Texas SBDC Network. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Hosted by Dallas College and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.