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We are a government agency with a mission to help small businesses succeed. Because we receive funding from the federal government and State of Texas, we are able to offer free and low-cost services to our clients. Services include business plan assistance, financial projections, tax information, marketing plans, seminars and workshops, feasibility studies, and research services.
Our office is one of six in the Northwest Texas SBDC Region and we assist clients in the 16 counties of West Texas’ Permian Basin. Our sister centers in Abilene, Amarillo, Granbury, Lubbock, and Wichita Falls serve clients throughout the rest of West Texas. Not located in West Texas? No problem! There are over 1,000 SBDC across the nation with one assigned to every area of the U.S. Search online to locate the SBDC nearest you.
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Why are we FREE?
We are part of University of Texas Permian Basin and are affiliated with the Northwest Texas SBDC Region. We receive our financial support from UTPB, the United States Small Business Administration, the State of Texas and other sources.
Consulting services are always offered free of charge and our consultants are prepared to provide small business help for many aspects of your business from advertising to exporting to financing.
Seminars and specialized services are offered at low-cost to attendees and clients and are a great resource for networking with other business owners while brushing up on skills like marketing, copywriting, and human resources.
Where do I get a tax number?
There is more than one kind of tax number so the first thing is to identify what you need one for. You will need a Federal EIN (employer I.D. number) if you will have employees, a business partner other than your spouse, and possibly also to open a business bank account. You can obtain an EIN number at irs.gov. You will need a Texas Sales & Use Tax Permit if you are required to collect sales tax on your products and/or services. That application is completed through the Texas Comptroller’s website at window.state.tx.us/taxpermit.
Am I required to collect sales tax?
In Texas, most products are taxable and some services are taxable. A search of the State Tax Automated Research (STAR) database will help you determine the answer for your business. If you’re unable to locate the answer to your specific question, the Comptroller can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What legal structure am I required to use?
You’re free to choose from any legal structure you like. The most popular in Texas are sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs).