About the SBDC

Who We Are

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 top 25 counties of the Texas Panhandle. Our sister centers in Abilene, Granbury, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, 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.

Meet the Team

Enrique Romero

Enrique Romero

Regional Director

Enrique Romero

Regional Director
Enrique Romero

B.B.A. Marketing & Management, International Business and Accounting

Drawing from his diverse banking and entrepreneurial background, Enrique skillfully mentors both up-and-coming start-ups and seasoned business owners.

Email: romero_e@utpb.edu
Phone: 432-552-2455
Larissa A. Minjarez

Larissa A. Minjarez

Spanish Business Consultant

Larissa A. Minjarez

Spanish Business Consultant
Larissa A. Minjarez

B.B.A. Marketing

With a diverse background in marketing, HR, O&G, insurance, banking, and financial services, Larissa provides a little bit of everything to our clients. After-hours, she is pursuing her Master's degree and enjoys the outdoors as well as a good read.

Email: minjarez_l@utpb.edu
Phone: 432-552-2455
Emily Weinberg

Emily Weinberg

Assistant Regional Director

Emily Weinberg

Assistant Regional Director
Emily Weinberg

M.A. Special Education-Emotional Behavioral Disorders
B.A. English Lit

After making a lot of dough as a pizzeria owner, Emily now favors tossing around ideas with budding entrepreneurs. Although she could talk Quickbooks 24/7, Emily also integrates running, doing yoga, life coaching and reading into her schedule.

Email: weinberg_e@utpb.edu
Phone: 432-552-2455
Kukina Hernandez

Kukina Hernandez

Program Coordinator

Kukina Hernandez

Program Coordinator
Kukina Hernandez

DELE Diploma of Spanish - New Mexico University.
English-Spanish Translator
Microsoft Application Certified Specialist – Ed2go Odessa College

She educates clients about the SBDC’s services during their crucial first contact with our office.

Email: hernandez_k@utpb.edu
Phone: 432-552-2455

UTPB SBDC Lauded for Job, Business Creation

Three years ago sba-awardthe University of Texas of the Permian Basin Small Business Development Center helped Gilbert and Rosie Ramirez start a business. New to business ownership, the Ramirezes were guided by the team at UTPB SBDC to launch Epic Collision Services. This thriving new business has since grown so rapidly that they have increased from 5 staff members to 19 employees.

As a result of success stories like this one, the Midland office of the SBDC was awarded the 2016 Excellence and Innovation Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).