About Us

Northwest Texas SBDC is a part of America’s SBDC’s nationwide network of nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

 

SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies, and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

America's SBDC at Midland-Odessa is hosted by the University of Texas Permian Basin to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can come to us for face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on a variety of topics. Learn more about how UTPB SBDC is helping local businesses start, grow and thrive.

Vision

To be a leading economic development organization by empowering entrepreneurs.

Mission

Provide consulting, training, and research to small businesses.

Values

Integrity

Kaizen

Accountability

Innovation

Teamwork

Meet the Team

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Tyler Patton is the Regional Director of the UTPB-Small Business Development Center.  Tyler is a professional executive with considerable experience in communication and marketing with a management platform that includes public relations, operations, advertising, sales, and marketing departments. His knowledge includes the inner workings of small businesses, cash flows, budgeting, and capital expenditures while providing substantial financial analysis experience. Tyler received his BBA from Hardin-Simmons University and Media Management Master Certification from Northwestern University.

 

Tyler is a Certified Small Business Consultant by the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC) and is a Certified Global Business Professional by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).

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Kathleen Mcneil is the Project Coordinator of the UTPB-Small Business Development Center. She is a U.S. veteran and has extensive experience maintaining high standards and services by organizing operations and procedures while controlling correspondence with clients, cities, counties, and other university departments. She manages all interactions, reporting, scheduling, procurement, and all meetings. She is our direct partner with H.R. to maintain office policies as necessary, coordinates with other departments, and manages/support all client relationships. Also, her position requires managing personnel to ensure office efficiency in meeting client demands. 

 

She has a BBA in Management from the University of Texas (Permian Basin) and is currently working on her MBA through UTPB.  

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Danny Castro is a Bilingual Business Consultant for the UTPB-Small Business Development Center. Danny is a native Odessan. He went to Permian High School and then graduated college with a BA in Communications a UTPB. Danny has been married for 20 years and has three children, two girls, and one boy. Danny is a family man and loves to cook for his family. In his past time, Danny is licensed to food prep and makes healthy meals for people who are looking to eat healthier. Danny’s main passion is to barbeque for family and friends.  

Danny is a Certified Small Business Consultant by the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC). 

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Andrew Lujan is a Business Consultant for the UTPB-Small Business Development Center. Andrew is a native Texan, and also a recent graduate from UTPB with a BBA in Marketing. Before he became a Business Consultant, Andrew worked for a family-owned company in the Oil and Gas industry as a Salt Water Disposal Technician. Andrew has also worked with Human Theory Marketing out of Round Rock as a content creator and social media marketer. On his off days, he likes to mountain bike, cook, and paint. 

Andrew is a Certified Small Business Consultant by the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC). 

Bryan Bierwirth is the CARES Consultant for the UTPB Small Business Development Center. Bryan was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and moved to Odessa, TX in 2018. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University.

He has worked in management for multiple companies and has been a Business Consultant for three years. He successfully ran the Odessa Business Challenge and Midland Entrepreneur Challenge, which awarded $1.6M in funding to 21 businesses. Those winning businesses have generated over $18M in revenue and created 109 jobs.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing and viewing sports (Go White Sox!), exercising, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.