New Business

Offering New Business Advising & Consulting Throughout Mount Pleasant, Texarkana, Atlanta, TX & Surrounding Areas

Have a good idea for a business and need guidance?
A one-on-one advising session will help you to explore the possibilities, develop your business model, and decide whether to embark on this new venture.
Our team can help you locate resources and training that provide the foundation for developing a sound business plan to start your business and guide its growth.
SBDC business advisors can help you refine your plan and access the information you need to take your new business from a simple idea to a successful company. There is never a fee for SBDC research and assistance.


  • Financial feasibility
  • Market research and competitive analysis
  • Business plan development
  • Calculate start-up costs
  • Identify working capital needs
  • Evaluate options for financing


  • Choose your business name and location
  • Choose the right business structure
  • Register your business
  • Apply for licenses and permits
  • Open a business bank account

Our three-step process

Our three-step process

Step 1: Starting a Business-Select the Idea
Thinking about starting your own business? As any seasoned entrepreneur will tell you, starting a new business is not always easy. From testing the market to accessing capital, there are many roadblocks you may encounter along the way.

Step 2: Find an in-person workshop in your area or an online webinar/video
The next step is to attend a Northeast Texas SBDC in your area or a Small Business Administration online workshop. Our in-person, start-up workshops are free or very affordable on a regular basis across the region. These start-up workshops will provide you the necessary tools and insight to start your business on solid ground. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure, to the type of licenses you will need, these classes cover the essentials to successful business ownership.

Step 3: Complete the online Request for Consulting
After you've attended a workshop, it's time to complete an electronic Request for Consulting intake form. This form will start your relationship with the Northeast Texas SBDC where you will find the most up-to-date resources for your business information needs.

As part of the electronic Request for Consulting, you will be asked to complete a concept plan, which gives us a short summary of your business idea. Your concept plan should describe the idea, the market, as well as key actions and activities of the business. The concept plan will help our consultants understand the basics of your business to better assist you.

Please note that we cannot schedule requests for individual assistance without this form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by the Northeast Texas SBDC business consultant that serves your area to set up a consulting session.