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Small Business Programs

Specialty Programs

Sell your products and services to federal, state and local government agencies, pursue international markets, receive free technical engineering assistance, or obtain discounted professional services by accessing the UH SBDC Network's specialty programs.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Interested in selling to federal, state or local government agencies? The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can help you develop effective marketing techniques and assist you in finding contract opportunities matched to your company’s capabilities. PTAC‘s free consulting and low cost technical assistance is available to businesses in 45 counties between and around the major cities of Houston and Austin in the Southeast Texas area. Click here to learn more.

International Trade Center (ITC)
Need help identifying business opportunities in foreign markets? The International Trade Center (ITC) program guides small and medium-sized companies through the process of entering the international trade arena.  ITC also offers low-cost training seminars focused on trade issues and no-cost loan packaging support to help your business obtain export financing. Click here to learn more.

Innovation and Technology

Looking for funding to help with the research and development of an innovative technology?  Look into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technolgy Transfer (STTR) programs. We can help you determine if you are eligible to apply for SBIR or STTR funding and we can help you develop the financial portion of your proposal. Click here to learn more.

Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)
Perhaps your small business is facing a technical challenge and you are unsure where to turn for assistance. SATOP may hold the key. This NASA-funded program provides a small business up to 40 hours of technical support utilizing the resources and engineering expertise of NASA and participating NASA contractors. And, the technical assistance is FREE! Click here to learn more.

Hurricane Business Recovery Center (HBRC)
Was your business damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike? Are you back on track and prepared in case you are hit with another disaster? The University of Houston Hurricane Business Recovery Center can help you strengthen your business and evaluate your readiness for the next unexpected event. Through no-cost consulting and practical workshops and seminars, we can help you reestablish your customer base, identify financing needs for repairs and ongoing business operations, and provide risk management advice to help you develop contingency plans, assess insurance needs, and develop IT back-up systems. Click here to learn more.