UT Tyler – Longview SBDC opens a satellite office in Henderson

Apr 19, 2023
Dan Moore

UT Tyler – Longview SBDC opens a satellite office in Henderson

Right down the hall and one office from the Henderson Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) offices in the City Hall Complex is located a satellite office of the UT Tyler – Longview Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

“John Clary and HEDCO have been great partners for the UT Tyler-Longview SBDC in the City of Henderson and Rusk County.  With our main office being in Longview, it can be difficult for entrepreneurs and small business owners to take time out of their busy schedules to drive to Longview to meet with a business advisor.  Having a dedicated local meeting place for the SBDC is a true time saver for Rusk County entrepreneurs and small business owners, allowing us to meet with them right here in Henderson.  This Henderson office will go a long way in helping the UT Tyler-Longview SBDC serve local clients and provide economic growth to Henderson and Rusk County” said Day Shelmire, Director SBDC. 


The SBDC serves small businesses and entrepreneurs in Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Rusk, Panola, and Upshur Counties. They are a part of a nationwide network of a thousand centers dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow and thrive. All SBDC’s are funded by grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas and a host college or university, in this region it is the University of Texas at Tyler.

They provide, at no cost, business consulting and advising services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to foster local economic growth through entrepreneurial, business starts, job growth and access to capital.

The SBDC’s office in Henderson is by appointment only according to Director Day Shelmire. It is best if you contact the HEDCO office first at 903-392-0447. You may also contact the SBDC office at 903-757-5857.

“The first step is to go to our website ( locate the Start Here section (inside the top photo to the right) and click on the Business Assessment Survey button and follow the instructions,” said Shelmire.

You can also find other information on their website such as how to start your business, how to grow your business, and how to fix your business. Their experienced and professional small business advisors can help you with...

  • Financial projections and analysis

  • Concept development and brainstorming

  • Business plan development

  • Improving cash flow and profitability

  • Competitive analysis & feasibility studies

  • Marketing strategies

  • SBA and conventional loan package development

  • Advertising and social media campaigns

  • Website development

  • Establishing accounting and record keeping systems

  • Understanding government taxation and regulations

  • Understanding and identifying other sources of capital

  • Analyzing and restructuring current debt

  • Business risk management strategies

  • Business expansion strategies

  • Business restructuring and turnarounds

  • Market, demographic and industry research

  • Business legal structures

  • Export/import requirements

  • Franchising Business valuations

  • Buying or selling a business

  • Government procurement and contracting

  • Hiring and managing employees

  • Business exit and buyout strategies

  • Family business management, control, and legacy issues

“The people we work with are dreamers and risk takers,” Shelmire said. “Our team of business advisers are all entrepreneurs. We know what it’s like to put everything on the line. Our duty to our clients requires us to do our absolute best for them.” 

Dan Moore, Director of Marketing & Business Development