Ready to start your own business? Great! We have two offices and 12 meeting locations throughout our 10 county area. Schedule an appointment with one of our trained consultants today!


Do you currently own a business? Whether your business has been open for decades or just a few months, our consultants provide one-on-one assistance in a number of areas to help your business reach its potential. Read More


Want to learn more about starting or operating your business successfully? America’s SBDC at Tarleton offers multiple in-person training sessions. Attend training sessions that will prepare you to tackle your real world tasks head-on!

About Us

The America’s SBDC at Tarleton State University has over 28 years of experience helping people like you grow their business to its full potential. We provide consulting, technical assistance, informative workshops, and reference resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Our consultants maintain the highest ethical standards of confidentiality with clients and services are available at no charge. The center is staffed by professional consultants with proven ability to promote growth, innovation, profitability, increased productivity and improved management of small businesses. America’s SBDC at Tarleton is a resource partner of the SBA and part of a nationwide network of over 1000’s SBDCs across the country. America’s SBDC at Tarleton works with startup and existing businesses in the following counties in Texas; Brown, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hood, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somerville and Wise.

Granbury SBDC Stats

Capital Formation - $18,069,047
Jobs Created -1,002
Businesses Opened - 232
Clients Counseled - 1,977

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Why are we FREE?

We are part of Tarleton State University and are affiliated with the Northwest Texas SBDC Region. We receive our financial support from TSU, the United States Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and other sources.

Consulting services are always offered free of charge and our consultants are prepared to provide small business help for many aspects of your business from advertising to exporting to financing.

Seminars and specialized services are offered at low-cost to attendees and clients and are a great resource for networking with other business owners while brushing up on skills like marketing, copywriting, and human resources.

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Where do I get a tax number?

There is more than one kind of tax number so the first thing is to identify what you need one for. You will need a Federal EIN (employer I.D. number) if you will have employees, a business partner other than your spouse, and possibly also to open a business bank account. You can obtain an EIN number at You will need a Texas Sales & Use Tax Permit if you are required to collect sales tax on your products and/or services. That application is completed through the Texas Comptroller’s website at

Am I required to collect sales tax?

In Texas, most products are taxable and some services are taxable. A search of the State Tax Automated Research (STAR) database will help you determine the answer for your business. If you’re unable to locate the answer to your specific question, the Comptroller can be emailed at

What legal structure am I required to use?

You’re free to choose from any legal structure you like. The most popular in Texas are sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs).


Whether you’re trying to grow your existing business or start a new business, there are many sources of information available to help you make the best decisions possible. The time and expense required to use these databases is cost-prohibitive to all but the largest of firms. So what’s a small business to do? The SBDC has access to some of the most sophisticated research databases available and best of all, the research is provided to SBDC clients FREE OF CHARGE!