College of Business

Small Business Development Center


Small Business Development Center

Without it, the American economy would have crumbled long ago. It's how almost 97% of Alabamians make their living . It is the backbone for the "American Dream."

It is America's small businesses.

Starting your own business may seem impossible. How do you handle your cash flow, employees, loans? That's what we are here for.

The Small Business Development Center at Auburn University can turn your dreams into reality. For the past 23 years, the SBDC at Auburn has offered personal consultation concerning many aspects of small business development. The SBDC offers all business owners the opportunity to create their "American Dream."

Request for Counseling

Two methods are available for obtaining counseling. Please choose one of the following options:

  1. Please complete the SBDC at Auburn University – Online Registration Form. A counselor will be assigned to contact you within 24-48 hours upon receipt of the registration form.  The online registration  is done in an effort to better assess your business needs and provide counseling based on those needs.  This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements.  All client information is held in strict confidence.
  2. Alternately, complete the attached Counseling Information form (SBA 641). Sign and date the form, then submit it via e-mail to, or fax to 334-321-2883.


"Helping Small Businesses Succeed"

In 1980, Congress adopted the Small Business development Center (SBDC), which authorized the creation of SBDC networks in each state. Former Auburn Business School Dean George Horton embraced the idea, establishing a SBDC branch at Auburn University in 1980. The Auburn branch was to provide technical and counseling needs of small businesses in east-central Alabama.

The SBDC at Auburn serves eight counties: Coosa, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa. Residents in these counties have the opportunity to use the Center's expertise and advice concerning many aspects for starting a business. Please check out the Services page for more information.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration.