Trinity Valley SBDC Brings Lunch & Learn Training to Palestine, Texas Business Owners in 2024

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19 Feb 2024

The Trinity Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a valuable partner of the Palestine Economic Development Corporation (PEDC). In 2024, the SBDC will continue to provide in-person or online Lunch & Learn trainings for local business owners. Workshop and topics cover a variety of interests to help business leaders grow their organizations while giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to start their own companies. The SBDC offers no-fee training and advising.  Registration fees could be applicable based on location or if a meal is provided.

The next Lunch & Learn is Thursday, March 7 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Palestine City Hall. The topic is social media branding and content creation. The training and lunch are sponsored by the Palestine EDC, so no payment is required. Please register in advance to save your spot, as we do require registration confirmation for lunch.

Trinity Valley SDBC Offers a Diverse Curriculum for Business Owners

Palestine, Texas thrives because of its small business community. In fact, 95% of companies in the area have fewer than 50 employees. Trinity Valley SDBC provides workshops, one-on-one advisor meetings, online webinars, and other resources to help business leaders grow. 

“Trinity Valley SBDC has training topics including entrepreneurship, Money Smarts for Small Business, writing a business plan, business financing, and QuickBooks. In 2023 we were also able to have a national conference speaker from the America’s SBDC conference present locally in Palestine,” says Jennifer Johnston, Director of the Trinity Valley SBDC.

By staggering its offerings, the SBDC can reach business owners across different industries who have varying levels of availability. While a Lunch & Learn might be ideal for some business owners, others might need weekend and evening sessions when they can step away from the office.  

“Trinity Valley SBDC provides valuable resources for regional business owners,” says Christophe Trahan, Economic Development Director for PEDC. “We continue to look for additional ways to partner with them because of all the benefits they bring to our community.”  

SBDC Projects Reflect the Needs of the Community

Even if the upcoming Lunch & Learn agenda isn’t relevant to your needs as a business leader, future in-person and virtual sessions might be right for you. The program developers listen to members of the community and create educational resources that meet their needs.

“Trinity Valley SBDC partners with leaders in the community, such as economic development and chambers to support the business community and economic growth,” says Johnston. “Workshops and training are catered to the interest of entrepreneurs and small businesses based on feedback to the SBDC and our collaborative partners. The Palestine Chamber of Commerce is an important part of networking and marketing for local businesses.”

Trinity Valley SBDC is a field center of the North Texas SBDC and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Trinity Valley Community College.  Trinity Valley SBDC is a long-standing program through Trinity Valley Community College which serves the area of   Henderson, Anderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt, and Rains counties.

Follow the Trinity Valley SBDC for Business Development Events

Keep up with the SBDC to learn about upcoming events, sessions, and webinars. The current calendar has regular webinars scheduled for securing funding for your business and growing it through various marketing tactics. You can also follow the SDBC and the Palestine EDC on Facebook to learn about similar events when they are added.  

“If you are a business owner in Palestine, Texas and want to grow in 2024, the SBDC can help you,” says Trahan. “The community is here to support you with training, development, and hiring opportunities.

The team at PEDC strives to make Palestine, Texas a desirable place to work and live. When small business leaders have the tools they need to succeed, everyone in the region benefits. With the help of residents and the SBDC, PEDC can’t wait to see how the region grows in 2024.