The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center has been named the state’s SBDC of the Year by the North Texas SBDC Network.
SBDC of the Year is awarded based on exceeding performance milestones: long term clients, new business start-ups and capital infusion.
The KCSBDC exceeded SBA Program business-startup goals by 109 percent, long-term client goals by 107 percent and capital Infusion goals by 451 percent.
KCSBDC, under the direction of Brad Bunt, also had record-breaking economic impact in the 2014-15 program year with 523 new jobs created and almost $28 million in capital infusion. This contribution garnered the highest client-validated economic impact in NTSBDC Network's history.
“Working with our local East Texas businesses is an honor and privilege for me. I have worked with literally thousands of small businesses in our area since 1991 and we have so many successful businesses,” Bunt said.
The KCSBDC provides services such as financing, loan consolidation and marketing to existing businesses and start-ups in Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Upshur, Marion and Panola counties.
“Our center winning best SBDC in Texas is more of a testament to the great men and women who operate these businesses than anything we have helped them achieve,” Bunt said. “We have the best businesses and most creative business people right here in East Texas and I am proud to work with them.”
Bunt was also named as the East Texas Council of Governments’ Corporate Citizen of the Year at the 92nd semi-annual board of directors meeting in March.
Bunt has served as the director of the KCSBDC since 1991.
For more information on the KCSBDC, call 903-757-5857, 1-800-338-7232 or visit www.KilgoreSBDC.com.
Photo above: KCSBDC employees (left to right) Jeff Bock, administrative coordinator; Virgel Conner, business advisor; Brad Bunt, director; and Ken Estes, business advisor. Photo by O. Rufus Lovett