ANGELINA COLLEGE SBDC HELPS
SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED
(From the July-Sept issue of SATOP)
More than 200 entrepreneurs each year receive management assistance
from the Angelina College Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
located in Lufkin, Texas.
The Angelina College SBDC also provides training and consulting
services to existing business owners and those seeking to start or
purchase a small business. The center helps prepare business plans and
loan proposals to finance business start-up, expansions or
During the last three years, the Angelina College SBDC has helped
business owners raise more than $20 million in capital to fund their
"The goal is to help local business owners succeed," said
Angelina College SBDC Director Brian McClain. "Small businesses
create more jobs than any other segment of industry on our
The SBDC's role is to create and keep small businesses in our area
profitable and growing. This creates economic impact for the community
Angelina College SBDC services.
Since success depends upon increased knowledge, the Angelina
College SBDC sponsors 60 classes a year, focusing on technology and
business related topics. The center also works with companies to
tailor classes to fit specific needs.
U.S. Congressman Jim Turner was instrumental in bringing the Space
Alliance Technology Outreach Program to Angelina College's SBDC. SATOP
complimented the strong SBDC bank of services offered to small
businesses. Since that time, many inventors and entrepreneurs have
utilized this valuable service and marketed their products with the
assistance of NASA Johnson Space Center.
"The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program at the
Angelina College Small Business Development Center has provided an
invaluable service to small business owners and inventors," said
Congressman Turner. "By offering troubleshooting and technical
training services, SATOP scientists help entrepreneurs overcome
technical problems that may hinder completion of their inventions.
This creative approach to sharing knowledge and resources is good for
small business owners and inventors and good for our local East Texas
Angelina College SBDC is part of the University of Houston Network
that includes a 32 county area in South East Texas. Thirteen Centers
are conveniently located at colleges and universities throughout the
The Small Business Development Centers are directed by past
business owners and operators. Brian McClain directs the Angelina
College SBDC. Mr. McClain graduated from Michigan State University and
worked in the corporate world for 10 years. During that time, he rose
to Vice President of Operation of an international restaurant company,
which operated 1,500 stores.
He left corporate life and opened his first restaurant in 1978 in
Longview, Texas. He built 16 more restaurants and established a real
estate development company that formed general partnerships that owned
Mr. McClain began merging his company with other franchisees,
increasing the number of restaurants to 70. He sold his interest in
1992 and moved to Lufkin, Texas, keeping one restaurant and the real
estate company. Mr. McClain sold the last restaurant in 1995. He read
an ad in the newspaper for a Director for the Angelina College SBDC,
and thought he could do that job. Mr. McClain has enjoyed seven great
year with Angelina College.
"Brian McClain and Angelina college SBDC have been the
benchmark to which we hope all our Economic Development Organizations
aspire," said SATOP with passion and vigor. Each year they lead
the state in requests for assistance. We look forward to working with
Brian and Angelina College for years to come."