Small Business Services Specialists

University of Houston   Houston, TX   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on May 3, 2023

Small Business Services Specialists – (1) Individual Consulting Services

                                                           (2) Webinar Development and Delivery

The Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) is accepting proposals from subject matter experts to provide services to SBDC clients on small business-related topics with an emphasis on operations as we emerge from the COVID pandemic.  Consulting services can be provided via one-on-one consulting services (virtual or in person) or through the development and delivery of webinars on small business topics or a combination of the two delivery methods.

The SBDC Network is part of a national program that provides technical assistance to existing small businesses and pre-venture entrepreneurs in the form of individualized, no-cost business counseling and advising, as well as business education through free or low cost live training classes and on-line webinars and courses.  The SBDC is a partnership program between the U. S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, the University of Houston, and multiple universities and community colleges in the 32 counties in the upper Texas Gulf Coast Area.


The SBDC has opportunities now available for service providers who, unless otherwise noted under requested service areas, possess a minimum of 10 years of small business consulting experience in any the following industries, that include, but are not limited to:

  • General Retail • Food and Hospitality • Healthcare • Entertainment• Oil and Gas Suppliers • Manufacturing • Construction • Transportation • Health, Fitness and Safety


Requested service areas include, but are not limited to: 

  • Access to Capital • Cash Flow Analysis and Financial Management • Accounting • e-Commerce • Marketing Research • Market Strategies • Digital Marketing (5 years’ experience) • Public Relations • Website Design/Development and Content Writers (both 5 years’ experience) • Human Resources, especially hiring) • Operations • Sales • Risk Management • Business Valuations


Proposals should include an outline of the service provider’s experience with a resume or biography, a description of services to be provided, and a minimum of three (3) recent client references. 

All contractors will be responsible for completing individual client meeting reports, detailing identified problems and outlining recommendations. Client engagement will initially be limited to on-line, telephone, and web meetings, but may be expanded as needed.

Pay range is from $51-75 per billable hour.  Billable hours will consist solely of client prep and contact hours.  Independent Contractors will be responsible for providing computing equipment and workspace.  The SBDC will provide access to client assistance tools and a reporting database for recording client contacts and outcomes.


Please submit proposals and client references to T. Rayne at  The University reserves the right to reject all offers.  Individuals who submit a proposal that is not selected for award will NOT be notified due to the anticipated number of proposals in response to this ad