Photo Credit Community ImpactCommunity Impact – Pearland residents David and Tracy Gottfried had a dream to open their own business. The couple, like thousands in the region, used the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College to get their venture in the city off the ground.

During the fiscal year 2014-15, the regional office of the SBDC at SJC—America’s SBDC Texas Gulf Coast Network—created 5,333 jobs, according to a third-party survey. In 2016, SBDC at SJC Business Advisor Gary Bucek said his center alone has created 250 new jobs.

“We had our business plan,” David Gottfried said. “We had our numbers. We had all of our materials. We went down and met with Gary and he reviewed all of that and gave us a lot of feedback. It really felt like Gary would provide that independent, no-dog-in-the-fight type of opinion for us.”

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