A full house of engaged participants attended the quarterly Small Business Roundtable on Wednesday at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.

The topic for this quarter was Funding: What new programs exist to bring dollars to growing businesses, presented by Willie Rodriguez of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Rodriguez is an Internet Marketing Specialist.

Businesses are growing in McKinney and the SBA has a lot to offer those who are starting out, established or wanting to reinvent their struggling business.

Rodriguez started off his presentation by telling those in attendance that millions of entrepreneurs use SBA resources and programs to start or grow a business and effectively compete in the market place. And the SBA strives to help all business owners, especially those who are underserved by their programs, including women, veterans, Native Americans and young entrepreneurs.

Rodriguez also said the SBA provides financial assistance to help people start a business, grow a business and recover from a disaster, as he went over several of the various loan programs they offer.

Their website, sba.gov, offers easy-to-find information to help small businesses start, grow and succeed. In addition, there is Small Business Training Network — an online virtual campus offering free courses, work-shops and resources.

He concluded his presentation by providing some of the local resources available that are affiliated with the SBA, including SCORE® Counselors to America’s Small Business and the SBDC. You can also contact Rodriguez directly by phone at 817-684-5514 or via email to wilber.rodriguez@sba.gov.

The next Small Business Roundtable will be held on May 14 with Search Engine Optimization as the topic. Dorian Karthauser, who is an Entrepreneur, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Lead Web Developer and Professional Trainer, will teach businesses how to better their online traffic through SEO.

Click here for more information and to register.