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North Central Texas SBDC Director named

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Mar 20, 2017

The North Texas Small Business Development Center (NTSBDC) and North Central Texas College (NCTC) has named Brad Bunt to the North Central Texas SBDC Director’s position. Bunt comes to the center from the Kilgore College SBDC in Longview, Texas after serving for 26 years.  The North Central Texas SBDC services the counties of Denton, Cooke and Montague and has just relocated its offices to Corinth, Texas in the Pinnell Square Business Park across from the North Central Texas College campus.

Brad BluntBunt is a senior leader who embodies the NTSBDC’s organizational values of integrity, collaboration, innovation, accountability and credibility. Bunt’s efforts are strategically aligned with the version of accelerating the North Texas economy by helping entrepreneurs grow sustainable businesses. Bunt is community focused, small business centric and service-oriented on behalf of the clients and communities he serves. He makes significant contributions to the SBDC program, demonstrating a true commitment to small businesses. His impact on the North Texas SBDC Network’s performance has resulted in significant service and strategic organizational improvements. A true servant leader with a collaborative spirit who creates a culture of synergy and inclusion throughout the North Texas SBDC Network.

Bunt has a long history of leadership excellence, leading his team to successful accomplishments with regards to center performance and consistent economic development on behalf of the small businesses he has served. In 2016, the KCSBDC was named the Small Business Development Center of the year, under Bunt’s direction. The SBDC of the Year is awarded based on exceeding performance milestones: long term clients, new business start-ups and capital infusion. Not only did Bunt and his team set a record, the record was the highest client-validated economic impact for the entire NTSBDC Network’s history. Bunt will bring these skills to North Texas and the I-35 growth corridor.

Bunt was also awarded the North Texas SBDC (NTSBDC) Network’s 2016 State Star Award for his performance excellence and service of the highest caliber. He is a true advocate for small business interests and promotes small business initiatives focusing on jobs and business growth.

In his role as North Central Texas SBDC Director, he will be responsible for strategic alignment of resources, community development to accelerate the North Texas SBDC economy by helping entrepreneurs grow sustainable businesses. He will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the North Central Texas SBDC.

Joining the North Central Texas SBDC, along with Bunt, is Business Advisor Tracy Irby. Irby has been a business advisor for the North Texas SBDC for over 4 years. Adding to her level of expertise, Tracy has been a small business owner for over 20 years and enjoys bringing first-hand experience to her SBDC clients.  She successfully owned and operated one of the first Hometown Sears Dealer Stores, a Gym, Bounce House rental business and an online self-defense business.  She is also a licensed Insurance agent.  She has a BBA in Marketing and MBA from Texas A & M University – Commerce. Irby is a dedicated business advisor who provides five-star service to her clients.

Kevin Sadowski who has served as a Business Advisor for over three years with the North Central Texas SBDC is also available to assist clients.

The North Central Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a professional management counseling/training service in partnership with North Central Texas and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC is designed to provide potential and existing businesses in the Cooke, Denton and Montague County with the practical assistance needed to survive, grow and prosper. The SBDC offers free individual counseling in such areas as new business feasibility and start-up, business plan preparation, loan document preparation, loan consolidation analysis, financial management, and general management strategies for small businesses engaged in retail, service, manufacturing and the wholesale industries.  Utilizing certified business advisors and professionals recruited from the business world, the SBDC provides hands-on, expert instruction on various business topics, such as introductory topics for those planning to start a business to more advanced topics aimed at the experienced small business owner. The SBDC has access to a wide range of information for business success, such as IBIS reports, comparative expense ratios, business listings of all registered businesses in the United States and Canada, all free of charge for North Central Texas SBDC clients.

Bunt and his team of professionals can help you if you own an established business in the following areas: conducting financial analysis and improving profitability, developing competitive strategies, coping with government regulations and taxes, designing a market plan, hiring and managing employees, understanding and securing loans/other sources of capital, keeping abreast of current technology, researching suppliers and customer leads from a 16,000,000+ business databank, and seeking capitol for expansion or a line of credit.

If you are planning your business start-up, Bunt and his colleagues can help you with: determining the feasibility of a new business concept, developing a business plan, seeking sources of start-up funds, obtaining necessary suppliers, helping in determining your legal entity, and evaluating the purchase of a franchise or existing business.

To better serve the North Central Texas SBDC clients, the main office has relocated to Corinth, Texas off of North Corinth Street in Pinnell Square. The center also has satellite offices in the Denton Chamber of Commerce in Denton and in Parker Square in Flower Mound, Texas. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the SBDC at (940) 498-6470, or visit www.nctc.edu/sbdc