Small Business Resources
If you’re looking for a community that offers the kind of living and working environment all businesses thrive on, set your destination on Lufkin/Angelina County. Take a look at some of the compa nies that do business here and you’ll see we’re recognized for all our community has to offer — a reasonable cost of living, easy access to world markets and a highly qualified and educated workforce.
We are the HUB for a nine county region encompassing over 375,000 population Lufkin, the largest City in our nine county market, is the #1 Micropolitan in Texas and the 31st in the United States!
This “Open for Business” guide is a product of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Resource Council. The business community through the Chamber, city government, county government and the community college have forged a strong partnership to work and support existing businesses and entrepreneurs pursuing new ventures in the community. This guide provides a menu of resources and information specific to starting and operating a business in Lufkin/Angelina County.
Educational Assistance & Resources
Assistance is available from the Small Business Development Center at Angelina College for existing and prospective small businesses with the objective of improving management and operational skills. Included are workshops, seminars and one-on-one counseling services (936)633-5400.
Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center (ACPAC)
ACPAC is a non-profit organization that assists the businesses of the Texas Forest Country in competing for and wining government contracts from the federal, state, and local government agencies. ACPAC is funded each year by the Department of Defense through a cooperative agreement with Angelina College. Services offered by ACPAC are FREE and consist of: Computerized Bid-match Services; Counseling Assistance; Government Contract Histories; Military Specifications and Department of Defense Adopted Industry Standards; Access to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Department of Defense (DoD) Regulations, and forms or information from other federal and state agencies; and Workshops and Conferences on Contracting (Radio Frequency Identification, Electronic Data Interchange, Contracting, Veterans Going into Business). Contact information for ACPAC:
Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center
3500 South First Street
P.O. Box 1768
Lufkin, TX 75902-1768
(936) 633-5432 Toll Free:1-888-326-5223
(936) 633-5478 FAX
Web Page: http://www.acpactx.org
Developing a Business Plan
The Small Business Development Center at Angelina College can provide you with help at no charge and a complete on-line training module on how to develop a business plan can be found in the Starting Your Business section of the SBA Homepage
Small Business Administration
For answers to many questions concerning Small Business Start-ups, training and financing go to the SBA website.
SBA ONLINE COURSES
To view a listing of FREE available courses, visit the U. S. Small Business Administration site:
The courses available are identified by topic. You can learn about the specific courses by clicking, “About these Courses” at the site. In general, the courses are all self-paced and should take about 30 minutes to complete. Most of the courses require a brief online registration.
IRS Online Small Business Assistance
The IRS has a great site as well for small business assistance. It will have site information for all the agencies listed below.