Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Cochise College Small Business Development Center is Cochise County’s most accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses at every stage of development.

The SBDC is staffed with professional business counselors, analysts and technology specialists who are dedicated to helping you succeed. Our partnerships with the U.S. Small Business Administration (website) and the America’s Small Business Development Centers (website) put nationwide resources within your reach.

We provide one-on-one business counseling, planning assistance, marketing, accounting, start-up, licensing, strategic planning, government procurement, technology development and identifying sources of capital, and those are only a few of the services that we provide. We also have special initiatives in Veterans Assistance, Clean Technology and Government Contracting.

We provide a variety of confidential services and referrals to small-business owners and entrepreneurs across Cochise County. We’re here to help make your business a success — and through your success, help improve the economy of our communities.

Small Business Development Center Director
Mark Schmitt

Administrative Assistant | Rachel Norton
Downtown Center | H101
(520) 515-5478 |


Small Business

The Cochise College SBDC is one of 28 locations within the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network website. Started in 1988, the AZSBDC Network is a partnership between the state’s community college districts, the Microbusiness Advancement Center in Tucson and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is fully accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

The U.S. Small Business Administration website (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government with a mission to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

The SBA Learning Center offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

This Business Dictionary website provides definitions to 2,500 of the most commonly used terms the start-up entrepreneur, the small business person or the student of business theory may come across.

Arizona Department of Revenue website states its mission as administering tax laws fairly and efficiently for the people of Arizona.

The Arizona Commerce Authority website, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, focuses on recruiting quality companies and jobs for Arizona and expanding companies already in the state.

International Trade

The Export Readiness Questionnaire highlights characteristics common to successful exporters.  You will receive a score once you complete the questionnaire, which will help you to assess your export readiness, as well as an identification of areas your business needs to strengthen to improve its export activities. website brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Once you’ve determined that that your business is export ready or if you want to further explore if you could. An Export Business Plan is your next step.

An Export Marketing Plan Outline (PDF) will help you to strategize to determine how to enter that particular foreign market.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration