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Bill J. Priest Institute


Dallas College Bill J. Priest Institute’s mission is to help small businesses grow revenue, increase jobs and contribute to the economic growth of Dallas County. Led by its Small Business Innovation Cultivator, the institute brings together resources and assets that make it a “one-stop shop” for small business services.

Our partners share our vision and collectively provide a wide array of services tailored to small business — from startup and launch to growth and expansion. Partners housed at the Bill J. Priest Institute include representatives from:

The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce

With more than 1,200 members and representing more than 20 ethnic groups, the chamber provides access to some of the more influential people, groups and companies in North Texas.

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The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

One of the oldest African-American chambers of commerce in the United States, the chamber helps small business owners and entrepreneurs through education, advocacy, empowerment and networking.

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The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

With the motto “We are in business for business,” GDHCC provides access to an array of people and programs that assist businesses at all levels, including one-on-one, on-site business counseling to address any business need.

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

A program for small businesses that links learning to action, 10,000 Small Businesses helps participants gain practical skills in negotiation, marketing and employee management. Tools and professional support enable participants to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their businesses to the next level.

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North Texas Small Business Development Center

A partnership program of Dallas College and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBDC serves the needs of established and startup small businesses in the 49-county areas of North Texas. The North Texas SBDC Network is comprised of 13 field centers, including a specialty center whose only mission is to assist small businesses with government contracting opportunities.

The network of small business professionals assists small businesses with striking the right balance between profit and peak performance. The SBDC helps businesses of all types, sizes and budgets find knowledge, resources and connections for effective expansion. Our only mission is to help small businesses reach their full growth potential by accessing our services.

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Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center

Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, a field center of the North Texas SBDC, is housed at the Bill J. Priest Institute with satellite locations in Garland, Cedar Hill and Addison. The Dallas Metropolitan SBDC serves Dallas County by offering key services to help get businesses started and provides critical advice on obtaining financing, targeting customers, managing cash, hiring employees and more. SBDC offers no-fee, customized, one-on-one consulting services geared toward specific businesses and is always confidential.

Government Contracting SBDC

The Government Contracting SBDC assists small businesses to compete successfully in the government marketplace and become thriving contractors with local, state and federal governments. Located within Bill J. Priest Institute, we provide an array of services that include one-on-one counseling and support with procurement services. The federal government offers several incentive programs for purchasing from small businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business concerns and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBC); therefore, we work to help SBDC clients obtain required certifications to be considered for these incentives.

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This nonprofit organization helps small business owners with limited access to capital have a chance to live their dreams. Clients can receive small business loans up to $1 million and startup loans up to $50,000. Participants also have access to the SBA 504 loan program and business and financial training that helps small business owners start, stabilize or expand their businesses.

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Counselors to America’s Small Businesses — A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Dallas office was founded in 1965. Mentoring services include accounting, finance, marketing, management and business plan preparation. SCORE also offers workshops and seminars for startups and established businesses looking for a renewed focus on their businesses.

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PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses.

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Serving North Texas since 2013, this organization partners with Dallas College to provide free technology and professional skills training to active, former and retired military personnel through its Technology Service Corps program. Other training programs include cybersecurity, coding and web development. Paid internships with business partners are part of this successful program.

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Bill J. Priest Solutions Development

This team of Dallas College business professionals focuses on developing and delivering customized solutions to keep your workforce trained and competitive.

Through grants administered by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development and Small Business funds, the Solutions Development team is able to provide services to businesses at little or no cost. The team offers customized, industry-specific skills training; leadership coaching; quality and efficiency improvement; and strategic goal setting.

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Dallas College’s adult education program provides free skills training to build skills in English language speaking and comprehension, reading, writing, math, science and social studies — everything needed to earn a GED and to land a better job.

WorkReadyU also offers free job prep training for in-demand jobs in health care, technology, entrepreneurship, education, welding and more.

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Courses in Manufacturing and Welding

An array of industrial and manufacturing skills-building courses are offered on site at the Bill J. Priest Institute. Noncredit, continuing education courses — offered individually or as a series — can lead to certifications in a variety of areas:

  • Welding, from metal arc and gas tungsten to art metal sculpture
  • Industrial Maintenance/Mechanics, levels 1-3
  • Automation
  • Machining, from Machinist I CNC to Advanced CNC
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Welder Testing

The Bill J. Priest Institute is the only site in Dallas-Fort Worth that is an Accredited Test Facility for the American Welding Society.
  • Accounting
  • Advocacy
  • Business Counseling
  • Business Development
  • Business Planning/Strategy
  • Education
  • Export Assistance
  • Financial Counseling
  • Financial Assistance
  • Foreign Direct Investment Assistance
  • Global Business Development Assistance
  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Networking Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Referrals
  • Seminars/Speakers
  • Skills Training
  • Tax Compliance
  • Technical Assistance
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Bill J. Priest Institute is located at 1402 Corinth St. in Dallas, Texas.

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Bill J. Priest Institute
1402 Corinth St.
Dallas, TX 75215



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