U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ranking Member of the SBC, announced that the U.S. Senate voted to pass a resolution recognizing America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) on their 35th anniversary.

“With one of the most celebrated Small Business Development Centers located in Louisiana, it’s easy to see how they are the boots on the ground who help local small businesses get started and access resources to grow and be successful,” said Vitter. “In passing this resolution, I'm glad to see Congress recognize the crucial role that SBDCs play in ‎helping small business owners navigate the massive amounts of red tape required by the federal government.”

“This resolution honors the tremendous partnership between America’s Small Business Development Center network and the Small Business Administration that has created jobs all across this country. SBDCs are a model for how government, educational institutions, and the business community can work together to support our nation’s small business entrepreneurs,” said Shaheen. “For three and a half decades, SBDCs have provided access to dedicated counselors, coaches, and advisors that have helped millions of small businesses. In New Hampshire alone, SBDCs have worked with almost 40,000 Granite State entrepreneurs, helping them grow their businesses and create jobs.”

America’s SBDCs is a partnership between universities, economic development agencies, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which provides free assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs. America’s SBDCs provide assistance in marketing, accessing capital, and technical support through their 1,000 centers nationwide.