San Jacinto College SBDC advisor earns State Star award

09.25.2014 | By Rob Vanya

A Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College advisor earned a state award based on exceptional performance. Pictured at the presentation of the State Star award include, from left, Richard Prets, director of the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College; Pat Sheriffs; Tom Shirreffs, SBDC professional business advisor and the 2014 Texas State Star; and Jacqueline Taylor, deputy director of the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC network. Submitted photo.


Tom Shirreffs, a professional business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at San Jacinto College, earned the State Star award based on exceptional performance for the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network.

Shirreffs was presented the award at the annual America’s SBDC conference, held recently in Grapevine, with more than 1,400 attendees from around the world. The SBDC presents State Star awards to advisors who achieve exceptional results in helping clients to start or expand businesses, create jobs, and raise capital.

In the past five years, clients of the San Jacinto College SBDC have started 107 new businesses. “Those businesses have created 1,020 new jobs and they have raised $39 million dollars in new capital,” commented Richard Prets, director of the San Jacinto College SBDC. “Tom Shirreffs is consistently one of the most productive advisors in the SBDC network. His business acumen is instrumental in turning clients into business success stories.”

The SBDC at San Jacinto College offers free, private advising to help entrepreneurs start new businesses. The SBDC also helps small to mid-sized businesses expand, boost productivity, and maximize profitability. Services include assistance with loan applications, writing business plans, creating marketing strategies, developing budgets, and much more. For information, please visit, or call 281-485-5214 extension 7.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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