I recently asked our local SBTDC office for help with marketing and limited funding. The Center is part of the Small Business Administration, but affiliated with the business schools at UNC-Chapel Hill and Central University, located in Durham. Does anyone else have a Center close to them? Have you asked them for advice? The first thing the associate did was compare my financials with other frame shops my size in the US (who are using or have used SBTDC in the recent past). He mailed me a synopsis of the info gathered and we'll meet next week for a more in-depth review; as well as begin forming a marketing plan. I wasn't too surprised by the information, but he asked some hard-line questions that I believe will certainly help the bottom line. I am moving the shop in January and wish to acquire limited funds to both promote the move and lay-out the shop in a more appealing way. I was surprised that he didn't offer SBA monies to do this, but guided me into getting a home equity loan. What are your thoughts on this? I am incorporated and have a small portion of the original business loan left. With the equity loan I can get a much lower interest rate for both the move and to pay off this original note. I hope I have given you enough information.