Liberty Center opens

Residents in the Liberty/Dayton area now have nearby access to Lee College services including academic, financial aid and business counseling.

The college opened a new Lee College Liberty Center in space donated by Geraldine D. Humphrey’s Cultural Center on June 5.

The grand opening celebration was prompted by continued economic expansion in the Liberty/Dayton area, as well as community members’ interest in bringing college services closer to residents.

“The city of Liberty is very pleased to enter into this partnership with Lee College,” said Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett. “The college has a long tradition of providing the community with a number of innovative programs and services, and with this new center, they are bringing their efforts closer to our local folks.

“We very much want this relationship to grow,” Mayor Pickett continued, “so that Lee’s presence in Liberty becomes an even larger part of what we offer our citizens and neighbors.”

Services to be provided at the center range from academic counseling, career and employment testing, and financial aid counseling, as well as professional consulting services provided by the Lee College Small Business Development Center, a non-profit professional consulting service dedicated to helping individuals start or manage their own business and fostering economic growth in the community.

“Small business is the backbone of our economy,” said Lee College Executive Director of Workforce and Community Development Debi Jordan. “When we sat down with Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Gary Broz to discuss how Lee College could further serve the people of the Liberty community, small business was a great place to start. The college is dedicated to supporting current and future Liberty entrepreneurs with the services of its Small Business Development Center.”

Since Jan. 2009, the Lee College SBDC’s central office — located in the JCPenney wing of Baytown’s San Jacinto Mall — has helped more than 50 entrepreneurs successfully start their businesses. These new businesses, in turn, have created nearly 200 new jobs in the Lee College service area, a trend college officials hope to extend in the outlying service area.

“The Lee College Small Business Development Center Liberty office will provide start-up assistance to individuals who are interested in starting a business and assistance to present business owners,” explained SBDC Director Steve McCorquodale. “Services to be provided at the center include free one-on-one business advising, business plan development, financial analysis, loan packaging, lending assistance, marketing services, expansion help, business workshops, exporting and importing support.

“Our vision is to one day be recognized as the leading source for providing sound business advice and training to entrepreneurs and business owners.”

The Lee College Liberty Center is located on the second floor of the Geraldine D. Humphrey’s Cultural Center, located at 1710 Sam Houston Ave in Liberty, Texas.

For additional information, call 281.425.6309.