Shooting for Success
September 04, 2012
When Steve & Steve, partners at Trail’s End Gunworks, LLC, decided they needed to move locations, they came to the SBDC looking for answers to questions regarding the move.
Owner/Managers: Steve Montoya & Steve Larson
Nature of Business: Gunsmith
City: San Angelo, TX
SBDC Business Advisor: Paul Howard
Steve Montoya had been working with Steve Larson for a few years
learning the gunsmith trade. After discussing the situation, Steve M.
and Steve L. became partners in the business. Unfortunately the
business had to move from its current location. Steve M.’s father
owned a building in the downtown area of San Angelo. They were
unsure how to proceed with this venture so they met with Advisor Paul
Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development
Center. Paul learned Steve and Steve did not have a partnership
agreement between them and discussed how important it is to have it.
He also suggested they start working on a business plan to help them
determine this would be the correct move for the business. Steve M.
said, “The SBDC gave us great direction.”
After working on the business plan and further discussion, Trail’s End
Gunworks, LLC is now a fixture in downtown San Angelo. This
expansion helped retain two jobs with hopes of creating jobs in the
Impact on the Community:
- Business Expansion
- Two Jobs Retained
Become A Success Story
Allison had been working for friends and family over the last couple of years providing invitations for weddings, birthdays and special events. She works full time but really enjoys doing this in her spare time.
Alvaro has owned and operated his upholstery shop for years. He was ready to do something different. He and his wife owned a building close to where they live and have the upholstery shop. Their plan was to open a burrito stand in the building. Alvaro learned that it wasn’t going to be as easy as he had hoped due to rules, regulations and permits required. He met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to discuss these issues. After many months of working on the building and getting it up to code the burrito stand is now open for business. Alvaro says, “The SBDC kept in touch on our progress and was available if we needed help.”
Kay Thompson owner of Concho Natives established her business in 2010 as a secondary income and home based business prior to retirement. A passion turned into a business that provides quality native and adaptable plants to the Concho Valley area residences, with experienced advice and guidance in landscaping for the “Do It Yourself” gardener. In addition Concho Natives offers contract growing, research space and wholesale services for contractors and other retail nurseries.