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Center can now help Spanish-speakers as well

November 19, 2012

The ASU-SBDC welcomes new business development specialist Adriana Balcorta Havins. Adriana brings to the team a variety of experience to assist clients and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — As the celebration of my first month working for the ASU Small Business Development Center, I get the opportunity to introduce myself.

I joined the SBDC team on Oct. 15 as the new Business Development Specialist. My tasks will be the same as the other advisers but with a small twist. I will be able to reach the Spanish-speaking business owners/entrepreneurs that would like to use the SBDC resources. During this past month I have met many people through a variety of events, meetings, seminars, conferences, etc. However, I am sure I still have a long way to go, names to learn, and hopefully, businesses to assist.

My name is Adriana Balcorta Havins. I was born and raised in Mexico and I first came to San Angelo to attend Angelo State University as an exchange student from Tec de Monterrey University in Chihuahua. After attending ASU for a semester, I decided to fully transfer to ASU and earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees here. I have been living in San Angelo for the past eight years and I have had the chance to work for a bank under the commercial lending umbrella and an accounting firm.

While living in Mexico, I had the opportunity to experience business startup when my dad decided to start a business in the mining industry where he has been working all his life. The business started with 15 employees and now has grown to 250 employees. This venture has had many challenges and the process has been arduous, but the feeling of fulfillment has been constant. While attending college, I assisted my dad for two years in the accounting and finance area of the business. I cannot imagine how much easier it would have been if he had the support that small businesses in the United States have with the assistance of Small Business Development Centers.

When you work in two different countries it gives you the opportunity to understand business differences a little more clearly. People always say “Numbers are numbers here or anywhere else,” and that is true. But, it is what you do with the numbers and how you communicate with others that make everything different.

Working at the SBDC has reminded me that opening a business cannot be rushed and immediate profit cannot be expected. Sometimes profits don’t occur until after a few years. Opening a business is labor intensive, time consuming and highly stressful. Nevertheless the satisfaction of growing something from the ground up and enjoying the returns is indescribable.

Some of the simple points to remember when you start thinking about going independent are:

Do some research about the business you want to start

Calculate expenses and project revenues — be realistic!

Use the resources available to assist you (SBDC and other economic development organizations)

These can be seen as common sense, but many times we are so excited about starting this new adventure that we forget the simple steps. Always remember that a better planned business is usually a more successful business.

Working in the business field at the SBDC reminds me of my passion for this career, and it is the perfect combination of personal fulfillment and the opportunity to help others reach their goals. If you would like to start a business, please contact me or any of the advisers at the SBDC. We will be more than happy to assist you.

“Business Tips” was written by Adriana Balcorta Havins, Business Development Specialist of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at Adriana.Balcorta@angelo.edu.

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