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Essential Datacom LLC DBA E.D.I. Communications

January 01, 2015

After 15 years, Edward (Eddie) Martinez’s career had reached a plateau where further advancement with his employer would not be possible.  Unsatisfied with that position, Eddie made the decision to step out on his own and start his own structural cabling business.  He and his wife Jenny carved out a corner of their dining room to be his office and turned their home phone into their business phone.  

E.D.I. Communications growth was exponential under Eddie’s forward-looking approach to business. Eddie realizes that to be successful in his industry, he needs to be looking at business that is six months or more away. That forward-looking approach has helped him move out of his home office, into a leased eight by eight office, and ultimately allowed them to purchase a facility with over 2,000 square feet of office and storage space.

Early on, Eddie contacted the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center for assistance and met with James Leavelle. Leavelle assisted Eddie with moving from a sole proprietorship to an LLC, listing on the Texas Centralized Master Bidders List, and general business management principles.

In their first year of business, E.D.I. Communications grossed over $200,000 in revenue. They doubled that in their second year. This year (2014) they are on track to gross over $1 million. They have grown from two employees in their first year to seven employees today.

In May 2014, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce awarded the “Start-up of the Year Award” to E.D.I. Communications. Eddie says that James and the SBDC assisted him in reaching his goals by “teaching him how to understand business in general from dealing and understanding sales tax, IRS, SoS, and all other legal statuses.“ Eddie further indicated that James was able to provide a greater understanding of how to increase sales.

  • EDI Communications
    EDI Communications
    Photo by Danny Meyer, University

James and the SBDC assisted him by “teaching him how to understand business in general from dealing and understanding sales tax, IRS, SoS, and all other legal statuses.” 

 

Impact on the Community:

 

Business Expansion

Four Jobs Retained

Three Jobs Created

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E.D.I. Communications
1319 Oakes Street
San Angelo.