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  • September 14

    This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time defining what “leadership” meant to me and how it is important in the work environment. Leadership is a term we use very often, but many times we miss perspective of its real meaning.  As business owners, we encourage our staff to be leaders,to set an example. But, it is also common to see some businesses missing that key component, leadership, to be successful. If you are in business or planning to be in business, you might find yourself looking for leadership, either in staff, mentors or even within yourself. The idea of leadership can be overwhelming for many. Therefore, after reading different articles, I found the following important things to remember when talking about leadership.

    When attempting to define leaders it can get confusing because they fluctuate from position to position, from range to range; they fluctuate according to the goal you want to meet. Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Leadership doesn’t automatically happen when you reach a certain pay grade. Hopefully, you find it there, but there are no guarantees.

  • July 20

    You want to open a business. You know almost exactly how much it will cost to start; supplies, furniture, rent, utilities, etc. But, what about sales tax? As a new business owner this will be one of the first taxes you will pay once you start selling your product or service.  After setting up your company either as a sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, etc., you will need to visit the State Comptroller’s Office to find out about your sales tax responsibility.

    Unfortunately, collecting, calculating, reporting and paying sales tax can be confusing, overwhelming, and sometimes complicated for first time business owners. To help you understand sales tax, I would like to share some general information I discuss with my clients during their visit for an advising session. 

  • July 14
    Carlos De La Rosa III, former baseball player, started coaching young baseball players interested in developing their skills. His passion turned into an opportunity to establish his business and take the young players into competition. With this business idea Carlos visited with adviser Havins to obtain the necessary guidance to start his business, Southwest Select Show Baseball, LLC. Carlos explained the assistance given, “Adriana helped me start my LLC, and with all the questions along the way. She has been extremely helpful.”
  • July 14
    Mendez Café started from Tomas Mendez’s dream to open his own restaurant. As mentioned,Tomas Mendez was the head cook for a lot of local popular restaurants in San Angelo. Tomas Mendez decided to take a risk and open his current business in 2011.
  • July 14
    HOPE grocery bags, LLC started after former teacher Hope Garza decided to make her hobby of sewing into a business by creating fashionable and reusable grocery bags with the goal of Helping Our Planet Earth (HOPE). Mrs. Hope Garza contacted adviser Havins looking for guidance to start her own business. After visiting with the adviser, she decided to enroll into the Small Business Management Certificate Program offered by the SBDC to acquire the basic skills of starting and owning a business.
  • January 1
    Stacey Fisher, a lifelong Sonora resident, decided to convert one of her passions into a business, Sew Addicted LLC. The name itself says it all; she is addicted to sewing and embroidering anything and everything possible. She has been passionate for crafting since she was a little girl.
  • January 1
    Mr. Ramirez has years of experience driving 18 wheelers in agriculture, but he is now wanting to expand his business to contract for oil companies requiring his services to transport dirt and caliche.
  • January 1

    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.

  • January 1
    Leisa and Brandon Clayton are the owners of Blue Collar Health. Leisa visit with adviser Havins right before she graduated from her Master Degree program at Texas Tech University. Leisa had the idea of establishing a business where she could use her license as a Registered Nurse and other degrees in her area (RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC) to provide healthcare services to businesses and their employees on location.
  • January 1
    Jose Guerrero’s passion since youth has been cars. He learned at a young age how to repair cars and later in life he specialized in radiators. With more than 20 years of experience Jose decided to take the next step and start his own business. Starting a new business was not something unfamiliar for Jose and his wife Claudia. They owned a tortilleria years back obtaining some of the knowledge and responsibilities of being self-employed.
  • January 1

    Rosa Camarillo, originally from El Salvador, has worked in the food industry for more than ten years. Since she started her first job she always dreamed on having her own restaurant that will cater to those that love Latin American food. One day, Rosita had the opportunity to make her dream come true when she finally had the resources to start building in Grape Creek (the town where she lives) her first restaurant, Rosita’s Kitchen.

  • January 1
    Lala’s Fashion owned by Jerri Fierro offers formal wear, specifically for women. The formal wear includes dresses for quinceañeras, prom, special occasions, bridal and more. Lala’s Fashion offers formal wear to the local community and surrounding rural areas. Ms. Jerri Fierro has managed Kerrie’s Creations in Ozona, TX for two and half years when she had the opportunity to run independently and establish her own company offering only formal wear under Lala’s Fashion.
  • April 28

    We often find ourselves looking for feedback, such as reviews on places or things of interest to make sure we are making the right decision or that we will make our time and money worth the while.

    Therefore, as business owners you are aware of the importance of customer reviews on your websites, social media and even word-of-mouth comments.

    Sometimes being able to handle all the feedback you received from clients can be challenging, but I guarantee it will be worth your time.

  • January 30

    Entrepreneur Mary Perkins has worked in the shoe industry for 20+ years. Ms. Perkins holds a Shoe Fitter Certification making her knowledge and expertise a great asset for her new business. Ms. Perkins’ former job gave her the opportunity to start a business of her own. When her former employer was looking to sell her business she made the offer to her only employee, Mary Perkins, giving her the opportunity to start with a large inventory.

  • January 29

    Ms. Morua has always had an innate passion for vegetation and has been working with flowers since 1998. She developed her knowledge in floriculture at a local flower shop starting as a plant care employee and ultimately became a florist. Fortunately, this experience allowed Ms. Morua to learn about flowers and plants as well as work in the management side of the business learning about vendors, costs, finances, etc.

  • November 12

    Before I started working at the Small Business Development Center, I had the same concept as many of you might have about SBDCs. The services offered by these centers are only for startups or “small” businesses. But, have you ever wondered what encompasses the term small business?

  • August 27

    With the oil boom taking place around San Angelo, more people are deciding to start businesses. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to help various clients start trucking businesses, mobile kitchens, contracting companies and other companies offering services to the oil field. We have faced challenges in the process, but in the end most clients have obtained what they sought — to be self-employed.

  • July 15

    Last month the Small Business Development Center had the opportunity to offer an employee handbook seminar as part of its seminar series. The seminar was divided into two parts, and both were extremely informative. Therefore, I would like to share some of the information: 

    Many times small businesses don’t consider having an employee handbook because of the small number of staff they have, but it is important to be aware of the significance of written policies…

  • June 3

    You want to open a business. You know almost exactly how much it will cost to start: supplies, furniture, rent, utilities, etc. But what about sales tax? As a new business owner this will be one of the first taxes you will pay once you start selling your product or service. After setting up your company either as a sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, etc., you will need to visit the State Comptroller’s Office to find out about your sales tax responsibility…

  • April 22
    Taxes are over… but does that mean you get to relax? Finances and cash flow are the lifeline of every business, are you watching yours closely enough?
  • March 15

    Many young entrepreneurs start with the idea of having their own business because they want something different, something owned. Therefore, here are five pieces of advice that I hope will help them:

  • January 28

    To some people, social encounters can be a stressful event. For the rest of us, going up and talking to a stranger ranks right up there with public speaking or having a tooth pulled. Why is that? Although many people may at first find it uncomfortable to begin networking, it is worth the effort and can help open doors you didn’t even know existed.

  • December 19
    As another year comes to an end, take a moment to look back on all that you’ve accomplished. Its not easy being a small business owner, but the pride of accomplishing what others only dream of makes it worth it. Even when things don’t work out perfectly, you have still learned….
  • November 19
    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.