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    “America’s Funniest Home Video” has provided an opportunity for the general public to laugh at the antics of small children, goofy grandparents and funny animals.

    With the Internet, this type of video is available instantly through myriad online portals. Your business, regardless if you are on the Internet or not, can be directly affected. What are you doing to manage the reputation of your business?

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    When you make a decision to start a business, sometimes one of the first things you might do is go to the bank to open a new business account.

    Many times, the bank’s new accounts assistant will request you secure a DBA before opening the checking account.

    The DBA as it is called is an acronym for “Doing Business As.”

    This name is also referred to as a trade name or an assumed name. If you choose a name for your business as anything other than your own personal name, then you need to register it…

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    When it comes to signage, there is a lot to know. And by not knowing, you might miss your sign from being seen when you want it to be seen. In a fast paced world, a fancy design or font might do more harm than good when you consider how long you have to get your sign read. Peggy Rosser, ASU-SBDC Rural Business Manager, decided she wanted to know more about the regulations and research regarding signage and found there is much more than what meets the eye…

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    “I bet this one will match!” – Finally, Joanne Heady with Serenity Quilts of Many Colors, has enough room in her new building.  She built a new building which fronts TX Hwy 87 and expanded her business!  The new, big, red building located on the SW corner is hard to miss!
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    Entrepreneurial success begins in childhood.All it takes is an astute parent to mentor and guide the child to discover they can make money using their talents. Since my last Business Tips article, based on the book “Young Bucks, How to Raise a Future Millionaire” by Troy Dunn, I’ve been searching my memory bank for examples. I’ll share those examples as well as explore some Dunn has identified.
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    It started simple. I had cut some mistletoe out of the tree and hung it above my front door. The grandchildren liked knowing it was there and wanted some to take home. I assured them that they probably already had some growing in one of their trees, but nonetheless they set a plan in motion…

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    With a little guidance from SBDC Advisor, Peggy Hodges, White Wings leather goods is ready for flight!
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    When was the last time you felt like you had THE next great patentable idea? Many people feel this “spark of genius” at different times, but the idea is already taken, or they fail to keep proper documentation… don’t let that happen to you!
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    Employees who feel disgruntled? Tasks that they could handle being passed up to the manager? This could be a case of lack of employee empowerment. Find out from Peggy Rosser how empowering your employees can lead to greater customer satisfaction…
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    Peggy’s last article in her series based on the book “Getting things Done,” just might help all of us get a little more done…

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    Does your project need an extra push to move forward? Many people are good at the beginning stages of developing an idea, but they tend to fall off when it gets to implementation.

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    Do you struggle with getting things done? One of the most difficult things to do is to wade through a growing pile of to-do lists. Not to worry. There are ways to break down that mountain of tasks and be sure you are in control, not your to-dos. Peggy Rosser shares how.
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    Peggy Hodges continues her 5 part series on “Getting Things Done.”  Do you have a tendency to get stuck on things? Do you experience too much stress? Learn how to move past these hurdles and experience higher efficiency.
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    Twenty years ago at the age of 17, Mexico immigrant, Ignacio Ramirez walked from Del Rio, Texas to Mason, Texas. After 17 years of cooking, he and his wife Lisa decided it was time for him to open his own restaurant.  
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    Stressed? Overwhelmed? Not sure how you will possibly get everything done? You’re not alone, and more people these days are feeling the same way. Here’s one thing you can do to improve your ability to, “Get things DONE!”
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    Jim and R.J. Rooney have expanded! They have added City Manager Solutions to their already successful People Smart Tools. City Manager Solutions provides a systematic approach for a city council to provide effective leadership.
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    Clay investigated the possibility of purchasing a Chicken Express franchise and reached out to the Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center and Rural Business Advisor, Peggy Hodges Rosser, for assistance.
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    It had been some time since I had been stumped in learning something seemingly so simple as rules in a card game. But it immediately caused me to think about new employees and how they learn and how we teach them.
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    A love of wine and a passion for business led the Dotson-Cervantes team to contact Peggy Hodges. They knew they wanted to start a Texas wine business and Peggy was ready to help. 
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    In addition to helping small businesses, our rural business advisor Peggy Hodges also works with economic development corporations and chambers of commerce to help create better economic conditions for rural small business owners. 
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    Whether you are asking a client to pay their bill or justifying a fee increase, it is the preparation before the call that can secure your success. 

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    New employees and new growth have kept Mason Greenstar very busy. SBDC Advisor Peggy Hodges Rosser meets with Mason Greenstar on a monthly basis to provide ongoing assistance with this fast growing, eco-friendly, building materials company.
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    When the Johnson’s approached their banker, Tonya Brown, she suggested they contact Small Business Development Advisor at Angelo State University, Peggy Hodges.
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    When Anothony decided he wanted to own his own Air Conditioning Repair business, his friend and owner of World Class Taxidermy, Justin Mathews (also an SBDC client), suggested he contact the Small Business Development Center at Angelo State University.
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    Owner of The Barrel House, Sue Marchbank, is living her long sought after dream. She has always wanted to own a winery and she has done just that!
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    When Justin Mathews began his taxidermy business, World Class Taxidermy, five years ago in Sonora, he had hoped that someday he would own his own building.
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    Bruce McWhorter, aircraft engine mechanic, was looking for a town to locate his new business. He searched the internet for guidance on the process and called the Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center.
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    I signed one, you probably have signed one, and hopefully the next person you hire will sign one. What are we all signing? A confidentiality agreement, the promise that whatever information we learn about you and your business, we will protect it and not share it.