ASU Small Business Development Center
ASU-SBDC Success Stories
Stormi Walker, LMT, is serious about her business. As a licensed massage therapist for the last five years, Stormi has been able to expand her business size and double her number of locations. Her first business location was a very small facility in Ballinger, Texas. She then realized she wanted to add more services and rent a larger building.Read more...
Elaine Johnston has many years of bookkeeping experience with much of that experience with the same employer. As always, times change and Elaine knew that her time with that employer would soon end as he decided to retire. As valuable as her services might be to another employer, Elaine considered that it might be time for her to step out on her own and to be her own boss.Read more...
Gabriel Fernandez and Derek McIntyre joined forces in 2012 to establish their company, Angelo Solutions, LLC. Gabriel owned another company specializing in audio/video and security solutions for residential and commercial customers. When the two created the new business, they sought to expand into the emerging market of Electronic On Board Recording (EOBR) systems.Read more...
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 herRead more...
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.
Amanda Sparks and Brittany O’Malley were working together at a local restaurant when work conditions began having a negative effect on their morale. Amanda wanted to start her own cleaning business and discussed having Brittany come on board as a contract employee.Read more...
Entrepreneurs are dreamers. This statement was never truer than with Amanda Lyles. A native of San Angelo, MBA graduate of Texas Tech University and employee of the State of Texas, Amanda had a dream. She wanted to own and operate a Day Spa and had focused her energies on that goal.Read more...
As a sonogram technician, Amber Young gets to interact with women during a time that for most can be most rewarding – pregnancy. Some people love the unknown; others cannot stand it, especially when it comes to their unborn child. Part of Amber’s job is to do ultrasound scans as requested by physicians to determine the presence of any prenatal anomalies or abnormalities. A secondary purpose can be to determine the baby’s gender.Read more...
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 andRead more...
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
Cory Searcy started an online business several years ago as a sideline project while maintaining his daytime employment. His online business revolved around selling non-violent toys; toys that cause an adult to pause and reminisce because it is one they had as a child. He also focused on toys that children with special needs could play with because he saw a need for this.Read more...
Edee recently moved to the San Angelo area after leaving West Virginia. She settled in Christoval to be closer to her family. Edee baked cakes out of her home to make extra money while in West Virginia.Read more...
Nicole has owned and operated a salon in Sterling City for several years. When she first met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center her dream was to own multiple salons in the area. As luck would have it, a salon in San Angelo was up for sale.Read more...
Kendra and her brother Tyler are avid collectors of anything vintage. They started their collecting as children and want to share what they have with others. Together they wanted to start a business that provides space to those who want to sell vintage goods. Kendra and Tyler also will sell their vintage collection.Read more...
Armed with great family recipes, Elva Harness had the idea of starting her own mobile food business. Her husband had owned his own business for a number of years in the local area before selling it. With his experience in business and her recipes and experience in cooking, they bought a trailer and researched the requirements to get a health permit.Read more...
Brandon has been working as a journeyman electrician for years. He had always wanted to be a business owner so he thought it was time to go out on his own. He met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to learn more about starting a small business.Read more...
Jessica and Betsy moved to West Texas after being born and raised in a land far removed from these wide open spaces, New York. They came here to start a new life. Jessica is a trained chef and Betsy has worked in the restaurant business. An opportunity became available. A restaurant that is an icon in Robert Lee, Texas, Twisters was for sale. This was a dream come true for them. They met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to discuss the purchase of this business. Paul suggested they get to work on a business plan and showed them how toRead more...
do it. Jessica and Betsy met with almost every bank in San Angelo and none were willing to help them. They met with the bank in Robert Lee and they were granted a loan to purchase the business. Jessica says, “Paul helped with business plan and got us on the right track. He has kept in touch with us to make sure we were still OK in the whole process of the building, maintaining on our plan for our business.”
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New! Business Tips
Small Business Saturday is THIS Saturday, November 29th. Started as an effort to focus on locally owned businesses, this day falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. First observed on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday was conceived and promoted by American Express. AMEX supported the initial launch by purchasing advertising inventory on Facebook and then passing the opportunity to advertise on to their small merchant account holders.
Now in its fourth year, the event has taken on a grass roots demeanor and encourages shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses which are small and local. Even marketing firms have jumped on board to promote this Saturday event.
Rhonda Abrams, USA Today columnist and best-selling small business author, uses the word “localism” to define not only this particular day, but a shopping culture. “Localism – a movement that encourages citizens to shop at local, independent small businesses.”Read more...
December 2nd, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm:
Customer Service: Turn Good Employees Into Great Employees
How important is good customer service? It can add THOUSANDS of dollars of revenue to your business each year! At this training event you will gain helpful information to help you and your employees better serve your customers.
Event Fee: $15
December 5th, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm:
Profit Mastery: 2 Day Series
Do you want to make more profit? Are you a Business Owner, Key Manager, Entrepreneur, Business Advisor, or other money manager ready to improve your financial IQ? Attend this two day Profit Mastery ® training program to gain the skills and resources that will guide you to improving your business’s performance, increasing profits, and demystifying business finance. The keys to the success of this curriculum are built around the following: 1. A presentation style uniquely combining information, motivation, and humor 2. A case-study approach 3. Delivery formats that include live onsite and web-based streaming video 4. A unique, seven-step approach distilled from both years of business banking experience and working with thousands of business owners Profit Mastery University delivers the following curriculum sections: 1. Profit Mastery Overview 2. Financial Position 3. Price-Volume-Costs 4. Cash Flow 5. Manage Growth 6. Banks & Transition 7. Glossary and FAQs
Event Fee: $300
Half price scholarships available to eligible businesses based on industry. Please contact Dave Erickson at the ASU-SBDC for eligibility requirements. email@example.com 325.942.209
Registration Deadline November 27th
UTSA SBDC: http://www.txsbdc.org/
A partnership program with the US Small Business Administration. This cooperative agreement is partially funded by the SBA. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.