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    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.

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    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.

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    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 and
    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
    help.”

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    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.

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    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.
    

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    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.

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    Terry and Dusty built a successful diesel engine repair business that focuses on the oilfield industry. They came to the ASU SBDC and Director Dave Erickson to discuss creating a new machining business that would complement their existing engine repair business. Currently they have to send out machining work to other machine shops. They had an opportunity to purchase machine shop equipment and began the planning process by working with Erickson. They worked together on structure of business, organizational chart, employee needs, and marketing. The Thompson’s, on their own, built the machine shop building and installed the equipment purchased previously. They are now testing the equipment and will soon be ready for machining business. 

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    Mason Greenstar manufactures building components out of paper waste and a patented blend of binding solutions. Recent developments have led to their engaging in conversations with some very LARGE producers of cellulose. These cellulose producers see using Mason Greenstar processes to turn their refuse into environmentally friendly building materials.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    April 13

    As it is said, “I know I’m preaching to the choir,” when I say that customers will help you build and grow your small business.  Business owners constantly work to get referrals from their customers but sometimes it is good hear about and explore different techniques which may sharpen your skills.

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Upcoming Events

April 25th, 2014

  • Image preview 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: $355
    To register for event please contact Debbie Sartain at (325) 481-8322.
    Registration Deadline April 14th
    For eligible participants, full cost of the seminar can be covered by the Skills for Small Business Grant. For More Grant Information Contact Jamie Rainey at (325) 481-8300 ext. 3222 or jrainey@howardcollege.edu

April 28th, 2014

  • Image preview 9:30am - 12:00pm: How to Do Business with the Government
    Interested in Federal Government Contracting? Find the Missing Pieces to Your Success! At this training event you will learn how to get started with federal contracts, understanding RFPs, searching for contracts, developing past performance descriptions, costing strategies, forming teaming relationships, understanding key terms, and much more. If you are interested in doing business with the government soon or even a few years down the line you don’t want to miss this informative event!

    Event Fee:  $15
    Topics:  Business Start-up/Preplanning, Selling to Government
    To pay online before the event please use the ASU-SBDC PayPal System. Accepts CC, Debit Card, and PayPal payments. All training event fees are non-refundable accept when a training event is cancelled or if you cancel by email at least 5 business days prior to the date of the training event. Parking for the Business Resource Center is available on Chadbourne St., 1st St., and in the BRC parking lot.

May 6th, 2014

  • Image preview 6:00pm - 8:30pm: Customer Service for Success
    Let us help you build up your customer service skills. At this training event you will gain helpful information to help you and your employees better serve your customers.

    Event Fee:  $15

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