ASU Small Business Development Center
ASU-SBDC Success Stories
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.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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.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...
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
New! Business Tips
As an owner of a small business sometimes little time is given to the “formalities” of managing a business and certain areas tend to be overlooked.
Performance reviews are a good example. Often, business owners work under the everyday evaluation policy without ever having a formal evaluation period; therefore, important information is missed causing potential larger problems in the business.
It is well-known that employers who hold some sort of evaluation to review employees performance yearly gain tremendous benefits. Unfortunately, the word “evaluation” usually has a bad connotation because most people will think of an evaluation as the time to bring up failures or shortcomings.Read more...
July 15th, 2014
12:00pm - 1:00pm:
Business Brown Bag: How Wellness Drives Results
EAT. LEARN. NETWORK. Don’t miss this FREE monthly noontime “bring your own brown bag” business focused speaker series.
With a stressed economy, businesses are trying to do more with less, making a healthy workforce more critical than ever.
You may be familiar with the impacts of employee absenteeism on your company’s bottom line, but what about presenteeism, often defined as being “at work, but out of it.” When sickness, injury, and anxiety go unresolved, it impacts workers’ productivity.
But does investing in a worksite wellness program pay off? We believe so and we can show you how.
If you are a small business owner, HR representative, or are just concerned about the health of your organization, and want to know more about starting a new or enhancing an existing wellness program, join us.
July 22nd, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm:
How to Write Your Business plan Part I: Focus on the Narrative
Looking for your road map to success? Then you need a business plan. Attend this seminar to learn how to write your business plan. A good business plan can save a business thousands of dollars in the long run and is a great way to avoid common pitfalls in the start up stage of any business venture. This seminar is part one of a two part Business Plan Series that we provide. Part one will focus on the business outline, writing proper narrative, and more. Part two will be focusing on how to create proper financials for your business plan.
July 24th, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm:
Sales Tax Basics: “Do I have to Collect Sales Tax?” (Ozona)
Topics covered will include completing tax returns, what is or isn’t taxable, your responsibilities as a taxpayer, Comptroller services and publications. There will be a question and answer session. This seminar will help the taxpayer gain the knowledge to collect and accurately report the state sales tax and to maintain required records.
Comments from previous attendees:
“Very helpful for a start up company.”
“As the owner of a new small business, this seminar was invaluable. Thank you for presenting this.”
“The speakers explained a great deal. I was called by the Austin Comptroller office recently due to not knowing my responsibilities as a new business owner. Now I have a general idea and I definitely know where to find additional information and answers to my questions.”
“There was a lot of useful information especially regarding exemption forms and ranchers or farmers.”
“Very glad to know these services are available. It can be so overwhelming to start a business especially when we have never attempted to do it before. Really appreciate the help and information.”
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.