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ASU-SBDC Success Stories

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    Master of Electricity

    February 3

    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.

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    It WORKS!

    May 15

    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.

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    That is Juan Great Taco!!!

    January 29

    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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    More than a Day at the Spa!

    January 28

    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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    Simply Stylish

    January 28

    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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    Helping Make Your Home Sparkle!

    January 28

    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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    Remember When? Toys

    February 3

    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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    Mason Greenstar BLOX is makin’ it!

    January 29

    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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    Remote Monitoring Solutions

    February 3

    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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    Delicioso!!

    January 28

    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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    Keeping the Numbers Straight

    February 3

    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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    Baby’s First Close Up

    January 28

    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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    Custom Cakes in Christoval

    February 3

    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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    Flavors with a Twist

    January 28

    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 to
    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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    Deco Gone Mad

    January 29

    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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New! Business Tips

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    Working capital is key

    July 27

    While one of our interns was doing some file compilation, he brought to my attention that I had a high influx of clients in May compared with other months.

    He asked me, “What is the reason?” After trying to think of different reasons, my conclusion was that around midyear people have thought about starting a business long enough and maybe have received some extra money from their tax return to start the new journey.

    But the million-dollar question becomes, “How much money do I need to start my business?” 

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Upcoming Events

August 4th, 2014

  • Image preview 3:00pm - 5:30pm: QuickBooks: 4 Part Series
    Our QuickBooks series is a great opportunity for those of you looking to learn more about the program. The QuickBooks Series consists of four face to face seminars facilitated by local Senior Bookkeeper, Nancy Switzer from Oliver, Rainey, & Wojtek. This seminar is perfect for beginners who want to get a basic understanding of the program and how it operates. It also makes for an excellent refresher course for those who are already skilled in QuickBooks. In this open classroom setting we provide hands on training and skills. Each participant is issued a computer and a guidebook to work through different lessons with your instructor. Keep in mind basic computer skills are required. 

    Event Fee:  $150
    Event Dates: August 4th, 6th, 11th, & 14th

August 7th, 2014

  • Image preview 6:00pm - 8:30pm: So You Want to Start a Trucking Company
    Have you imagined being the owner of a trucking company? Let us help you get up and running successfully. What you will learn: • Overview of Trucking Basics • What to know Before You Can Start Trucking • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles • Insurance • Safety Programs • IRS Information • And much more!

August 14th, 2014

  • Image preview 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Sales Tax Basics: “Do I have to Collect Sales Tax?” (Menard)
    Topics covered will include completing tax returns, what is or is not 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.

August 19th, 2014

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South-West Texas Small Business Development Center

UTSA SBDC: http://www.txsbdc.org/

 

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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.

ASU SBDC Mission & Vision Statement

  • The mission of the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center is to foster small business success in the ten counties that comprise the SBDC service area. Our vision is to be recognized as a premier business development organization in the Concho Valley. 

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  • ASU-SBDC

    Phone: 325-942-2098
    E-mail: sbdc@angelo.edu
    www.sbdc.angelo.edu

  • Small Business Development Center
    Mailing Address:

    ASU Station #10910,
    San Angelo, TX 76909-0910

    Phone: 325-942-2098
    Fax: 325-942-2096
    E-mail: sbdc@angelo.edu

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    Physical Address:
    69 North Chadbourne St.
    (Old Coca Cola Administration Bldg.)

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