ASU Small Business Development Center
ASU-SBDC Success Stories
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...
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...
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.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.”
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
New! Business Tips
I spent some time last week driving the Texas Hill Country. The winding roads through the valleys and hills offered some spectacular vistas and views of wildlife. The problem with such a drive is that while you are driving, you have to pay particular attention to the road, so you wind up only getting snippets of the beauty and can’t really appreciate it in full. Appreciating the vistas too long will put you in danger of wrecking.
During this trip, I began to realize this particular road was much like one the entrepreneur travels as he or she builds and attempts to grow a business. The road has inclines, sharp turns, down slopes, and other dangers. Fortunately, the road through the Hill Country has warning signs for dangerous curves and inclines accompanied with instruction to decrease speed.Read more...
August 26th, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm:
Social Media Marketing Made Simple
Learn the basics of the commonly used social media networks including Facebook and Twitter and how you can use them to market your business. You will learn why they are so important in today’s business world and which network would be most beneficial for your business. Used effectively, social media marketing can ensure your business stays on your customer’s mind when they need your product or service and can help you build a network of customers and contacts.
Topics to be covered:
• Which social media network is right for your business?
• Pros and Cons of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
• The Do’s and Don’ts of adding content to your pages and making posts
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
• Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
Speaker: Penny Larsen, Campaign Specialist for the San Angelo Standard-Times
*Please note – you will NOT be setting up Facebook profiles or pages at this event
August 28th, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm:
How to Hire & Retain Great Employees
Are you tired of being fooled by potential candidates?If you’re ready to improve the quality of your employees, and to hold on to those key employees then this seminar is for you. Learn how to weed out poor employees before they’re hired.
Topics to be covered include:
• Successful Hiring Practices
• Reactionary Hiring vs. Recruiting
• Identifying important skills and values
• Resources for fining a good pool of candidates
• How to hold a group interview
• Having working interviews
• Retention techniques
• Providing a sense of ownership and accountability
• Developing incentives that work
• Bonuses and perks
This seminar will be presented by Lisa Maciejewski, Owner of Gold Star Medical and GSMB Consulting Services
September 9th, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm:
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!
September 10th, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm:
Sales Tax Basics: “Do I have to Collect Sales Tax?” (Mason)
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.
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.