ASU Small Business Development Center
ASU-SBDC Success Stories
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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.”
New! Business Tips
Yes, it is true; your small business can sell to the government. The only thing standing in your way is learning how to “talk the talk.” The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center can help you understand the needs of federal, state and local purchasers.
Learn all about it Tuesday by attending “How to do Business with the Government.” The training session is from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Business Resource Center, 69 N. Chadbourne St. Check-in will be at 9 a.m., and the fee is $15. Selling to the government is open to all businesses!
Small business owners will learn about requests for proposals, how to search for contracts specific to their products and services, and the value of forming team relationships.Read more...
September 18th, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm:
10-Week FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ Workshop
FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ is a course designed to support entrepreneurs seeking to take their existing businesses to the next level. This 10-week course helps existing entrepreneurs analyze their current business situation to identify the best opportunities for growth. Budgeting, sales strategies, management team roles, operational systems and business plan implementation are key areas of emphasis. The course also facilitates networking between entrepreneurs and professionals.
The 30-hour FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ program is valued at $900, but will be offered for $800 locally. A $400 scholarship may be available pending on approval of a public entity interested in supporting entrepreneurship and small business development on a “first come-first served” basis to qualified applicants.
Those interested should contact Dave Erickson, (ASU SBDC) at 325-942-2098 or Mike Mikeworth at email@example.com Visit www.wtin.org for more information.
September 24th, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm:
Sales Tax Basics: “Do I have to Collect Sales Tax?” (Sonora)
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.
September 30th, 2014
6:00pm - 8:30pm:
Analyzing & Managing Your Cash Flow
Managing your cash flow can be tricky! At this training event we will help you better understand how to maximize your cash flow and keep a steady flow moving in and out of your business. We will cover various topics, and key terms to help you manage your cash flow such as: fixed & variable costs, contribution margin, and your break-even point.
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.