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Our Mission

The mission of the ASU-SBDC rural business program is “To support small business growth and development in economically distressed rural communities throughout the Concho Valley area.”

The ASU-SBDC Rural Business Advisors, Peggy Rosser and Adriana Havins, can provide advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development for small to medium-sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities, and local governments.

The mission of the ASU-SBDC rural business program is “To support small business growth and development in economically distressed rural communities throughout the Concho Valley area.”

The Rural Business Program offers clients targeted and customized services designed to meet their needs drawing from a number of resources.

 

Business Advisory Services

Targeted counseling and training for small to medium-sized business clients in the following areas:

  • Business Plans
  • Loan Proposals
  • Contracting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Financing
  • International Trade
  • Research and Marketing
  • Technology Research and Marketing

 

Capacity Building Services

The rural business program can also provide capacity building services for communities, local governments, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations.

  • Community Assessments
  • Economic Base Analysis
  • Facilitation of Workforce Development
  • Feasibility Studies Gap Analysis
  • Gap Analysis Targeted Industry Studies
  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management Resource & Development
  • Targeted Industry Studies Leadership Development
  • Vision and Strategic Planning

 


Rural Business Advisors

  • Peggy Hodges Rosser

    Peggy Hodges Rosser, Business Development Specialist and Rural Business Manager

    Master of Arts, Certified Business Advisor IV, Business Development Specialist
    Contact:
    peggy.rosser@angelo.edu
    Phone: 325-650-3593

    Service Area:  Tom Green | Concho | McCulloch | Mason | Menard | Kimble 


    Adriana Balcorta Havins

    Adriana Balcorta-Havins

    Certified Business Advisor II, Business Development Specialist
    Contact:  adriana.balcorta@angelo.edu 

    Phone: (325) 942-2098

    Service Area:
    Tom Green |  Crockett | Irion | Sutton | Schleicher 

     

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SBDC Rural News

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    As a small business owner, have you been asked lately, “What do YOU need?”  If not, then let me say that there is a Texas group who wants to know.  The Texas Small Business Needs Assessment Poll is a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Community Development Department and the Texas Small Business Development Center Network. They are looking for your input!

    In reviewing the 2013 results of the Poll, 66% of business owners expected overall business conditions to improve.  The percentage of business expecting sales and revenue to increase was 71%.  Most of the businesses responding were small businesses with one to five employees.

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    Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual America’s SBDC conference in Grapevine, Texas. There were three full days of intense learning about different industries and how advisors can use best practices to serve such industries. One of the workshops I attended was given by Rhonda Abrams, a successful entrepreneur that presented the topic “The Leap: The Next Level for Business.” Rhonda Abrams has conducted in-depth research with entrepreneurs in many industries throughout the country to identify the key factors contributing to their ability to turn small businesses into mid-sized companies.  During the presentation Abrams talked about the importance of having a strategy in place to grow your business and leaving aside the fear of having to personally control everything to get this accomplished. In summary, these are the main points discussed during her presentation: 

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    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.