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Rural Business Program

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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

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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

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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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    Are you significant?

    Recently I heard the word, significant, used in conjunction with employees. The motivational speaker asked, “Do your employees feel significant?” The combination of the words “employees and significant” combined into one thought was an unusual combination and it took me a minute to wrap my thoughts around it.

    Employees are commonly referred to as being valued, irreplaceable, important, empowered, happy, productive and a variety of other adjectives, but the single word, significant, carries its own unique connotation.

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    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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    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.

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