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    “I am so glad that the SBDC program is at Angelo State University.  Peggy has been a blessing and great help with the financing and projections to help me get my loan.  I look forward to her coming to Mason and meeting with me as I grow my company,” current owner of Joy’s of the Southwest, Kyla Rasch stated.



     
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    Carlos De La Rosa III, former baseball player, started coaching young baseball players interested in developing their skills. His passion turned into an opportunity to establish his business and take the young players into competition. With this business idea Carlos visited with adviser Havins to obtain the necessary guidance to start his business, Southwest SelectShow Baseball, LLC. Carlos explained the assistance given, “Adriana helped me start myLLC, and with all the questions along the way. She has been extremely helpful.”
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    Mendez Café started from Tomas Mendez’s dream to open his own restaurant. As mentioned,Tomas Mendez was the head cook for a lot of local popular restaurants in San Angelo. TomasMendez decided to take a risk and open his current business in 2011.
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    Nancy Craig was working as a licensed massage therapist in Arkansas when her husband’s job brought them to San Angelo. Nancy explored possibilities of being an employee of a spa or of owning her own business. After learning what she could, Nancy settled on owning her own business and renting a room from a spa.To make sure that she set her business up correctly, Nancy contacted the AngeloState University – Small Business Development Center for assistance. She was assigned to business advisor James Leavelle.
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    Alena Creamer and Savannah Galbreath have been tattoo artists for a few years and recently became frustrated with some of the conditions at the tattoo shop they were working. It was enough of a problem they made a decision to open their own shop.One of their first steps was to contact the Angelo State University – Small BusinessDevelopment Center for assistance. They were assigned to business advisor James Leavelle.James met with Alena and Savannah and learned more about their business and their needs.Their primary request was for assistance gaining funding and for making sure they set their business up properly.
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    The Rasberrys found that their recipe for making German sausage was becoming quite popular and realized that they had an opportunity to turn something they love – cold smoked sausage – into something profitable. After some talk and consideration, they decided to take their business idea to the next level and began seeking financing.Their lender was receptive their business idea and referred them to the Angelo StateUniversity – Small Business Development Center. They were assigned to business advisor James Leavelle.
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    HOPEgrocerybags, LLC started after former teacher Hope Garza decided to make her hobby of sewing into a business by creating fashionable and reusable grocery bags with the goal of Helping Our PlanetEarth (HOPE). Mrs. Hope Garza contacted adviser Havins looking for guidance to start her own business. After visiting with the adviser, she decided to enroll into the Small Business ManagementCertificate Program offered by the SBDC to acquire the basic skills of starting and owning a business.
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    Jessica had always wanted to start her own business. After trying a couple of times with other ideas, she and her father decided to try importing products to the U. S. and wholesaling and retailing them.
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    Steven obtained an engineering degree from Texas Tech University. He worked in the industry for a few years, but it was not what he thought it would be. Steven picked up a camera when he was young and he was hooked.
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    Joann Sanchez knows the customer side of the restaurant business! She has spent the majority of her working years in the food service industry. Having a business of her own, has always been a goal of hers.
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    Rico’s Café is now open on the north side of Mason. Eloy Rico, a long time cook, has openedhis own restaurant!Eloy has worked for every restaurant in the area and when he decided he would open his veryown restaurant. He discussed his idea with the bankers at Commercial Bank of Mason andthey suggested Eloy contact the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center.