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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 her
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 and
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
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.
Mason Greenstar is sitting on the cusp of becoming a household name in the home
construction business. Working for years to create a consistent building block which would satisfy testing requirements, Zach Rabon, President unveiled automated equipment recently delivered from Canada to Mason, Texas.
Every successful business either satisfies a need, a perceived need, or a desire. Cindy Warren realized through personal experience and work-related experience that cell phone service in remote areas of West Texas could be spotty at best. She researched the issue and learned there was a product available to help boost cell phone signals and provide better service in these remote areas.
Jennifer Swink Meagher and advisor Peggy Rosser have established a long-term relationship spanning over the past 20+ years. Peggy was Jennifer’s Fifth Grade Teacher! As a ten year old, Peggy knew Jennifer was talented, “Jennifer was always full of ideas, art projects and wanted to help everyone with which ever project they were doing! I remember her like it was just yesterday and she was a ten year old sitting in my classroom. Now she’s a business owner!”
TaeLynne Graper has an eye and talent for photography that only exists in those that have a passion for it. TaeLynne, a self-taught photographer, has continually sought ways to challenge herself and improve her skills and talent as photographer.
When David Sanchez was interested in buying a building and opening a sign shop, he approached Sonora Bank and spoke with banker Tonya Brown. Tonya called Angelo State University Small Business Development Center and Rural Advisor Peggy Rosser for assistance. Peggy, Tonya and David met to discuss his business.
Art was asked to be a presenter at the MFT national conference in Nashville. He had always wanted to start his own practice and thought this would be a good time to do just that. Art was unsure about business structure so he met with Advisor Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center for assistance.
Stephen started Team Spirit after selling a successful business about two years ago. The business provides t-shirts, uniforms and jerseys to many of the young sports teams in San Angelo and the surrounding area. The business has grown over these two years to the extent that Stephen was having trouble keeping up with all of his orders.
After working with Paul Howard, a Small Business Development Center Advisor, Orlando was able to hit the ground running in his adventure to start his own health and fitness store…
Mandy found her niche while working for someone else. She really enjoyed booking travel plans for the executives where she was employed. So much so that she started her own agency. Mandy was very happy with the success of her business but knew she had to start a marketing campaign.
Mary has been teaching Zumba classes at Goodfellow Air Force Base for about four years. She wanted to be a small business owner so she contacted the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center and met with Advisor Paul Howard.
Susan is a retired educator and inventor. She invented a device that helps those that have trouble sitting upright. Susan went through the process of building a prototype and getting a patent for this invention…
Keith and Scott grew up on a farm and it is in their blood. They worked the family farm until they grew up but they determined that it was not as profitable as they thought it should be. So, they diversified and not only farmed but started installing irrigation systems to improve the farmland…
Christi and her husband currently own and operate a successful business, but she wanted to branch out on her own. Christi began purchasing costumes over the years to use for parties and special events. She thought this could lead to a business opportunity…
Will and his brother Phillip were raised by their grandmother. Over many years they enjoyed her cooking immensely. Will attended Angelo State University and acquired a teaching degree. He taught for a couple of years and really enjoyed it. However, he and his brother talked about opening a restaurant that featured their grandmother’s recipes…
Edward (Eddie) Martinez owned a small business that specialized in structural wiring solutions for the security and audio/visual needs of his residential and commercial commercial customers. With his business growing, Eddie began looking for ways to protect his his personal assets, build his brand, and add a sense of legitimacy to his business…
Melissa and her husband operated a graphics design business in south Texas when circumstances brought them to San Angelo. They brought their business with them, locating it on the west side of San Angelo. Like any new business or established business in a new location, Melissa found her business struggling…
Mandy found her niche while working for someone else. She really enjoyed booking travel plans for the executives where she was employed. So much so that she started her own agency. Mandy was very happy with the success of her business but knew she had to start a marketing campaign. She contacted the Angelo State University · Small Business Development Center and met with Advisor Paul Howard…
Genesis Perdue has been cutting and styling hair for several years. After paying booth rent all that time, she decided it was time for her to open her salon and begin collecting booth rent instead of paying it. And when Genesis makes up her mind to do something, she is going to make it happen!
When Steve & Steve, partners at Trail’s End Gunworks, LLC, decided they needed to move locations, they came to the SBDC looking for answers to questions regarding the move.