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San Angelo, TX 76903
325-942-2098

Small Business Development Center

Building the Texas Economy, One Business at a Time

The ASU SBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is part of a regional network of SBDCs throughout the Texas South-West Network. Our services include confidential, one-on-one, no-cost business advising services by Certified Business Advisors, along with a diverse array of business training events. Some of their areas of expertise include; Business Startup or Expansion, Business Financing, Business Planning, Doing Business with the Government, Loan Proposals, and Marketing. Contact us today to set up a no-cost and confidential appointment with an SBDC advisor.

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HR Minute for February 2024

Independent Contractor Final Rule Released. You may have heard that the Department of Labor (DOL) has published a final rule regarding the independent contractor classification that will take effect March 11. This rule has somewhat codified definitions and restrictions that were already effectively being used in audit and investigation. 

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  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2731/55897_IMG_4018.rev.1704989492.jpg 3x" data-max-w="4096" data-max-h="2731" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19301-rooted-wellness-clinic-pllc">Rooted Wellness Clinic, PLLC</a></h3><p> “SBDC has been a vital resource center in helping RWC become a successful new business in SA. James Leavelle directed me down the right path and guided me through the process of creating a professional business plan. I will continue to lean on the SBDC for guidance as I navigate through the obstacles as a new business woman.” </p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/778,0,3506,2730/56174_IMG_2711.rev.1707404773.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2728" data-max-h="2730" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19321-beautitud-hair-salon">Beautitud Hair Salon</a></h3><p> “I thought I had to get a business degree to open a business, but I was referred to the ASU SBDC. Getting the help to start my business at no cost was amazing and helpful.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/267,0,1342,1075/55892_IMG_2648.rev.1704988992.JPG 2x" data-max-w="1075" data-max-h="1075" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19293-the-canine-resort-daycare">The Canine Resort & Daycare</a></h3><p> “Angelina Torres was very supportive and helpful with every question that I had and was able to provide me with the research that we needed to purchase the business.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/119,0,1193,1075/55891_IMG_2638.rev.1704988797.JPG 2x" data-max-w="1074" data-max-h="1075" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19290-the-pit-bbq">The Pit BBQ</a></h3><p> “It’s a great program. The SBDC helped me in acquiring knowledge on how to get my business established.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,536,536/55893_Kyler_Dean_1.rev.1704989087.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,536,536/55893_Kyler_Dean_1.rev.1704989087.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,536,536/55893_Kyler_Dean_1.rev.1704989087.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="380" data-max-w="536" data-max-h="536" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19294-kyler-dean">Kyler Dean</a></h3><p> “Elisabeth helped make my vision come to life. The SBDC put me in the direction to grow my music career and sales. Since working together, I have created a professional appearance as a country artist.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/0,0,4096,2730/55895_IMG_7068.rev.1704989304.jpg 3x" data-max-w="4096" data-max-h="2730" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19297-ascend-contractor-solutions-llc">Ascend Contractor Solutions, LLC</a></h3><p> “The SBDC staff were absolutely great to work with. They coached me through all the technical pieces of our business plan and provided a keen perspective on what lenders and/or investors would look for in our expansion. They made our idea look so good on paper that I can now confidently approach lenders with our plans.” </p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/679,0,3407,2730/56208_IMG_6976_2.rev.1707836502.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2728" data-max-h="2730" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19323-watson-wood-law-pllc">Watson Wood Law, PLLC</a></h3><p> “SBDC has been incredibly helpful, particularly getting up and running, for my law practice! Dezaray’s knowledge is invaluable as a partner to help me build a successful practice in the community I love.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/198,0,1273,1075/55894_Sweet_Vs_2.rev.1704989264.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1075" data-max-h="1075" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19296-sweet-vs-candy-shop">Sweet V’s Candy Shop</a></h3><p> “Mr. Leavelle made everything easy for us to start our business.”</p>
  • <p><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="380" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/105/width/380/height/380/crop/1/src_region/225,0,1300,1075/55896_IMG_7174.rev.1704989396.JPG 2x" data-max-w="1075" data-max-h="1075" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </p><p class="subtitle"> Success Stories</p><h3><a href="/live/news/19299-intellivega">Intellivega</a></h3><p> “SBDC is a highly trusted partner who provides us with actionable insights and recommendations that ensure we chart our course in the right direction as we grow and evolve.”</p>

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Learn Online with ASU SBDC

ASU SBDC offers a variety of online learning options that feature lessons and resources hosted by the ASU SBDC and our partners. 

Small Business Management Certificate Program

Starting a new business is an overwhelming challenge. The ASU-SBDC developed the Small Business Management Certificate Program to help meet the needs of aspiring small business owners. The program will help participants build essential business skills and knowledge on how to run a successful business. Once you complete the requirements, you will receive your SBMCP certificate.

Funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact  ASU-SBDC at ASU Station #10910, San Angelo, Texas, 76909-0910, 325-942-2098.