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Success Stories

Watson Wood Law, PLLC

“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.”

Beautitud Hair Salon

“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.”

Rooted Wellness Clinic, PLLC

“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.” 


“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.”

Ascend Contractor Solutions, LLC

“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.” 

Sweet V’s Candy Shop

“Mr. Leavelle made everything easy for us to start our business.”

Kyler Dean

“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.”

The Canine Resort & Daycare

“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.”

The Ground Guys Landscaping, LLC

“Elisabeth was very helpful and professional in starting our LLC. We look forward to continued assistance from the SBDC.” 

The Pit BBQ

“It’s a great program. The SBDC helped me in acquiring knowledge on how to get my business established.”

Chicken Farm Ventures LLC

“James has been awesome in providing guidance in purchasing our new business! He has warned us against pitfalls and taught us new ways to look at our financials to determine our purchase viability. We are looking forward to working with James in more detail on scaling our new business and improving our business operations.”

Radiant Light Yoga LLC

“James was incredibly helpful. I am an elementary school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned yoga teacher and now turned studio owner. I knew very little, and James ‘held my hand’ along the way. This started as an idea, and now Radiant Light Yoga is a reality.”

Hasty Distributing

“The SBDC has been a valuable resource in completing my business plan. During this process I was sent information on a grant through Texas Women’s University for Women Entrepreneurs and received $5000. I am grateful for having SBDC as a resource to guide me as I grow my business.”

Duck-ees LLC, dba PRE-EZ

“James was highly knowledgeable and very helpful. He helped us prepare our cashflow projections for the SBA loan.”

Angelo Appraisals

“Dezaray Johnson and Dave Erickson were invaluable in helping me obtain my SBA Loan. They were professional and helpful every step of the way. The SBDC is an asset to our community.”

DBAT San Angelo

“Hard work pays off, and having the guidance of the SBDC available to me during a time that everything was new, being able to lean on them, the SBDC was helpful in starting the business and again with advertising.”

The Royal Touch Pet Sitting

“The quality of help I have received could not be bought, even if funds were available. I find it miraculous that this kind of help is offered at no charge. I am learning how to use information and materials that before were non-existent or only a dream. My advisor, Dezaray, is knowledgeable in all areas of our work and always seems genuinely interested in the growth and image of my business. I could not be more delighted than I am in working with her.”

FroYo & Sweets Downtown

“Dezaray, you have been such a great resource. I truly am thankful for you, your support, and all the knowledge you pour into me.”

Bubba D’S Barbecue

“The SBDC of San Angelo has made my dreams a reality, and for that I am forever grateful. I will continue to have more sessions with the SBDC in the coming days to help better myself to have a more successful business.”

Reyes Diesel Services

“The advisors at SBDC are very knowledgeable and take pride in helping their clients.”

Jelly Nonprofit Consulting

“The SBDC has been an immense help to my business over the last couple of years. I know I can reach out to James or Dave and receive support quickly. They’re doing a great job!”

Halfmann’s Cake Cottage

“The SBDC was able to guide me through the application process and help answer questions needed to finish applications. They are always helpful in getting answers to questions relating to business operations, and that’s always beneficial.”

Texas Preventative Maintenance Pro

“Ms. Johnson has helped me every step of the way and made what seemed impossible a reality.”

Plateau Brewing Co.

Ross Baxter and his partners applied to the San Angelo Business Plan Competition to acquire early capital for their brewery and bar start-up business.

Monk Art Gallery and Wine Bar

“The SBDC is such an asset to the development of the business economy of San Angelo. Alejandro’s insight and knowledge are immeasurable. His guidance has made this venture so pleasurable.”

The Bearded Barista

“The SBDC is a tremendous source of information, support, and encouragement to our small business community. They were instrumental in helping us prepare to open our business and they have continued to be an invaluable partner throughout our first year. If anyone is considering opening a new business or even expanding an existing one, your first call should be to the SBDC. They are an absolute treasure trove of knowledge and experience.”

ARock Salon

“SBDC provided substantial information to get the proper licensing and documentation to make my move.”

Company Printing

“The SBDC’s advice was critical, especially during the early days of the pandemic when there was so much business uncertainty and confusion about the PPP loan.”

Ranch Road Boots

“I sincerely appreciates the proactive approach Dave and team have taken to support my business in San Angelo.”

Cowboy Up Chocolates

“The SBDC guided me in purchasing the business and developing a business plan and goals for company growth.”