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J Bar Meats LLC SBDC Success Story

Economic Impact

  • Started Business
  • Jobs Created: 3

Jack Graves has owned a local deer processing plant, J’s Processing, for several years. In the offseason, he would assist ranchers in South Texas with specialty meat processing for shipping to other national markets.

His experience in this began to ignite an idea in Jack’s mind about opening his own meat processing business in San Angelo. He researched potential revenue streams and began to formulate a plan and business model. He contacted his banker and was referred to the ASU Small Business Development Center for assistance with writing a business plan with financial projections.

Jack met with James Leavelle, senior certified business advisor, and learned more about what was needed for his business plan. The two worked diligently together over several weeks to collect all the information needed for the plan and financial projections. At the end of the process, Jack was awarded the loan funds he needed to start his business.

Jack then learned about the San Angelo Business Plan competition. Jack entered the competition and worked with James to further refine his business plan as he moved through the various levels of competition. Jack ultimately took first place in the 2019 San Angelo Business Plan Competition. He was very happy with and appreciative of the assistance he received from James and the SBDC.

“James helped me throughout the entire process of the SBA loan. I feel like he was the sole reason the process was so successful.”

Jack & Kim Graves