- Business Start
- SBA Loan
- Jobs Created: 11
Issac Saldivar has a background in the medical field as a surgical technician and felt he would benefit from the ASU SBDC “Essentials to Starting a Business” seminar to give him the basics he needed to begin the journey of business ownership.
The class provided helpful information that Issac leveraged to get underway with a plan to open a DBAT franchise in San Angelo.
Saldivar worked with advisor Dave Erickson to dive into the many facets of opening a franchise. The team at the SBDC assisted him through the startup process with various startup tips and business management tools. After the business was established, he reached out to get additional support with his marketing efforts from advisor Alejandro Castanon. Castanon was able to assist him with new online marketing techniques, exploring video and Instagram and also leveraging traditional marketing efforts to increase sales at DBAT during the off season.
DBAT is a premier baseball and softball training facility with over 140 franchise locations throughout the U.S.. As owner of the San Angelo franchise, Saldivar strives to provide a safe place for youth athletes to train in an environment dedicated to baseball and softball, with batting cages, pitching machines and open turf areas. DBAT currently employs nine instructors who provide guidance on site, and also offers a Pro Shop stocked with top-of-the-line Rawlings baseball equipment to outfit any player. There is also a team of four that supports the instructors, members and guests.
“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.”