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  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $500,000
  • Incresed Sales: $5 Million
  • Jobs Created: 10
Twin Aviation, Inc., is an ASA-100 accredited independent distributor of aircraft parts and supplies. Their emphasis is on military aircraft equipment, and in particular the Black Hawk helicopter. Through advanced inventory management, deep market knowledge, and experience the company is able to provide customers with parts much faster than many original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers.

Twin Aviation also has a team of mechanics in the field to make onsite repairs for customers. Vice President Sergio Gonzalez first met with the International Trade Center SBDC in 2007. International Business Advisor

Berenice Carmona provided assistance with country and industry specific market research, analysis of potential buyers and sellers in target markets, guidance on expanding into new global markets, and assistance with export control compliance.

As a result of the assistance Sergio received from the International Trade Center, Twin Aviation has been able to reach out into new countries and expand its existing business. This year they have increased sales by more than 200%, and now have major contracts in Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Turkey, and very soon will be expanding into the Middle East.

We are excited about our future and we know the International Trade Center will be key to help with our market development.”

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  • Business Startup/Expansion
  • Owner Investment
  • Contracts Awarded: $120,004
  • Jobs Retained: 3
Tim Porter is founder and CEO of Appddiction Studio, which specializes in mobile application development, web applications, and designs utilizing multiple platforms. Appddiction takes clients’ visions and transforms them into focused, functional, and user-friendly designs.

Tim is a service-disabled veteran who served in the military for many years before being injured in the line of duty. He started Appddiction Studio in 2011 with the help of the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Business Advisor Curtis Mohler worked extensively with Porter providing complete business startup

services including assistance with obtaining local, city, county, and state certifications as well as registrations in support of state and federal solicitations. They also helped develop a winning marketing capability brief for the public sector market.

Tim Porter is not only a rising star entrepreneur but also a premier community leader evidenced by his creation of the Appddiction’s StopBullies program. This program is designed to combat bullying by empowering victims and witnesses to take action. Appddiction is rapidly growing and recently secured a contract with the San Antonio VIA Metro Transit for $80,000.

We are excited about our future and we know the International Trade Center will be key to help with our market development.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • Commercial Loan: $1.4 Million
  • Jobs Created: 10
  • Jobs Retained: 40
Genaro Gonzalez and Olga Martinez emigrated to the United States from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and started Oasis Tire and Wheels in 1999. Over time, Oasis grew from one to two locations and the couple was looking to expand their business further. When an opportunity to purchase three new locations presented itself, Genaro and Olga contacted the El Paso Community College SBDC.

Business Advisor Art Anchondo provided assistance with developing and readying financial projections that were crucial in obtaining SBA 504 loan approvals. Together,

they compiled consolidated financial projections for the operating and passive companies and completed the loan packaging in December of 2013. Genaro and Olga were approved for over $2.8 million in loans.

The couple is a classic example that opportunity is still alive and well in the United States. When opportunity is coupled with an extraordinary work ethic, you get people like Genaro and Olga that have grown a small one store operation to five locations and over $6 million in sales.

I felt very comfortable working with my business advisor. He is very knowledgable and we will continue to work him and the SBDC on our future plans.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $333,926
  • Commercial Loan: $224,826
  • Jobs Retained: 2
Alpine Furniture Store, Inc. is a family run company that has been in business for over 15 years. The company was established in 1999 by Frank & Dale Ohl, and was turned over to family members Eric and Ann Foust in 2004. Alpine sells furniture, bedding, household appointments, and tourist items.

After experiencing some success, the Fousts were interested in expanding and moving the business to a permanent location. Their CPA referred the couple to the Sul Ross SBDC for assistance.

They began working with Business Advisors Patricia Long and Ken Winkles. The couple received training on QuickBooks and was advised on debt consolidation and loan packaging.

The assistance from the SBDC allowed Alpine Furniture to expand to include two additional companies, Alpine Solar Sales and Alpine Secure Storage. The Fousts were also able to move and settle into a new location where the three separate but united businesses are thriving.

Our advisors were great! They were both patient and professional and thanks to them, we are a better business.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • Loan: $100,000
  • Jobs Created: 2
  • Jobs Retained: 2
After 15 years working with other companies in the industry, Eddie Martinez’s career had reached a plateau where further advancement with his employer wasn’t possible. Unsatisfied with the position, he made the decision to step out on his own and start a structural cabling business. Eddie and his wife Jenny carved out a corner of their dining room to be his office and turned their home phone into their business phone.

During the initial stages of his starting his business, Eddie contacted the Angelo State University SBDC where he met Business Advisor James Leavelle. James advised Eddie on general business management principles

and helped move EDI from a sole proprietorship to an LLC. James was also able to provide assistance that allowed the company to be listed on the Texas Centralized Master Bidders List.

EDI has doubled their workforce and outgrown the home office. For a short time, they leased a small office and have since purchased a facility with over 2,000 square feet of storage and office space. In the first year of operation, the company grossed over $200,000 in revenue and received the Start-Up of the Year Award from the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

The ASU SBDC was instrumental in establishing EDI as an LLC, and helped me understand and deal with tax and IRS issues.”

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  • Business Startup/Expansion
  • Increased Sales: $54,000
  • Jobs Created: 7
  • Jobs Retained: 5
Coach Kevin Pitasi began his love for gymnastics and tumbling over 20 years ago. Kevin is a USA Gymnastics Safety Certified Coach and holds a Power Tumbling Certification from the Texas tumbling and Trampoline Association. After moving to Eagle Pass from Dallas, Kevin was struggling to find a job that suited his education and skills so he decided to start his own business.

Kevin came to the SBDC with the idea to build a large gymnastics and tumbling facility. At the beginning, the SBDC put Kevin in contact with a large gym where he rented a small classroom and taught 30-40 students. He also worked with Business Advisor Cynthia Gomez to

obtain the licenses and permits needed for the business in addition to receiving assistance with recordkeeping.

With the assistance of the SBDC, after only one year in operation, Awesome Athletics is now located in a 3,100 sq. ft. facility, has an enrollment of over 300 students, and has plans to further expand the business. Kevin also wants to expand into neighboring cities such as Del, Rio, Carrizo and Uvalde and would like to create a class for children with special needs.

The knowledge the SBDC has is not something you can pick up by reading a book. This only comes from experience.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • SBA Loan: $1.1 Million
  • Jobs Created: 4
  • Jobs Retained: 8
For as long as she can remember, Dr. Dawn Fradkin wanted to be a veterinarian. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A & M University, she started Bergheim Pet Hospital and Clinic in Boerne, TX. The practice offers the latest science and technology for keeping pets healthier and improving their quality of life.

After looking into options for expansion, Dawn was referred to the San Antonio SBDC by a friend. She was interested in purchasing her current building and land, remodeling, and putting in a water well.

Business Advisor David Baenziger met with Dawn and discussed various loan options and implementation timelines. They went over her financial statements, and David analyzed five different loan packages and provided guidance to Dawn on the best option for her business.

With the help of the SBDC, Dawn was able purchase the real estate the practice was built on, and began planning for further structural expansion. She hopes to bring on an associate veterinarian in the near future to help with growing the practice.

Trying to decipher loan offers was overwhelming. With my advisor’s help I was able to get fantastic loan package and refinance old startup debt for a lower rate.”

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  • Business Startup
  • Owner Investment: $157,108
  • SBA 7(a) Loan: $1,035,800
  • Jobs Created: 8
Candace Leak has successfully launched, expanded, and sold two companies in her
business tenure, and was voted Top Entrepreneur by BigAustin in 2005. She is a bit of a serial entrepreneur, and after selling her last business to a national pet store chain, she looked into other options for starting or expanding a business.

Her husband Tim is an experienced and well-respected designer and manufacturing consultant for medical implant devices. When the couple learned that a spinal medical device company was going out of business they explored options to acquire the manufacturing

equipment needed to start their own company. Candace was referred to the Texas State SBDC for assistance. She began working with Business Advisor Joe On Lam to develop market validation, a business plan, and financial projections for a loan package. The couple was approved for and offered an SBA 7(a) loan.

Candace and Tim were able to secure the funds and purchase the equipment and a new building for production. The company reported its first quarterly profit this summer, and the couple is looking to expand further by obtaining an ISO-13485 certification.

I originally went to the SBDC to get help with our SBA loan; I continue to go to my SBDC advisor to get advice on long term success.”

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  • Business Startup
  • Owner Investment: $500,000
  • Commercial Loan: $1.2 Million
  • Jobs Created: 5
Owning and managing a small business seems to come naturally for Dwayne Simper and his wife Melissa. Dwayne has owned a fence construction and ranch operation since he was 16 years old, all while working an additional full time job. Dwayne feels he was born an entrepreneur and is always keeping an eye out for their next opportunity.

Recently, he heard an existing water well drilling and septic company was for sale in his native town of Moulton, TX. Dwayne and Melissa began working with the University of Houston-Victoria SBDC for guidance. Business

Advisor Kacey Lindemann- Butler provided assistance with writing a business plan and loan packaging complete with cash flow projections and financial statements.

With the loan they obtained Dwayne and Melissa purchased the business and real estate known as Maresh Drilling Company. This is the first retail business the couple has owned and they are eager to continue growing their business. Dwayne said that since purchasing the company, his phone rings non-stop with new business.

The services we received form the SBDC gave us an opportunity to understand the process associated with buying a previously successful business.”

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  • Business Startup
  • Commercial Loan: $168,000
  • Increased Sales: $675,000
  • Jobs Created: 7
Manny Vasquez was one of the very first employees to be hired when Lock Doc originally opened its doors in 1982. For over 30 years Manny was a successful member of the Lock Doc team, and dreamed of one day owning a business of his own. He holds almost every certification that a safe and lock technician can have and is the only lock tradesman in the area with clearance to the Naval Air Station.

In 2013, his dream became a reality and Manny purchased Lock Doc. Manny contacted the Del Mar College SBDC for assistance before he purchased the business.

SBDC Business Advisor Jamey Jones was able to help Manny with startup assistance, writing a business plan, financial preparation, pro forma projections, and asset evaluation.

After being injured in a motorcycle accident, Manny questioned whether purchasing the business was the right decision. But with the help of the SBDC, Manny and Sandra made the decision to move forward with the acquisition and in early July of 2013, they secured the necessary loans and purchased Lock Doc.

When the time was right, I sought mentorship and guidance from the SBDC. It was a long three and a half years, but we did it.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • Commercial Loan: $120,000
  • Jobs Created: 4
  • Jobs Retained: 12
Lakeside Pharmacy was established in 2008. Partners Tomas Contreras and Ricardo Herrera started with one store in east Laredo close to Lake Casa Blanca. They were interested in expanding their business, and possibly opening a new location.

With the assistance of Business Advisor Norma Rodriguez, Lakeside Pharmacy was able to troubleshoot software issues and develop an employee handbook that included job descriptions and human resource protocols. She also

helped to develop financial statements in order to secure a small business loan.

With the help of the SBDC, Tomas and Ricardo were able to secure a business loan to open two new stores. In addition to Lakeside Pharmacy, Tomas and Ricardo now own the Medical Plaza and Lakeside South Pharmacy. The duo is excited about the success they have experienced so far and look forward to growing their business.

The TAMIU SBDC has great advising and professional services. I am impressed with their wealth of knowledge and team of experts.”

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  • Business Expansion
  • ncreased Sales: $77,770
  • SBA Loan: $140,000
  • Jobs Retained: 2
Maria Arjona has worked in the bakery industry for more than 15 years. After working in her mother’s store for over a decade, she and her husband Hugo decided to start their own bakery supply store in Weslaco, TX. H & Kay Bakery Supplies was established in 2011 and is named for the couples two children Hugo and Kayla. The store sells cake decorating and baking supplies and also offers candy-making classes to the community. She met with Business Advisor Adriana Rincon, who provided assistance with a business plan,

Maria was referred to the UTPA SBDC for help with financial planning and management. market

research, financial projections, and loan packaging.

Maria and Hugo were approved for an SBA loan, which allowed them to purchase the store building and to perform much needed remodeling. The couple recently began offering summer camps for kids. Combining retail sales and teaching is a natural combination for the Arjonas. They are able to share their love of baking and decorating with children, and reach a new market. One of the students recently won second place for a wedding cake in the That Takes the Cake competition in Austin.

The UTPA SBDC has outstanding customer service, and with their help, I am now the proud owner of a building in historical downtown Weslaco.”



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