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2021 Success Stories

Angelo State University SBDC

SBDC COVID Business Recovery Accelerator 

Del Mar College SBDC 

El Paso Community College EPCC

SBDC International Trade Center

Sul Ross State University SBDC

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College SBDC

Texas A&M International University SBDC

SBDC Technology Commercialization Center

Texas State University SBDC

University of Houston-Victoria SBDC

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley SBDC

University of San Antonio SBDC

Previous Years

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande SBDC Guajardo’s Banquets, LLC


  • Business Start & Expansion
  • Owner Investment $152K+
  • Commercial Loan $320K+
  • Jobs Created – 2
  • Jobs Retained – 4

Mrs. Guajardo first connected with the Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Eagle Pass in 2008 and received assistance with obtaining her licenses and permits. As the business grew, Mrs.
Guajardo started to hire family members to help manage the flourishing business. Her dreams continued to blossom when she had the opportunity to purchase an event hall, which would allow her to provide exclusive catering services to her clients. She again approached the SBDC for assistance. For the next three years, Senior Business Advisor Cynthia Gomez helped the Guajardo’s get their finances in order through a series of advising sessions to make their financial proposal more viable for a commercial bank loan. By 2019,
the Guajardo’s had three complete and up-to-date financial documents for the business. Cynthia then assisted the owners with the preparation of their loan proposal to Uvalde State Bank, which funded the loan. Over the next few months, Cynthia assisted the owners with completing loan applications, financial statements, appraisals, and insurance requirements to meet all of the lender’s requirements. In May 2019, the Guajardo’s closed on the loan and are ecstatic to now have a party venue space to call their own.

Our SBDC has helped us tremendously. We want to grow our business, and I know they will help get us there.”

Texas A&M International University SBDC Outer Rim


  • Business Expansion
  • $4K Capital Injection
  • Texas Strong Fast-Pitch Winner

Outer Rim contacted the Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) when they were struggling with how to meet the growing demands on their business. Business Advisor Norma Rodriguez introduced the owners to various funding options and sources to grow their business. Norma also assisted them with their marketing needs, including logo development, updating product packaging, and strategizing product positioning. Norma then assisted the owners with preparing for the 2019 Texas Strong SBDC Fast-Pitch competition for small business funding. Outer Rim won second place and was awarded $4,000, which they used to purchase 15 new bee hives that can produce up to 80 pounds of honey per hive, per season. The owners now have their sights set on owning their own ranch and eventually selling their products to the
many large retailers in the area.

Our SBDC has helped us tremendously. We want to grow our business, and I know they will help get us there.”

Del Mar College SBDC MAX Underground Construction, LLC


  • Business Start & Expansion
  • $550K Line of Credit
  • Jobs Created – 64
  • Jobs Retained – 6
  • Increased Sales – $6.9M+

In 2011, the Salinas brothers contacted the Del Mar College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Business Advisor Celia Garza assisted the owners with creating a business plan, which included a 3-year financial projection
plan to budget the company’s expenses, in order to purchase their first piece of heavy equipment. Garza also connected the pair with resource partners and assisted them with obtaining proper certifications to make the business more
marketable to government contract opportunities. This support and direction was instrumental in helping the business reach its full potential including obtaining SBA certifications and winning bidding opportunities. Today, Max Salinas is proud to be a U.S. Citizen, MAX Underground Construction, LLC has completed numerous TxDot and city government projects throughout Texas, and the company has acquired a line of credit of $550,000 for working
capital. The business has outgrown its office and yard space, so they purchased approximately 0.65 acres to meet the needs of the expanding company. They have started construction on their own 2,800 sq. ft. office building and an
expanded yard space to store 14 pieces of heavy equipment machines worth over $1M.

The SBDC has been vital to our success for our nine years of business. Thank you to the SBDC team for their continuing support and dedication.”

Angelo State University SBDC Angelo MRI


  • Business Start
  • Jobs Created – 2

In 2017, Clint and co-owners Brett Schniers and Charlie Reichenau were referred
by their lender to Angelo State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance with the company’s business plan. Business Advisor James Leavelle assisted Angelo MRI with writing their business plan, formulating their financial projections, and assisting with the various forms required to secure a loan. James also helped them to identify and ensure the collection of the required documentation to support their loan request. The loan was approved, and the co-owners opened Angelo MRI, which offers prompt, high-quality magnetic resonance imaging at an affordable price. Included in their price is an interpretation of the scan by a board-certified radiologist, which is provided to the patient’s doctor within 24-48 hours. Angelo MRI’s owners are proud to be able to meet a critical healthcare need, leading their rural community one step closer to self-sufficiency.

Our SBDC business advisor went above and beyond what we could have asked for or expected! He is top notch and his work was so beneficial to our project and what we hope to accomplish.”

Sul Ross State University SBDC Oasis Excavating, LLC


  • Business Expansion
  • SBA Guaranteed Loan – 2
  • Jobs Created – 1
  • Jobs Retained – 6

The Unruh’s first contacted the Sul Ross State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2014 to obtain assistance on a business plan for their new company. Based on this positive experience, they contacted the SBDC again in 2018, when they needed assistance with seeking capital. Business Advisor Loretta Garcia assisted the pair with completing an SBA Express Loan application. They were approved for the loan, allowing the owners to expand their irrigation inventory, refinance their existing debt, and establish a line of credit to promote continued business and cash flow growth. As a result, Oasis Excavating, LLC was able to create one job and retain six employees. Several months later, the owners were presented with an opportunity to diversify their product line by purchasing 17 acres and installing a water well to foster an upcoming agri-business. Once again, they reached out to their trusted advisor at the SBDC, who assisted them with updating their business plan and completing the appropriate forms to secure an SBA 7(a) Guaranteed Loan. Securing the loan allowed them to facilitate this new project’s funding, which is expected to result in additional full time jobs and produce another revenue stream for the company.

My SBDC business advisor was helpful and prompt with advice and paperwork. Our loan was approved in an astonishingly short time frame.”

Texas State University (TSU) SBDC Quality Stone Company


  • Business Expansion
  • $80K Owner Investment
  • Jobs Created – 9
  • Jobs Retained – 23

Michael and Todd were referred to the Texas State University (TSU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to assist in researching the cost and feasibility of re-purposing the rock waste. Business Advisor Bill Thompson introduced them to Dr. Gary Beall of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) program at Texas State University. Dr. Beall’s team confirmed that their rock dust is 100% calcium and has a commercialized market value. One of the many commercial uses for the calcium is as a bonding element in the manufacturing of steel and other manufacturing processes. Currently, the team is working to discover if the company’s calcium carbonate rock dust can be used in Feldspar, which is a bonding agent in the manufacturing of brick.
Bill also introduced the owners to Dr. Dennis Smart, professor of the MBA program at TSU. Dr. Smart’s graduate students assisted the owners with estimating the value of their calcium dust and the cost of the machinery and equipment required to execute on this strategy. This research is assisting the company as they continue to explore this promising revenue stream.

Our experience with the SBDC has developed into a professional relationship that offers a broad footprint of contacts and expertise.”

University of Houston-Victoria SBDC A Plus Party and Events


  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment
  • Jobs Created – 3
  • Jobs Retained – 7
  • Significantly Increased Sales

David Ramos came to the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to learn how to better manage his business’ operations and finances. Business Advisor Mark Martinez assisted him with learning to read and understand financial statements and showed him how to properly set up and maintain QuickBooks. He also assisted David with human resources issues, including the development of an employee handbook. Mark worked closely with David on developing his leadership and communication skills, which has helped him build a strong team and ensure top notch customer service to his clients. A Plus Party and Events has seen significant growth over the years; and with the advice and assistance of the SBDC, David is now expanding his business into a new building. Once completed, David will be able to add new jobs and continue to grow his vision for the business into reality.

Anytime I have an issue I contact my SBDC business advisor. I don’t know
where I would be without all of his support.”

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley SBDC Cappadona Ranch


  • Business Expansion
  • $52K+ Competition Awards
  • Jobs Created – 4
  • Jobs Retained – 4

Victoria contacted The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to discuss options for growing her business. Her SBDC advisors helped her to apply and prepare for various grant contests. Victoria was delighted to receive all three grants: the McAllen Chamber Innovation Grant, Hidalgo County’s STED grant, and the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant. Cappadona Ranch also won the Texas Strong competition in 2018 and used the funds toward the purchase of new machinery and equipment.

Through the years, the SBDC assisted Cappadona Ranch with business planning, calculating financial projections, and assessing their capital needs. As the business grew, Cappadona Ranch started to buy beans from local farmers to utilize local, natural resources and to support the local economy. The company has expanded its product line to include mesquite bean coffee, flour, and tea. It has also launched a website, started to manufacture products from a commercial kitchen, and is proud to have sold products throughout every state in the United States. Two years after the company’s inception, Victoria hired Jaclyn Cappadona Jackson, who has supported her since the business launched and, with the ongoing support of the SBDC, continues to help the business grow.

Our SBDC has helped every step of the way! We have a close working relationship with our advisors. We are forever grateful for their patience and the education and guidance they have provided.”

The University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC 2A Energy Services


  • Secured Lines of Credit
  • Jobs Created – 5
  • Jobs Retained – 8
  • Increased Revenues

Frank and L J approached The University of Texas at San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and worked with Senior Business Advisor Lisha Garcia. She helped with the initial launch of their company by reviewing and refining their business plan and assisting them with developing financial projections.
As the company grew, they needed to hire additional workers and were also seeking to move from their start up location in L J’s garage to permanent office space. Lisha worked with the owners to revise their business plan and prepare them to meet with high profile lenders, investors and CEOs, in order to help them reach their new company goals. The pair has now hired workers and has permanent office and shop space in Pleasanton, Texas. The move also allowed them to increase their capacity to store more equipment, hire additional employees, and fulfill their number one goal of providing health insurance for their employees.

2A Energy Services would not have been as successful without help from the SBDC. Our business advisor provided us with referral contacts and a top notch business plan.”




  • 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.”

SBDC Procurement TEchnical Assistance Ce APPDDICTION STUDIO



  • 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.”

El paso community college sbdc OASIS TIRE & WHEELS



  • 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.”

sul ross state university minority and sbdc TALPINE FURNITURE STORE, INC.



  • 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.”

angelo state university sbdc EDI COMMUNICATIONS



  • 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.”

srsu – rio grande college sbdc AWESOME ATHLETICS



  • 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.”

university of texas at san antonio s BERGHEIM PET HOSPITAL & CLINIC



  • 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.”




  • 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.”

univeristy of houston – victoria sbdc MARESH DRILLING, LLC



  • 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.”

del mar college sbdc CORPUS CHRISTI LOCK DOC, LLC



  • 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.”

texas a&M international university sbdc LAKESIDE PHARMACY



  • 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.”

university of texas – pan american sbdc H & KAY BAKERY SUPPLIES



  • 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.”

El Paso Community College sbdc VERTICAL 1 COMMUNICATIONS



  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $32,633
  • Commercial Loan: $163,163
  • SBA 504 Loan: $130,530
  • Jobs Created: 10
  • Jobs Retained: 10

Nick Dominguez spent his entire career working in electronic communications. He worked for various cell phone telecommunications companies before he started Vertical 1 Communications along with his wife Cecilia, in 2004. Vertical 1 Communications specializes in communication tower construction, maintenance, and repair.Cecilia first contacted the El Paso Community College SBDC in 2009 to look at the possibility of purchasing a new building. The Dominguezes had been running the business from their home, and after experiencing a steady increase in sales were ready to expand.

Business Advisor Joe Ferguson, was able to work with Cecilia in creating a feasibility analysis, business plan with financial projections, a formal loan proposal for the credit union and CDC, and with applying for an SBA 8(a) certification.Vertical 1 Communications had a grand opening ceremony at their new location on February 22, 2013. The new building is located on approximately 1 acre of land, and has office space, a 3,600 sq. ft. warehouse, and a large yard for equipment storage. In addition to increasing their business space, they were able to hire ten new employees. Sales are forecast to increase by 42% by the end of 2013.

Thank you to the SBDC and Joe Ferguson in helping our company with the assistance and guidance in becoming 8(a) approved and getting our SBA loan. – Nick Dominguez”

Sul Ross State University Minority and SBDC BIG BEND FAMILY PRACTICE



  • Business Startup
  • Owner Investment: $7,000
  • Commercial Loan:$75,000
  • Jobs Created: 5

Rebecca Lewis has over thirty-two years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has worked for a number of clinics and hospitals, in addition to owning her own practice for seven years. Lewis has dedicated her entire life to taking care of people. In early 2013, she was not able to give her patients the quality of care they deserved because of a lack of support personnel, so she decided it was best to shutdown her practice.In September of 2013, Lewis found a relief doctor and a physician’s assistant, and was able to open a new practice called Big Bend Family Practice. Lewis contacted the

Sul Ross SBDC to create a business plan and loan proposal. With the help of the SBDC, Lewis was able to obtain a $75,000 commercial loan for business startup costs and working capital.Lewis understands the importance of having a well-balanced and enthusiastic staff. She is excited about the potential Big Bend Family Practice shows, and is happy to have relief staff on hand so she can spend time with her family. Lewis plans on keeping in contact with the Sul Ross SBDC, and looks forward to bettering her practice and continuing to share her love of medicine with her patients.

I have worked with Loretta Garcia at the Sul Ross SBDC on two separate endeavors and find her assistance invaluable. – Rebecca Lewis”

Angelo State University SBDC LEGGETT TACTICAL



  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment
  • Contract Awarded: $1.1 million
  • Jobs Created: 12
  • Jobs Retained: 12

A common thread, “Made in the USA,” runs through Leggett Tactical Solutions (LTS), a manufacturing business in Eden, TX. Brother team, Blake and Bryce Leggett, along with lead designer, Juan Vasquez, launched LTS four years ago and White Wing Label two years ago.Blake Leggett, an Air Force Veteran, enjoyed customizing accessory soft goods for himself and comrades while serving overseas, and thus the idea for LTS was born. Bryce Leggett fueled the fire with a determination to show the world his unique design capabilities, and has designed custom products for Special Warfare Groups within the Department of Defense. The brothers contacted the

Angelo State University SBDC for assistance, and began working with Rural Business Advisor Peggy Rosser. Rosser was able to help the entrepreneurial brothers with a business plan, human resource management, and government contracting.After researching and identifying a void in “American Quality” in the men’s sporting gear and luggage market, LTS created White Wing Label. White Wing Label is now sold in over 250 retail outlets around the nation. LTS was awarded a $1.1 million dollar contract with the military, and the company is looking to expand into a women’s product line in the future.

The ASU SBDC and Peggy Rosser were instrumental in helping us negotiate obstacles in an efficient and positive manner. – Blake Leggett”




  • Business Startup
  • Owner Investment
  • Commercial Loan: $450,000
  • Jobs Created: 4

Alejandro Esquivel grew up in Mexico, and after completing his education ran his own dental practice for five years in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. In 2008, Esquivel was accepted into a residency program at the University of Puerto Rico. Following his residency, he began working for a dental clinic in Texas.In 2012, Esquivel moved to Eagle Pass, TX and approached the Rio Grande College SBDC for assistance in opening a new business. Soon after, Smile Factory Pediatric Dentistry was born. Business Advisor Cynthia Gomez, was able to help Esquivel create a business plan, and develop and package a loan presentation. She also provided technical

support for issues associated with the employment lifecycle, Quickbooks, and with licensing and permit information. With the support of the SBDC, Esquivel was able to obtain a loan to start his practice and hire three additional employeesSmile Factory is currently the only pediatric dentist in the Eagle Pass area, and Esquivel looks to keep that strong presence in the community by continuing to learn and improve business practices by attending training provided by the SBDC. The company is experiencing great success, and Esquivel looks forward to continued growth, and the possibility of expanding his business.

I am very thankful for the assistance provided by the SBDC. Their guidance led me in the right direction, and helped me start my business. – Alejandro Esquivel”

SBDC University of Texas at San Antonio MCMULLEN GLOBAL SERVICES



  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $250,000
  • Increased Sales: $7.5 million
  • SBA Loan: $1 million
  • Jobs Created: 20
  • Jobs Retained: 40

With over 35 years of management expertise in environmental, engineering and construction, Pat McMullen started an electrical contracting company in 2010. McMullen Global Services is a service-disabled, veteranowned small business providing electrical contracting services to three distinct markets – Federal, Commercial and Industrial.Prior to starting the business, Pat sought the guidance of several experts including business advisors Crystal Darby, with the UTSA SBDC and Deirdre Pattillo in the Employer Services Program and the Veterans Assistance Program within the UTSA SBDC PTAC.

The advisors were able to help with refining the company’s business plan, developing an employee manual, coaching on how to secure a bond, the creation of an effective marketing message, and loan packaging assistance, which resulted in a $1 million SBA loan.McMullen Global Services has experienced considerable success in government contracting, and is eager to further expand into the commercial sector. They were recently able to focus the company’s marketing efforts on pipeline and electrical installation, and acquired a commercial contract with the largest pipeline firm in the United States.

The help from the UTSA SBDC has been invaluable. The program is a full-service group and one of the best kept secrets in San Antonio. – Pat McMullen”

SBDC Texas Statue University LIGHT BOHRD



  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $600,000
  • Commercial Loan: $45,000
  • Jobs Created: 1
  • Jobs Retained: 6

Chris and Jen Forgey started Light Bohrd, LLC after many years of supporting their son Mason, a junior skateboarder, at competitive meets and tournaments around the nation. Light Bohrd was initially focused on skateboards with embedded motion-activated lighting technology, and has since branched out to include long boards, snowboards, skis, helmets and other sports-related gear.The Forgeys met with the Texas State University SBDC in 2012 to refine a business plan and marketing pitch to attract lenders and investors. They have since worked with Business Advisor Peg Richmond to expand distribution, establish overseas manufacturing, and address operational and human resource issues. With the help of the SBDC,

the Forgeys were able to secure more than $650k in private equity funding and commercial lending. Light Bohrd is revolutionizing the industry with illuminated graphics and integrated light technology. The company won the Under ArmourFuture Show in 2013 with a new shirt that uses an athlete’s own motion to activate a lighted front logo and back graphic. They competed against 4,000+ worldwide entrants, and walked away the winner with a $25,000 prize. The Forgeys are excited about the momentum the win provided, and look forward to the continued growth and expansion of their business.

Through our SBDC advisor Peg Richmond we have been introduced to all sorts of partners and businesses that have helped propel our business. – Jenn Forgey”

SBDC University of Houston – Victoria FREUND FUNERAL HOME



  • Business Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $13,000
  • SBA Loan: $1.16 million
  • Jobs Created: 1
  • Jobs Retained: 10

Freund Funeral Home has been a family run business since 1924. After working for the home for several years, Eric and Dawn Draper decided to purchase the business to carry on the family legacy. Though not blood relatives, the Draper’s are like family, and the previous owners were excited to keep the “family” business going. Eric has worked in the funeral business for several years, and Dawn has over seven years of bookkeeping experience.The Drapers first contacted the University of Houston-Victoria SBDC to help with valuing and purchasing Freund Funeral Home. Business Advisor Lisa Barr, was able to assist them with a business plan and loan packet to present to

the bank. Due to the assistance Barr provided, the Drapers were able to qualify for a $1.16 million SBA loan, which allowed them to purchase the business and perform some needed renovations. Barr was also able to help with refinance packaging, human resource management, and creating job descriptions for a new position at the funeral home.After purchasing the business, the Drapers welcomed their first son, Dawson. Dawn is currently staying home with their child, but continues to work with Barr on the day-to-day operations of the funeral home.

Our advisor, Lisa, was so helpful and patient throughout our SBA loan process. She truly is a blessing to the SBDC and this community. – Eric & Dawn Draper”




  • Business Acquisition & Expansion
  • Owner Investment: $140,000
  • Owner Financing: $155,000
  • SBA Loan: $357,700
  • Increased Sales: $2.6 million
  • Jobs Retained: 8

Seaworthy Marine Supply has been an institution in Fulton, TX for over a decade, and is recognized as one of the premier marine businesses in South Texas. Seaworthy Marine prides itself on being a full service marine supply, tackle shop, and outdoor outfitter that provides customers with the “goods and services they need, when they need them, all in one convenient place.”Terry Brader served as the manager of the marine shop for twelve years before he decided he wanted to buy the business. Brader has developed a reputation for being one of the top marine equipment installers in Texas. After presenting a business plan to a local bank, Brader and his wife Shana were referred to the Del Mar College SBDC,

where they met with Business Advisor, Larry Ellis. Ellis was able to assist the Braders with bank coordination with Kleberg Bank, loan structuring, SBA loan requirements, business valuation, and financial projections.Since purchasing the business, the Braders were able to hire eight more employees, and are looking forward to continuing to grow their business. Seaworthy is now an authorized Garmin installer and repair center, and plans to expanded product selections online and in store from Hobie, Wilderness Systems, Costa Del Mar, and Sea to Summit.

Working with the Del Mar College SBDC and our business advisor was the turning point that helped us buy our business. – Terry & Shana Brader”

SBDC TEXAS A&M International University MARQUEZ NURSERY



  • Business Expansion
  • Contract Awarded: $135,000
  • Jobs Created: 17
  • Jobs Retained: 2

Salvador Marquez, a licensed backflow and irrigations specialist, started Marquez Nursery in 2000. The business began by providing basic landscaping needs in Laredo, and has grown to include full-service landscaping, yard maintenance, and sprinkler system repair services.Marquez has been a client of the TAMIU SBDC for over a decade. In that time, he has received assistance with employee record keeping, payroll, HUB certification, marketing, and government contracting. He has also attended several of the SBDC workshops on business planning, QuickBooks, and employee supervision. Since beginning to work with the SBDC, Marquez has earned contracts with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles,

Laredo Veteran’s Hospital, and Union Pacific. The nursery also provides services to state agencies in Carrizo Springs and Del Rio.Marquez Nursery services a large part of South Texas, and looks to eventually expand to North Texas in residential and commercial sectors. Marquez will continue to work with the TAMIU SBDC to open a new machine shop that will specialize in fabricating building materials, such as steel beams and metal pipes for the construction and oil/gas industries. He also has plans to work with his TAMIU SBDC Business Advisor Tina Rodriguez to apply for an 8(a) certification in order to more effectively compete for federal contracts.

The TAMIU Small Business Development Center is an excellent program and I highly recommend their services. – Salvador Marquez”

SBDC THE University of texas – pan american SOLEIL REHABILITATION



  • Business Startup
  • Owner Investment
  • Commercial Loan
  • Increased Sales: $1 million
  • Jobs Created: 9

Soleil Rehabilitation Services is owned and operated by Tomas and Sarah Moncivais. The company offers rehabilitation services to individuals with speech, language, and oral motor disabilities, in addition to the early identification and treatment of children with Autism. Sarah is a trained and educated Speech Language Pathologist, and Tomas graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Business.The Moncivaises have extensive experience in the industry. New to small business ownership, they contacted the UTPA SBDC for assistance. Senior Business Advisor Janie Caballero, provided direction and advice to help the

Moncivaises obtain information on business startups, registration and licensing, and marketing research. Caballero also helped with a business plan, financial projections, and loan packaging support.Thanks to the guidance of the SBDC, the Moncivaises obtained all licensing and permits required to operate the business and obtained funding to finish out the building and start the business. They were also able to hire nine additional employees. The couple plans on continuing to work with the SBDC on marketing and social media, and looks forward to improving and growing their business to help people in their community.

Our advisor, Janie, helped us develop a solid business plan and helped us package a loan proposal which ultimately led to our business startup. – Sarah Moncivais”



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