ASU Small Business Development Center Newsletter

SMALL BUSINESS NEWS

ASU-SBDC eNEWSLETTER 

 JUNE 2011

Greetings! 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS! 

 

According to the Department of Justice, more than 50 million Americans (18% of our population) have disabilities, and each is a potential customer to a business.  People with disabilities are often excluded from daily activities due to physical barriers.   

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.  On March 15, 2011, the Department of Justice revised its Title III Regulations of the ADA.  The revisions apply to businesses that provide goods or services to the public called "public accommodations".   

 

The ADA 12 categories of public accommodations include stores, restaurants, bars, service establishments, theaters, hotels, recreational facilities, private museums and schools, doctors' and dentists' offices, shopping malls and all other businesses serving the public regardless of size or age of their building.

 

Read more about the ADA regulation revisions in Peggy Hodges Business Tips article from May 30, 2011 and also visit www.ada.gov.  Local resources are available through the SBDC and through Concho Valley Workforce Solutions.  

 

Cindy Hartin

ASU-SBDC Business Development Specialist, CBA II

 

 

Don't miss our many exciting training opportunities this month including SALES TAX, CHOOSING YOUR LEGAL STRUCTURE, FACEBOOK & TWITTER WORKSHOP (ONLY $50) and much more! 

 

IN THIS ISSUE
TOP SMALL BUSINESS NEWS: 10 Things Your Grandmother Can Teach You About Social Media | 5 Steps for Successful Selling | Overcoming Procrastination
BUSINESS TIPS: Firms Should Retain Boomers | Find a Healthy Work-Life Balance | Don't Use Outdated Business Practices | Teamwork is Critical to Building Business | Business Update for Disability Compliance
JUNE SEMINARS: Online Marketing | Essentials | Biz Plan I & II | Sales Tax | Legal Structure | Financing | Facebook & Twitter Workshop
SUCCESS STORY: Sue Marchbank, The Barrel House
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TOP SMALL BUSINESS NEWS
10 THINGS YOUR GRANDMOTHER CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

Source:http://socialmediatoday.com 

Social media isn't something we have to learn. We just have to apply what we already know to a new social environment. The same personal qualities and social skills that you (hopefully) learned growing up are what will make you successful at social media. Here are 10 things an older relative probably told you at some point that you can apply to social media... 

 

5 STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SELLING 

Source: www.startupnation.com 

What many sales and business people fail to do is to clearly identify who their target market is. They feel that "everybody is a prospect". Even though your product may very well be usable by "everybody" or every company, not everybody has the ability to make the buying decision. So, in order to create a successful selling environment, you must know the demographics of your decision maker(s)...   

 

OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION

Source: www.mindtools.com 

If you've found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you're not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree - but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers... 


NEW JUNE-SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
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Of course our core seminars will continue to be presented monthly and for FREE! Let us help you grow your business. Register to attend one of our upcoming training events today. Can't make it to one of our events? Don't forget about our FREE ONLINE BUSINESS TRAINING available as well!



BUSINESS TIPS ARTICLES

Standard TimesEach week, a member of the ASU-SBDC staff submits a Business Tips article for the San Angelo Standard Times business section. (Articles published Mondays). You can also find them here each month. 

 

FIRMS SHOULD RETAIN BOOMERS   

5/1/11 Peggy Hodges, CBA IV

 Here's the question for the day: "Do you know someone who is retiring?" I can bet that nearly everyone answered that question, "Yes." I know I did! I get at least one email every week announcing someone's retirement... 

 

FIND A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE 

5/8/11 Paul Howard, CBA IV 

Many small business owners have a difficult time of not only running the business, but also making sure of their own well-being.  Most have families and hobbies, such as golf, tennis or working out. It is hard to find the time, but it is so valuable to spend time with the family and do those things that make you happy and take your mind off your small business from time to time...

 

DON'T USE OUTDATED BUSINESS PRACTICES 

5/15/11 Jessica Lambert, Training Coordinator, CTC
As I drove through the streets of San Angelo recently, I found myself feeling a little nostalgic about all that has changed over the years. I was born and raised in San Angelo so there are times when I find myself wishing Shakey's or Captain D's was still open so I could go there and feel like a kid again...

TEAMWORK IS CRITICAL TO BUILDING BUSINESS 

5/22/11 Cindy Hartin, CBA II
There are lots of reasons why people decide to open a business. For me, it was the desire to take on the challenge of owning, managing and operating a business. I had worked for some great organizations such as Trek Bicycle, Sub Zero, Inc. and Baxter International. I had some excellent mentors and knew that for my business to be successful, I would need a strong team around me to help with the challenges before me...

adaBUSINESS UPDATE FOR DISABILITY COMPLIANCE  

5/29/11 Peggy Rosser, CBA IV
It seems like only a few years ago when I first began to hear discussions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA. In reality, it's been 20 years! The Department of Justice has issued an "update" which clarifies issues brought to light since the initial implementation...

JUNE 2011 TRAINING EVENTS
TUE 6/7/11
Local Online Marketing: From Online to In-Store
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | $10 | RASSMAN 100

WED 6/8/11
Start-Up Basics: Essentials of Starting a New Business
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | FREE | RASSMAN 100

WED 6/15/11
Business Plan I: Writing the Narrative
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | FREE | RASSMAN 100

WED 6/22/11
Business Plan Part II: Financials
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | FREE | RASSMAN 100

THU 6/23/11
Lunch & Learn: Customer Service (Register by calling (325) 655-4136)
12 noon - 1 p.m. | FREE | CHAMBER

THU 6/23/11
Sales Tax
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | FREE | RASSMAN 100

TUE 6/28/11
Choosing Your Legal Structure
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | $10 | RASSMAN 100

WED 6/29/11
Finding Funding: Financing Options for Your Small Biz
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | FREE | RASSMAN 100

THU 6/30/11
WORKSHOP: Set-up Your Facebook and Twitter!
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | $50 | MCS 111B

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Click on the event above to learn more about each event and to register!
Register for our upcoming events by visiting the upcoming event website at http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action?CenterID=40 or calling the SBDC at (325) 942-2098
Seminar fees are payable at the door by CA/CK/CC. Cash or Check are recommended. No refunds.
FEATURED SUCCESS STORY
Sue Marchbank | June Success Story
Sue Marchbank

JUNE'S FEATURED SUCCESS STORY   

Having a Barrel of Fun!


Owner of The Barrel House, Sue Marchbank, is living her long sought after dream.  She has always wanted to own a winery and she has done just that!

As a longtime active member of the Texas Grape Growers Association, Sue spent several years trying to find just the right building in just the right location in Brady, Texas.  When this particular building, located on the north side of the square in Brady became available, Sue knew it was just perfect.  She pulled up the worn carpet, stained the floor, painted the walls and artistically painted the wood work.  She added pub tables, comfortable upholstered chairs and a fireplace.  She is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  She has already established a nice group of patrons.

In the beginning, Sue contacted the Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center for assistance.  Advisor Peggy Hodges met many times with Sue over the course of three years.  "Peggy was steadily helpful and reassuring, always forthcoming with tips and business advice.  I always looked forward to her visits, knowing that I would feel more optimistic and confident as a result," Sue commented.

Sue has plans to add equipment to the winery in order to be able to bottle her own wine, a full bodied merlot.  In order to move forward, she will need to complete her business plan.  "My major obstacle was developing a business plan, an ongoing project with which Peggy has helped immensely!"  Currently she carries wines bottled from area wineries, gift items and aprons. 

Opening of The Barrel House added one more job to the economic base of Brady, and Sue is confident with growth will come an increase in employees. 

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Read more success stories on our website and learn about the many ways the ASU-SBDC can assist entrepreneurs and small business owners just like you start or grow successful businesses.
  

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

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