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ASU-SBDC eNEWSLETTER 

 AUGUST 2011

Greetings! 

 

Can you believe it's August already? That means the Women's Business Roundtable Event is only a month away AND our Jobs Act Forum: Access to Capital is coming up soon as well!

 

Both of these events are special events that you don't want to miss! The Women's Event registration is now available! And, there are still spots available for vendor/exhibitor booths and sponsorship (but they're going fast!).

 

The Jobs Act Forum: Access to Capital is FREE to attend and you can register online, just like a regular seminar. If you are looking for funding or just want to see what options are available, this is the event to attend. 

 

Ladies, if you have not attended the Women's Business Roundtable Event in the past, I want to encourage you to attend this year. Due to it's growth, we are moving it to the beautiful Historic Cactus Hotel but are maintaining the traditions we all love with a catered dinner, inspiring businesswomen guest speakers, exciting roundtable topics, vendor/exhibitor booths, and for the second year, the delicious Desserts portion of the evening. 

 

Networking is a powerful business tool and both of these events provide valuable opportunities to network with other businesses, banks, and economic development partners. 

 

Sure, we can do business on our own, but why not enjoy the benefits of being stronger together?

 

Jessica Lambert

ASU-SBDC Training Coordinator

jessica.lambert@angelo.edu 

 

 

Plenty special events are headed your way such as...  

IN THIS ISSUE
AUGUST SEMINARS
TOP SMALL BIZ NEWS
BUSINESS TIPS ARTICLES
FEATURED SUCCESS STORY
AUGUST'S FEATURED SUCCESS STORY 
Julio Vasquez
Premiere Auto
Julio Vasquez
Learn how SBDC advisor Peggy Hodges assisted Premiere Auto!!
ASU-SBDC
Contact Us!
Advising Services: (325) 942-2098
Training Services: (325) 942-2019
 
Website:
www.sbdc.angelo.edu

Proudly serving the small businesses of San Angelo and the Concho Valley for over 20 years.

AUGUST 2011 TRAINING EVENTS


June-September Brochure 
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Start-Up Basics: Essentials of Starting a New Business      

TUE  8/2/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. FREE    RASSMAN 100

 

Business Plan I: Writing the Narrative

THU  8/4/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     FREE    RASSMAN 100

  

Business Plan Part II: Financials    

TUE  8/9/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     FREE    RASSMAN 100

 

Intro to QuickBooks

WED 8/10/11 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.    $30   MCS 111B


 Decoding the Franchise (aka Margin) Tax

TUE 8/16/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     $10    RASSMAN 100


QuickBooks Basics

WED 8/17/11 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     $30    MCS 111B


Lunch & Learn: Social Media Marketing **

THU 8/18/11 12 noon - 1 p.m.     FREE    CHAMBER


Small Business Technology and Computing

THU 8/18/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     $10    RASSMAN 100


Finding Funding: Financing Options for Your Small Business

TUE 8/23/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     FREE    RASSMAN 100


 QuickBooks Advanced

WED 8/24/11  3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     $30    MCS 111B


Basic Workers' Compensation for Medical Office Staff

THU 8/25/11 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.     $45    WTTC


Marketing 101: Know Your Market

TUE 8/30/11 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  FREE RASSMAN 100


QuickBooks Financial Reporting

WED 8/31/11  3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $30 MCS 111B


>> VIEW ALL EVENTS

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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.
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LOCATIONS:
RASSMAN 100 | ASU Rassman Building | 2222 Dena Dr., San Angelo, TX 76904
WTTC | West Texas Training Center | 3501 North U.S. Highway 67 | San Angelo, TX 76905 | Diirections 325-942-2800 

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Can't make it to one of our events?
Don't forget about our FREE ONLINE BUSINESS TRAINING available as well! 

 

TOP SMALL BUSINESS NEWS
The Benefits of Networking

If you want to make contacts in the world of business, you have to be willing to network. This means getting out there and making yourself known. At the same time you need to learn about what others have to offer. 

 

Learning through networking with others

For a start-up or small business, networking can provide a lifeline of support and business generation.

Networking can help you improve your business performance, products and staff skills. It can also help you develop knowledge and skills, by providing opportunities to...

 

LOCAL SHRM EVENT SPOTLIGHT:  KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS: Sponsored by Concho Valley - SHRM

Topics to be covered: Safety & Health in the Workplace & Employee Relations

August 11, 2011 | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | McNease Convention Center 

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. 

 

BUSINESS TIPS: What's in a name? Just about everything

How do small businesses come up with a name? It is very important. 

 

 BUSINESS TIPS: Trust must be built over time

Lately I have been thinking on the word "trust" as it relates to business. Most people would say business is based on good relationships and good relationships are built on trust. In fact in some businesses, relationships that are built ...

 

BUSINESS TIPS: Meeting ADA rules key for a business

By the year 2030, I will be one of 71.5 million baby boomers over the age of 65.

Will I regularly use a cane, a walker or a wheelchair?...

 

BUSINESS TIPS: QR codes can be powerful marketing tools

 Have you noticed odd looking barcodes popping up all over the place? These barcodes look like pixelated squares making up a larger square in what looks like a random pattern. Well, wonder no longer...

 

SSFEATURED SUCCESS STORY
Julio Vasquez
AUGUST'S FEATURED SUCCESS STORY   
Business: Premiere Automotive

Owner:  Julio Vasquez

Nature of Business:  Automotive Repair

Advisor:  Peggy Hodges

  

 

Top Notch Automotive Services

 

Julio Vasquez wanted to own his own automotive repair business. As an ASE certified mechanic, he spent several years working at the Toyota dealership and then as a salesman for automotive service fluids. 

 

When he decided to get serious about his own business, he contacted the Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center.

 

"Peggy Hodges with the Small Business Development Center helped get together a business plan to approach the bank (for funding). The bank reviewed the plans and Premier Automotive is now a reality." Julio commented.

 

The newly constructed building is located in a prime location just off Arden Road at 620 Glenna. The 3,200 square foot building has four bays, an office area and a customer waiting room. The opening of Premier Automotive added two jobs to the local economy with more jobs to follow as business grows.

 

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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.
  
"Informal conversation is probably the oldest mechanism by which opinions on products and brands are developed, expressed, and spread." --Johan Arndt
Angelo State University SBDC | San Angelo, TX 
"Building the Concho Valley Economy one Business at a Time" 
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