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ASU-SBDC eNEWSLETTER 

 SEPTEMBER 2011

Greetings! 

 

Are you a female business owner or business professional? Do you want to be one? 

 

Then don't miss the 13th Annual Women's Business Roundtable Event coming up September 13th!  The event will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Cactus Hotel, and you are invited.

 

The Women's Business Roundtable Event is dedicated to providing professional business women and business owners from San Angelo and West Texas a memorable and valuable evening just for them. The event will include vendor/exhibitor booths, a catered dinner, presentations from local women business owners, desserts, goody bags, door prizes and round-table discussions. And it's a lot of fun!

 

This year's theme is "Connecting: The Best Step to Success," and we will be focusing on the importance of networking. Not only is networking a powerful business tool, but it also is important to maintaining healthy personal relationships. 

 

This year's signature Roundtable topics will include Business Start-Up, Customer Service, Doing Business Downtown, Employee Relations, Financing, Networking, Recordkeeping, SBA Resources, Tax Compliance and ADA Compliance.

 

And who doesn't like goodies and prizes? Our generous vendors, sponsors and attendees provide goodies that we use to stuff a special bag for each woman to take home. Also, larger prizes that have been donated are given away by a drawing during the course of the evening.

 

Would you like to join us this year? Registration forms can be found on the event website! Registration deadline is September 9th and registration is required so don't wait!

 

Jessica Lambert

ASU-SBDC Training Coordinator

jessica.lambert@angelo.edu  

 

Register now for these upcoming events... 

IN THIS ISSUE
SEPTEMBER SEMINARS
BUSINESS TIPS ARTICLES
FEATURED SUCCESS STORY
SEPTEMBER'S FEATURED SUCCESS STORY 
If the Shoe Fits
Learn how SBDC advisor Cindy Hartin helped "If the Shoe Fits" get started!!
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.

Women's Business Roundtable Event

SEPTEMBER 2011 TRAINING EVENTS


June-September Brochure 
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TUE 9/6/11 

Understanding Financial Statements   

 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10 RASSMAN 100

 

TUE 9/13/11 

13th Annual Women's Roundtable Event
Connecting: The Best Step to Success   

4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $20 (Reg Deadline Sept. 9)  CACTUS HOTEL

 

WED 9/14/11 

Business Plan I: Writing the Narrative    

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. FREE RASSMAN 100

 

TUE 9/20/11 

How to Improve Your Collections (A/R)
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10 RASSMAN 100

 

WED 9/21/11 

Business Plan Part II: Financials
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. FREE RASSMAN 100

 

THU 9/22/11 

Finding Funding: Financing Options for Your Small Biz
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. FREE RASSMAN 100

 
TUE 9/27/11 

Jobs Act Forum: ACCESS TO CAPITAL   

SPECIAL FORUM FOR FINDING FUNDING. DON'T MISS!
8 a.m. - 12 noon FREE CONV. CENTER

 

WED 9/28/11 

Social Media Marketing for Your Business   

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10 RASSMAN 100

 

THU 9/29/11 

The First 100 Days: An Employment Law update
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $10 RASSMAN 100

 

>> 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! 

 

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. 

 

 

INTERNET ENDEAVORS TAKE TIME TO PROSPER

By Paul Howard August 7, 2011

The advisers at the Small Business Development Center meet with many existing and potential small-business owners who are unsure how to market their small businesses. We have noticed the increasing importance of building any business by using the Internet... read more.

 

 

STUDY SHOP BEFORE BUYING

By Dave Erickson August 14, 2011

Buying a business can be an exciting and apprehensive task. On the exciting side, an existing business usually has a solid customer base and can provide immediate cash flow. Systems and procedures are mostly developed. Employees are usually trained and have good knowledge of their customers and business operations... read more.

 

PRIVACY KEY PART OF SUCCESS IN BUSINESS

By Peggy Hodges August 21, 2011

I signed one, you probably have signed one, and hopefully the next person you hire will sign one. What are we all signing? A confidentiality agreement, the promise that whatever information we learn about you and your business, we will protect it and not share it. Stop for a minute and think about what your business needs to protect... read more.

 

EVENT TO SUPPORT WOMEN IN BUSINESS

By Jessica Lambert August 28, 2011

Are you a female business owner or business professional? Do you want to be one? The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center will be hosting the 13th Annual Women's Business Roundtable Event from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Historic Cactus Hotel, and you are invited... read more

SSFEATURED SUCCESS STORY
 
Owner: Christi EngleIf the Shoe Fits
Business: If the Shoe Fits
Nature of Business: Comfort Shoe Store and Boutique
Advisor: Cindy Hartin

 

As the owner of a medical equipment company and as a Certified Pedorithist, Christi saw many clients with specific shoe needs that would purchase their shoes either online or in other markets. Christi began researching the possibility of opening her own comfort shoe store right here in San Angelo.

Christi started working on a business plan with the help of SBDC Business Advisor, Cindy Hartin. They worked through the strengths and challenges of a high style comfort shoe store. Christi researched locations and potential customers for name brand comfortable shoes. Christi developed relationships with vendors and planned her inventory based on the needs of her customers. 

Christi opened her store, If the Shoe Fits in May 2011 and immediately started attracting customers for her brand name shoes such as Naot, Think!, Dansko, Clarks, Born and others. The staff at the store is well educated and will fit each customer with appropriate size and style to support proper foot care. 

"The SBDC helped our business develop and execute a business plan, financial forecast model and marketing plan. The business advisor continues to help promote our business growth."

If the Shoe Fits is located at 2412 College Hills Boulevard, Suite 2200 in San Angelo.
 
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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.
  
"It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living." --Oliver Wendell Holmes
Women's Business Roundtable Event
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