We heard recently the IRS is will be focusing more on businesses that miss-classify their employees. This means employers who incorrectly classify their workers as independent contractors instead of employees.  


But before the new focus, the IRS has announced the New Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program, which will enable employees to properly classify their workers with minimal costs. See,,id=246203,00.html.  


For an in depth video on the independent contractor vs employee issue, see the video and click on lesson 6.


This situation is one of many employment law issues facing today's employer. To help area businesses and organizations get to up to date on employment law, the SBDC is offering an Employment Law Update seminar on Thursday, October 13th from 6 to 8:30 pm on the ASU campus. The presenter will be local employment law attorney Jon Mark Hogg from the Jackson Walker law firm.  


Cost is only $10. REGISTER NOW or for more information see the FLYER or contact Jessica Lambert at (325) 942-2019.


For additional employment law resources see Especially for Texas Employers, produced by the Texas Workforce Commission. Or contact the Concho Valley Workforce Solutions office at 325-653-2321 and ask to speak to an Employer Services representative.


This month our featured Success Story is Toro Vaun of the Library Cafe. The new schedule for October - January is now available including QuickBooks, How to do Business with the Government, Profit Mastery Series, Social Media Marketing, and much more!  


Best Regards,

Dave Erickson






Toro Vaun at The Library Cafe
Learn how SBDC advisor Paul Howard helped Toro Vaun at the Library Cafe!
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Fluorescent light bulbs are long lasting, efficient, and run cooler than standard incandescent light bulbs, but they can present problems when it comes time to dispose or recycle them. First, special care must be taken to prevent breaking the bulbs because they contain small amounts of mercury and other chemicals. Next, they can't be simply thrown away like other trash, but must meet federal, state, and local regulations for disposing hazardous more.  

All San Angelo area business owners and managers are invited to complete a short 10 minute survey to help the City of San Angelo develop a strategic plan. Help shape the economic development recommendations for the City and take this survey today! Your responses will remain anonymous.

The October 2011 - January 2012 Business Training 
Seminar Schedule is now available! View upcoming events including Tips for Successful Businesses, ADA Compliance Basics, QuickBooks, Profit Mastery Series, Hiring and Retaining Good Employees and Employment Law Update. Register now for these great seminars!
Peer-to-Peer Loans Grow | The Wall Street Journal

Some small-business owners, rejected by banks or fed up with bad lending terms, are turning to Internet sites that match borrowers with giant pools of lenders when they need funds.[...] In the past year, Prosper Marketplace Inc. and Lending Club Corp., which run the nation's two biggest peer-to-peer lending sites, have reported a sharp upturn in personal loans used to fund small businesses... read more. 



October-January Seminar Brochure
View the October-January Seminar Schedule!
THU Oct 6 
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
Do you dream of owning your own business but don't know where to begin? Gain valuable insights from the professionals at the ASU-Small Business Development Center at this FREE seminar. At this seminar, you will learn the basics of writing a busin...

TUE Oct 11  

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
Looking for your road map to success? Then you need a business plan. Attend this seminar to learn how to write your business plan. A good business plan can save a business thousands of dollars in the long run and is a great way to avoid common pit...


WED Oct 12 

Business Plan II: Financials
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100  

Is the Financial portion of your Business Plan lacking? Well, not anymore. The professional staff of the ASU-SBDC have helped hundred of business owners create Business Plans and they're ready to help you too. The Financial portion of a business p...


THU OCT 13  

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
This seminar will focus on new and recent developments in Employment Law with special emphasis on recent or proposed statutory and regulatory changes including changes to the ADA and FMLA, proposed changes to Title VII, the National Labor Relation...


TUE Oct 18  

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
 At this seminar, the Texas Comptroller's office will be discussing proper collection and reporting of your sales taxes and will outline how to maintain required records. You will learn how to properly collect and report taxes and how to prepare fo...


 THU Oct 20  

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
 Are you looking for funding to start or expand your business? Not sure what the best option may be or even what is available? Attend this seminar to learn about the many funding options out there and how to go about obtaining them. Topics include ...


 TUE Oct 25  

4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Rassman 100
 (Even in a slow economy!) When time gets tough the tough get... tips! Attend this seminar to learn tips and techniques that successful businesses use to guarantee success, especially when times get tough. This seminar will cover balancing and unde...


THU Oct 27
 Biz Brown Bag: Employment Incentives for ADA Compliance
12 noon - 1 p.m. (Doors Open 11:45 a.m.) | Chamber Riverview Room | Register: 325.655.4136 



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 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.
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 


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



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. 


By Peggy Rosser
Business owners can draw business acuity from a wide variety of sources. I recently heard a song on an "oldies" station which rekindled my interest in business signs: "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind "The artist, Five Man Electrical Band, wrote the song in the early '70s during the hippie days. Nonetheless, it spurred my thinking about the importance of business signage!


By David Erickson
Are you a small business looking for financing to consolidate debt or to expand? Are you looking for financing to start a business or purchase an existing business? Do you want to hear local commercial lenders as they answer frequently asked questions about commercial lending?

By Paul Howard

 All of us at the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center not only write a business article every few weeks but also use writing skills every day.I am so glad I took business communications in college, because it has helped me become a better writer. Many small-business owners are not skilled in business writing. While new mediums of communication have developed over the years, business writing is still important.


By Cindy Hartin
According to the Department of Labor, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. It was a day of celebration for the hard work and dedication of the workers in this country. With the holiday, now may be a good time to reflect on the hard work and dedication we have to our jobs and our businesses.




Owner: Toro VaunToro Vaun at The Library Cafe
Business: The Library Cafe
Nature of Business: Coffee Shop and Cafe
Advisor: Paul Howard 


Toro is a true entrepreneur.  He owns Angelo Donuts and Café in San Angelo and also Broadway Classic Donut Shop in Ballinger.  Toro was approached by the Tom Green County Library.  The plan for the brand new library was to include a coffee shop in the building.  Toro thought this would be a great opportunity for him and decided he would bid on the contract.  

A business plan was required so Toro met with Advisor Paul Howard of the Angelo State University ∙ Small Business Development Center.  Paul and Toro went to work developing a solid business plan.  The determination was made to propose a certain amount that Toro would pay for leasing the space.  It went before the Tom Green County Commissioners and was approved.  The Library Café was now set to open.  Toro says, "Sharing the experience and implementing the ideas into practical results of business, such as business plan, financial proposals and marketing with the SBDC was very helpful to me."

The Library Café has now opened in the new space and is a great addition to those who visit the library.  Toro is very excited to be a part of this and his business has helped San Angelo and the Concho Valley grow.  The business has created six new jobs as well.
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.
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back) 
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