December 2011
ASU-SBDC eNewsletter
(We have a NEW LOOK!)

James Leavelle, ASU-SBDC Business Development Specialist
James Leavelle



We would like to welcome our newest SBDC Business Advisor, James Leavelle. James comes to us with experience in owning and operating a floor covering business in West Texas and has retail management experience as a store manager and area manager in the convenience store industry. In addition James will receive his Master of Business Administration degree this December. We know he considers it a privilege to serve small business clients in the Concho Valley. 


He will bring to bear his business ownership and business management experience as he meets face to face with small business clients to help them reach their goals. Welcome to the SBDC team James!


One of the most rewarding services we provide existing businesses is the Brainstorming Session. Over the past few years we have helped numerous businesses develop ideas that can lead to cost savings, efficiencies and increased revenues leading to a better bottom line. In most cases we brainstorm nontraditional marketing ideas but we also delve into operational problems and sometimes financial management problems. 


SBDC Offers Brainstorming Sessions! 

We believe the key to these sessions is the knowledge and experience of the entire SBDC staff brainstorming one on one with the client to help solve a problem. The staff brings many years of business ownership and management experience to the table along with experience gained from assisting clients. The most of the sessions provide good results, and some great results. 


Call us if your business can use a free and confidential brainstorming session to solve a business problem. Learn more about our brainstorming session service and call us today!


Dave EricksonBest Regards,

Dave Erickson


Business Tips Articles
International Trade, Analysis, and Marketing  NEW! 

Overseas Prospects Abound
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The idea of competing overseas can be intimidating, although the successful experiences of small businesses abroad prove the opposite. Read More


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The excitement and energy about a business idea is understandable. Having your own business is very rewarding. Read More


Fonts Can Help with Marketing

November 06, 2011

Have you ever seen a sign that just seemed wrong because the font conveyed a different feeling than the message conveyed? Read More


Small Business News   

Sizing Up Small Business Saturday 
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Fifteen years ago, in all his giggly and shaky glory, Tickle Me Elmo took over.

The hottest toy of the 1996 holiday season caused shoppers to turn vicious, inspired a whole new kind of black market (the $35 dolls sold at a several-thousand-dollar markup) and sparked a salacious scandal. Read More



In This Issue
New! Business Tips Articles
Small Business News
Success Story: Mason Greenstar
December Events
Featured Success Story
Mason Greenstar
Zach Rabon and Josh Hargrove
New employees and continued growth have kept Mason Greenstar of Mason, TX very busy. To assist, SBDC Advisor Peggy Hodges Rosser meets with Mason Greenstar on a monthly basis to provide ongoing advising with this fast growing, eco-friendly, building materials company. Read More
December Calendar
Register now for December training events. Click the links below to find out more or to register online. You may also see all of our upcoming seminar and events by viewing our NEW online calendar!
Mon Dec 5
Intro to QuickBooks

Tue Dec 6
Essentials of Starting a New Business

Wed Dec 7
QuickBooks Basics

Thurs Dec 8
ADA Compliance Update and Overview
Mon Dec 12
QuickBooks Advanced

Tue Dec 13
Financing Options for Your Business

Wed Dec 14
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The ASU Small Business Development Center provides free and confidential one-on-one business advising as well as low-cost, affordable business development training. We want to help your business grow and succeed. With many resources and a staff of experienced advisers, we have the tools to help you. Contact us today!

From the ASU-SBDC Staff, we wish you, your family, and your business a very merry and joyful Christmas holiday and New Years!

Angelo State University SBDC

"While we are postponing, life speeds by."
Seneca (3BC - 65AD)

Angelo State University SBDC | San Angelo, TX 

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Mailing Address: ASU Station #10910, San Angelo, TX 76909
Office Location: Rassman Room 201, 2222 Dena Dr., San Angelo, TX 76909