February 5, 2013 - In This Issue:

SBDC Staff 2013
ASU-SBDC Staff (left to right): James Leavelle, Adriana Balcorta-Havins, Paul Howard, Dave Erickson, Melissa Farr, Jessica Lambert, Peggy Rosser
Melissa Farr


The ASU-SBDC is looking forward to a month full of business seminars in the new BRC training room, the groundhog's forecast, Super Bowl Weekend, and other popular events that occur at this time of year.  


One event that you may not be familiar with is the Ports to Plains Southern Trade Task Force Conference.  This group was created to engage communities and ensure success in the global marketplace by improving and promoting transportation infrastructure.


The open session will take place on Friday, February 15th at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center from 9 AM until 1:30 PM.  Registration ($30) includes light refreshments, drinks, and lunch.  You may register for the event online at sanangelotexas.us/civicevents. 


Hurry!  The deadline to register is February 12th!    



Melissa Farr

Office Coordinator, COC

Register today! Click on the links below to find out more.

February 5th, 2013
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 6:00pm - 8:30pm: NO COST

February 7th, 2013
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Improve Your Accounts Receivable

6:00pm - 8:30pm: $10

February 12th, 2013
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"Do I have to collect Sales Tax?"

6:00pm - 8:00pm: NO COST
February 13th, 2013
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Starting a Business? What You Need to Know

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: NO COST

February 19th, 2013
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2013 Business Brown Bag: Helpful Tips for Improving Your Business's Financial Management

12:00pm - 5:00pm: NO COST 


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Marketing Your Business Today

6:00pm - 8:30pm: NO COST
February 21st, 2013
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Simplify IT (Sponsored by Microsoft)

6:00pm - 8:30pm: NO COST
February 26th, 2013
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Basics of Business Entities: How to Choose the Right Legal Structure for Your Business

6:00pm - 8:30pm: NO COST
February 28th, 2013
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Get Your Business on Facebook: Facebook Pages for Business Bootcamp

3:00pm - 5:00pm: NO COST

Sometimes we hear of business related events that our clients and contacts might find helpful! Don't miss these upcoming events...

ASU Distinguished Lectureship: Understanding the Implications of Health Care Reform on Employers

February 27th, 2013, 10:30 am: FREE

CJ Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Dr.


Senior Vice-President and Employee Benefits Compliance Practice Co-Leader, Wells Fargo Insurance


While most people struggle to make sense of health care regulations and policies, Liliana Salazar's attention to detail helps her not only understand the technical jargon, but also be a leader in her profession.


As an employee benefits compliance professional, Salazar possesses extensive experience addressing employers' responsibilities under federal, state and local laws. She interacts with regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Departments of Health and Human Services and State insurance departments, to address the applicability of laws and regulations to group health plans.


Salazar and her staff are actively involved in identifying and implementing cost-effective employer solutions that comply with new health care reform mandates, including defined contribution plans and consumer-driven health care plans.


Salazar earned her Juris Doctorate from the Universidad de Los Andes in Columbia. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Bank Insurance 15 years ago, she worked in Columbia as an in-house counsel for Multinspec Ltd. and Thomas Miller Inc. Americas.






February 15th, 2013

  Ports-to-Plains Flyer


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To some people, social encounters can be a stressful event. For the rest of us, going up and talking to a stranger ranks right up there with public speaking or having a tooth pulled. Why is that? Although many people may at first find it uncomfortable to begin networking, it is worth the effort and can help open doors you didn't even know existed.


 To see where you are, organize

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To get a clear view of where you should be heading, it's important to get a clear view of where you are. And what better way to do that than to get organized? How often have you bought new supplies because you couldn't find what you already had? Or how often have you been frustrated trying to find a certain phone number or important note that seems to have disappeared?


 Lengthen password to increase security

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How vulnerable are your online accounts? A better password could make the difference between a breach of security or not. Here are some tips to help keep your information more secure.


 Adapt to changing business conditions

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As we approach the New Year, it is important to take a look at the industry and environment in which we operate. These days, due to technology, a business can pop up that quickly changes the way an industry operates. We need to keep reviewing the environment and better understand how new business, products, services, and technology can affect our businesses.

NEW! Success Story
Learn how the ASU-SBDC is helping business's in the Concho Valley succeed!

Cindy Warren had an idea for a product that would help people work faster, improve their safety, and increase efficiency... and she knew people needed it. She decided it was time to start a business to fill a growing need and contacted the ASU-SBDC for advising assistance to help market her business. SBDC Advisor James Leavelle saw the value in the idea and they started to work together to develop ideas...

ASU Small Business Development Center

69 N. Chadbourne, San Angelo, TX 76903

"Helping build the Concho Valley economy one business at a time!"


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