Client Success Stories

  • First Impressions of Central Texas: New Braunfels

    Meet Melissa Coello, owner of First Impressions of Central Texas.

     

    Melissa Coello, owner of First Impressions of Central Texas

    Melissa Coello, owner of First Impressions of Central Texas

     

    Melissa and her company provide cleaning services for commercial clients. One thing that makes First Impressions of Central Texas unique is their use of “accountability sheets” instead of contracts. This allows their clients to keep them accountable for their work. They are happy to accept non-profit organizations and cater to clients with custom cleaning needs. In other words, a client can request a total clean or specific areas. At this point in time, Melissa has met with the SBDC for six years and recently expanded and incorporated her business.

    You can find Melissa and First Impressions of Central Texas, LLC by visiting her website at http://www.imptx.com/ and by calling 830-743-9001.

     

    Melissa Coello and Larry New, Business Advisor

    Melissa Coello and Larry New, Business Advisor

     

    Client Assistance:

    Melissa visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on incorporating her business, target marketing and employee issues.

    Melissa was quoted saying, “The tools provided and advice given have helped me see business as a business and how I can expand.  Larry took the time to get me set up as an LLC and provide a new level of comfort and security. I’m excited to use the new database that helps marketing/sales efforts according to mapping areas.”

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Melissa was able to experience growth by expanding her business. We are proud to be a part of First Impression of Central Texas’ success!

     


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call Larry at 830-214-6435.

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    The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers integrated services to new and experienced business owners in San Antonio, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and 8 other surrounding counties. We provide professional, confidential one-on-one business advising services at no charge.  The UTSA SBDC also offers no-cost/low-cost training workshops covering a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs grow.

  • Drift Home Collection: New Braunfels

    Meet Nataliya Borener, owner of Drift Home Collection.

    Nataliya Borener, owner of Drift Home Collection

    Nataliya Borener, owner of Drift Home Collection

     

    With 10 years’ experience in Interior Design and a passion for international travel, Nataliya Borener started Drift Home Collection, a curated collection of handmade textiles and décor items from around the world.

    “My first sourcing trip was to Morocco, where I learned firsthand about the tribes and women who create these beautiful rugs and textiles. I’m on the hunt for one of a kind pieces that have a unique story to tell. We traveled throughout the country, from the marketplace in Marrakech to the coastal and desert areas, to hand select a small batch of items.”

     

    handmade textiles and décor items

    handmade textiles and décor items

     

    Moroccan rugs embrace a true form of art, passed down through generations of the Berber tribes. Each tribe has its own look and waving techniques.

    “The level of craftsmanship is not found in most of the mass-produced items you see today. When you purchase a vintage tribal rug, you know you will never see another one like it again.” A portion if each purchase will go to charity. “Giving back to these artisans and being able to make a difference in people’s lives means everything to me.”

     

    Moroccan rugs

    Moroccan rug

     

    Drift Home Collection will open its online shop this August.
    Visit www.drifthomecollection.com to learn more. You can also find product previews on Instagram and Facebook at @Drift.Home.Collection

     

    Nataliya Borener, owner of Drift Home Collection

    Nataliya Borener, owner of Drift Home Collection

    Client Assistance:

    Nataliya visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, several times before starting her business. Together, they worked on business entity formation, created the LLC, sales tax and self-employment issues.

    Nataliya was quoted saying, “Larry has been instrumental in the process of planning and setting up my business. Being able to bounce ideas off of him is so helpful! He also put me in contact with the International Trade Center, who provided me with valuable advice on importing and shipping. I’m so grateful for the guidance I’ve received!”

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Nataliya was able to start her business and form one full time job. We are proud to be a part of Drift Home Collection’s success!

     


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call Larry at 830-214-6435.

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    The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers integrated services to new and experienced business owners in San Antonio, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and 8 other surrounding counties. We provide professional, confidential one-on-one business advising services at no charge.  The UTSA SBDC also offers no-cost/low-cost training workshops covering a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs grow.

     

  • Massage Heights New Braunfels

    Meet Heather and Holly Huber, co-owners of Massage Heights New Braunfels

    Heather and Holly Huber, co-owners of Massage Heights New Braunfels

    Heather and Holly Huber, co-owners of Massage Heights New Braunfels

     

    Heather and Holly opened Massage Heights franchise location in New Braunfels, Texas in December of 2016.

    Massage Heights New Braunfels offers personalized massages or facials, custom-tailored to your specific needs. They take pride in offering guaranteed professional, rejuvenating and affordable therapeutic services in an upscale environment as part of your healthy lifestyle.

     

    Massage Heights New Braunfels Front Lobby

    Massage Heights New Braunfels Front Lobby

     

    You can find more information about Massage Heights New Braunfels at http://www.massageheights.com/locations/tx/san-antonio-tx/new-braunfels, on Facebook at MassageHeightNB or by calling 830-515-4399.

     

    Massage Heights New Braunfels reception desk

    Massage Heights New Braunfels reception desk

     

    Client Assistance:

    Heather and Holly used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, to work on numerous parts of their business formation including their LLC formation.

    Holly was quoted saying, “Larry, thank you for helping us with the LLC and DBA process and for connecting us with Neal  with Legal. Deidre and CJ were also very helpful with getting the business started.”

    With the start of their new business, they employ 6 full-time and 12 part-time employees. We are proud to be a part of Massage Heights New Braunfels success!

     


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call Larry at 830-214-6435.

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    The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers integrated services to new and experienced business owners in San Antonio, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and 8 other surrounding counties. We provide professional, confidential one-on-one business advising services at no charge.  The UTSA SBDC also offers no-cost/low-cost training workshops covering a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs grow.

  • Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart: Cibolo, Schertz and San Antonio

    Meet Corinne Jackson, owner of Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart

    Corinne Jackson, owner of Cori Jean's Ice Cream Cart

    Corinne Jackson, owner of Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart

     

    Corinne Jackson opened Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart in December of 2016. Cori Jean provides a classic mobile ice cream cart serving Cibolo, Schertz and San Antonio. She serves Novelty Ice Cream, Fruit Bars, Slush Pops, #Helados, #Paletas and #Sorbets. You can find her at events, parties, celebrations, practices or even a fun day at the office!

     

    Corrine Jackson serving a customer in the park

    Corrine Jackson serving a customer in the park

     

    Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart is making the greater San Antonio area a sweeter place to live, block by block and stop by stop. Cori Jean has a full assortment of flavors that’ll lift your spirits and brighten your day. No matter the heat and no matter the mood.

     

    Coconut ice cream in a coconut shell

    Coconut ice cream in a coconut shell

     

    More than a simple ice cream cart, Cori Jean provides classic Texas hospitality to match classic childhood recipes. She wants to ensure everyone she meets gets satisfied inside & out. Book her today to take your next party from simply sweet to extraordinary, and help make San Antonio a whole lot yummier.

    You can find Cori Jean’s Ice Cream Cart by following her Facebook Page: @corijeanicecream

     

    Corrine Jackson and a frozen treat

    Corrine Jackson and a frozen treat

     

    Client Assistance:

    Corinne visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New several times before starting the business. Together, they worked on business entity formation, sales tax, self-employment issues and Quickbooks.

    Corinne was quoted saying, “Larry is very open to questions and is able to empower those he meets with. I tell friends who are scared to take the next step to visit him. There is a no judgement zone.”

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Corinne was able to start her business and form one full time job. We are proud to be a part of Cori Jean’s Ice Cream success!

     


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call Larry at 830-214-6435.

    Check out more New Braunfels and Seguin success stories!

    Interested in receiving New Braunfels & Seguin news on a weekly basis? Then sign up for our e-newsletter!  click here to sign up.

     


    The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers integrated services to new and experienced business owners in San Antonio, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and 8 other surrounding counties. We provide professional, confidential one-on-one business advising services at no charge.  The UTSA SBDC also offers no-cost/low-cost training workshops covering a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs grow.

  • Mireles_Party_Ice

    Jesus Mireles IV, Vice President, Mireles Party Ice

    Packing crushed ice into 40 lb. paper bags was the start of a family business that would grow to serve customers across Central and South Texas. In its early beginnings, Mireles Party Ice, owned and operated by Jesus “Jesse’” Mireles and wife, Melinda, was a grocery store that catered to the surrounding community and had a high volume of requests for kegs and ice. Although the store became the largest keg distributor in San Antonio, Jesse found greater value in focusing the business on ice manufacturing.

    Through the 1980’s, the couple purchased ice blocks from local ice companies and packaged crushed ice in paper bags. By the 1990’s, Jesse had acquired two 2,400 lb. ice makers and in 2001, he built his first ice plant. With plans to hand down the family business to his son, Jesse Mireles IV, and daughters, Mireya and Bianca, Jesse IV assumed the role of vice president and contacted the San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance.

    With the help of SBDC Business Advisor, John Warlow, the two worked on the company’s business plan, loan preparation, distribution forecasts and projections.  Since working with the SBDC, Mireles Party Ice has experienced great progress. The company secured a $2.5 million SBA loan and retained 35 jobs. Today, the business is in the midst of growing into its second location. With plans to shut down their original location, the new 26,000 square foot facility has the capacity to produce up to 350 tons of ice per day. Their new ice maker uses advanced technology to control the production line efficiently. In addition, the company’s 12 operating trucks deliver to a diverse client base including convenience stores, restaurants, bars, construction companies, airlines, food companies and more. By 2020, the company plans to expand its region farther South.

    “The San Antonio SBDC provided comprehensive documentation and expertise to assist with the preparation of the business plan, which received numerous compliments.”