Client Success Stories

  • Givin’ Tree – New Braunfels, Texas

    Meet Serena Morris, owner of the Givin’ Tree located in New Braunfels, Texas.

     

    Meet Serena Morris (right), owner of the Givin' Tree located in New Braunfels, Texas

    Meet Serena Morris (right), owner of the Givin’ Tree located in New Braunfels, Texas

     

    Serena Morris opened her business, the Givin’ Tree, June 2018.

    The Givin’ Tree is a clothing closet for high school aged kids that are in need of formal wear for proms. Serena also operates a Wedding Fair once a year. This fair is put on for people in need of wedding gowns. The Givin’ Tree is a for-profit business. Serena hopes to use the profits, at a future date, to fund a scholarship called “Princess for a Night.”

    Client Assistance:

    Serena used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Sam Morgan. Together, they worked on entity formation tasks including the unincorporated forms for Comal County to get her DBA and the IRS online application for her EIN. They continue working together on her business plan.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Serena was able to start her business and form one full time job.

    We are proud to be a part of the Givin’ Tree’s success!

     


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us 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.

  • Ritchie Limb and Brace

    David and Lori Ritchie, owners of Ritchie Limb and Brace (RLB), have been seeking assistance from the UTSA Small Business Development Center since 2010.  RLB specializes in manufacturing custom-made prosthetic and orthotic devices, diabetic shoes, patient education and support in using the devices.  The company provides routine follow up to manage the patient’s care of devices. The stimulus for opening Ritchie Limb and Brace, LLC was due to David Ritchie’s father who had his left leg amputated when David was a teenager. Upon opening the original practice in Seguin in 2010, David realized his dream to help other people with similar conditions as his father.  The company’s recent expansion to the new location in New Braunfels, which opened in January 2015, continues to strengthen that mission.  Their services enable people with disabilities to maintain an active lifestyle, which directly helps them maintain their health.  This allows them to reduce the incidence of further major healthcare events.  The more active they are the better their health is. A properly fitting prosthesis will allow their patients to walk with safety and security.  The owners believe their business is a blend of healthcare and mechanics. The patients that they work with are in the middle of a healthcare crisis and they find it their duty to restore their abilities to ambulate.  Their intervention enables the patient to return to work, care for their family, maintain their own health, provides a sense of self-worth and overcome the feeling of being “disabled” and restore their feeling of independence.

    RLB obtained a commercial loan in order to build the New Braunfels location. This included capital expenses such as computers and new equipment. They both attended marketing workshops at the SA SBDC to help with marketing their business. The company’s future plans include developing a wellness center focused around the person with amputation and other forms of disabilities.  Also providing advanced gait training classes. They also plan to open two more locations in the area to continue to increase their presence and provide convenient locations for their patients. Two new jobs were created and eight existing jobs were retained due to their business expansion in New Braunfels.

    Ritchie Limb and Brace’s website:   http://www.rlandb.com/

    “Wayne Looff has been a constant presence for us and has been available to discuss pending decisions such as personnel hiring, expanding the business and just being there for us when we felt lost. We can trust his judgment and advice.” David and Lori Ritchie

  • Alida, Luis and Bobbi Reyes De Jesus-Harris, Owners with San Antonio District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales

    Luis and Bobbi Reyes De Jesus-Harris celebrated the grand opening of their Westside restaurant with a 3 day event that culminated with festivities on Monday, April 9.  The day was highlighted by a visit from San Antonio District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales to welcome the new business to the Westside. Big Lou and Bobbi worked with the UTSA Small Business Development Center to plan for this venture.  They received assistance from Senior Business Advisor David Baenziger who worked with them closely on their business plan and financial projections to get funding. They received assistance from the Westside Development Corporation who continues to work with them to promote the business.

    The restaurant features breakfast sandwiches and beverages.  They offer lunch and dinner sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets. They are located at: 527 El Paso St., San Antonio, TX  78207

    They are open Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM – 7 PM, Friday from 9 AM – 9 PM and Saturday from 12 PM – 9 PM. Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Alidatx/ 

  • DJ’s Hot Dog House – Seguin, Texas

    Meet Deborah Herrera, owner of DJ’s Hot Dog House located in Seguin, Texas.

    Meet Deborah Herrera, owner of DJ's Hot Dog House.

    Meet Deborah Herrera, owner of DJ’s Hot Dog House.

     

    Debbie Herrera opened her business, DJ’s Hot Dog House, in October 2017. They offer American food with a focus on hot dogs – proclaiming proudly to be home of the Steamie Weenie.

     

    DJ's Hot Dog House, Seguin, TX

    DJ’s Hot Dog House, Seguin, TX

     

    You can find Dj’s Hot Dog House on their website at http://djshotdoghouse.com/. They are located at 1117 East Court Street, Seguin, TX 78155. You can also call them at 830-433-7021.

     

    "Build Your Own" hotdog at DJ's Hot Dog House, Seguin, TX

    “Build Your Own” hotdog at DJ’s Hot Dog House, Seguin, TX

     

    Client Assistance:

    Debbie used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on entity formation tasks including IRS Profit and Loss filings for a business, the Assumed Name Certificate, Sales Tax and the lending process. They also discussed the Certificate of Occupancy and health inspections.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Debbie was able to start her business, form two full time jobs and five part time jobs.

    We are proud to be a part of DJ’s Hot Dog House’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.

  • Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC, Corpus Christi

    Meet Mauricio Ramirez, owner and operator of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC.

    Mauricio Ramirez, owner and operator of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC

    Mauricio Ramirez, owner and operator of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC

     

    Mauricio Ramirez achieved one of his life goals by opening Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC. He provides residential and commercial trash bin cleaning services to Corpus Christi area and the surrounding areas. This family business’s motto: Coastal Bend Strong, Coastal Bend Clean!

     

    Premier Bin Cleaning Truck

    Premier Bin Cleaning Truck

     

    At Premier Bin Cleaning, they offer professional trash and recycle bin  cleaning service. Their unique approach is used for eliminating unwanted bacteria,  germs, odor, flies, dirt and grime, living in your trash bins. Their goal  is to provide an efficient, easily affordable and environmentally friendly curbside trash and recycle bin-cleaning service to your  community.

     

    Mauricio Ramirez, owner and operator of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC

    Mauricio Ramirez, owner and operator of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC

     

    Mauricio said, “Larry was very helpful. We came in with multiple questions, and he has helped answer every one along the way.”
    You can find Premier Bin Cleaning at www.premiertrashbin.com and contact them at info@premiertrashbin.com or 361-929-5656.

     

    Client Assistance:

    Mauricio visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center in both New Braunfels and Seguin and met with Business Advisor, Larry New many times before starting his business. Together, they worked on business entity formation, the business plan, IP questions and their website.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Mauricio was able to start his business and create 2 full time jobs and 1 part time job. We are proud to be a part of Premier Bin Cleaning, LLC’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.

    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.