Client Success Stories

  • Julia Bates with Mello Be cushion

    Julia Bates had a career in nursing, as a pediatric nurse and as a school nurse. She has used mindfulness in her nursing career to help her patients as well as to relieve her own stress. She has been interested in the topic for years. Due to sciatic pain, she was sitting in a chair with cushions for meditation. When her daughter, Corey, was 16, she suffered from a debilitating illness. Julia knew mindful meditation would help her with her physical and emotional symptoms, but the traditional cushion was too hard, and Corey felt unstable on it.  After trying a couple of other styles, Julia designed one, the mello{be}, that encourages the body to sit in an upright position on the floor with comfort and stability. As Julia began using it for meditation, she noticed her sciatic pain was going away. Now she uses it as an everyday seat, increasing her hip flexibility, balance and leg strength.

    The cushion has many uses: meditation, sitting on the floor, picnics, outdoor seating, watching movies, reading in bed. She was recognized at both StartUp Weekend and Venture Challenge for her mats. She also won second place in Macy’s Female Entrepreneur Challenge. Julia established a relationship with West Elm and her cushions have sold at their flagship store in Austin as well as the one in San Antonio in the Pearl area. The Trinity University Meditation Center recently put in an order for the cushions. She realized that people could benefit from a smaller version of the cushion so she has created the worker{be} that takes all of the benefits of the mello{be}, including pain reduction, a healthy s-curve in your spine, and improved posture, and puts it into a cushion that fits anywhere. This smaller cushion is ideal for people who work at computers who tend to have frequent back pain that can cause lost work days and increased medical care.

    Julia worked with Senior Business Advisor Crystal Darby who assisted with connections, providing feedback at various points in the life of the business, and searching for manufacturing firms to produce the quantities that Julia now needs to satisfy her customers. Julia’s tagline is happy butt + happy spine = happy life.

    Julia explains, “The SBDC is a valuable resource for the entrepreneur community. I regularly recommend Crystal Darby for people who need advisors for business.”

    Website: https://www.mellobe.co/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melloBecompany/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jafbates

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mellobeco/

  • Mark Hauck is the owner of Hill Country Forklift, LLC, a business based in New Braunfels. He provides service for forklift repairs, rentals, maintenance, and repair.

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

     

    Mark had worked in the forklift industry for over 25 years as an employee. However, he had a strong desire to own a business of his own. The veteran owned business services all brands of forklifts in the San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Fredericksburg and Seguin areas.

     

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

     

    Consulting with a skilled Forklift Repair Service is a great idea if you’re ready to embark on a repair, maintenance, or purchasing equipment. Mark Hauck, with Hill Country Forklift, can address your questions and concerns in a timely manner. You can rely on him to always perform honest and professional workmanship. Hill Country is proud to be locally owned and run, so the needs of our customers throughout the Greater New Braunfels area will always come first.

    You can contact Mark at mark@hillcountryforklift.com or by calling (210) 833-1149 or visiting his website: https://hillcountryforklift.com

     

    Hill Country Forklift work truck lifting heavy equipment

    Hill Country Forklift work truck lifting heavy equipment

    Client Assistance:

    Mark used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on forming the veteran-owned business, evaluating the financial need for capital, learning the administrative requirements of a small business and marketing.

    We are proud to be a part of Hill Country Forklift’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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  • Temperature Pro of San Antonio, Owners Courtney and Tim Meier

    Courtney and Tim Meier own and operate a Temperature Pro of San Antonio franchise. They are a Heating, Air Conditioning, Indoor Air Quality service provider focused on the customer experience. This means, they do not just hire commission-based technicians but rather, employees focused on the customer service experience. They are locally-owned, woman-owned and family operated. The company offers services to both residential and commercial businesses and is a nationally recognized service brand.

    The Meiers were introduced to the franchise opportunity through FranNet. Through the advice of close friends, they contacted Lisha Garcia, Senior Business Advisor at the UTSA Small Business Development Center. Lisha provided them with guidance on the entire FranNet franchise process. Specifically, they reviewed a start-up budget, requested research and discussed staffing needs. With Lisha’s help, the Meiers felt they had the support and resources to feel confident about their business decisions for the franchise. They continue to work with the UTSA SBDC on their growth strategies

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  • Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse, a business based in New Braunfels, providing wholesale and retail specialty fabrics including cork fabric, straps, and piping throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She recently expanded her offerings to include waxed cotton canvas.

    Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse

    Talia says, “What started as a love for all things fabric and relationship building with customers came this Funhouse of cork supplies.  Knowing very little about cork except for its undeniable beauty, I began to research and discovered all of its amazing natural qualities.  It’s not only animal friendly, it’s easy on the environment and actually plays a part in reducing greenhouse gases. Selling, using, and buying cork products saves these trees, rewarding both the planet AND your creativity!  But, what I personally enjoy most is simply being part of your creative process.”

    Rolls of Cork at Fabric Funhouse

    Located in Texas, Fabric Funhouse is the USA’s premier supplier of cork fabric, straps, and piping. They are dedicated to making cork products accessible to makers and designers both big and small. They offer the largest color selection and shipping daily.

    prints and varieties of luxurious, Portuguese cork fabric

    In an interview for the 2019 International Quilt Market, Talia said, “Don’t get distracted by a plan B, if plan A doesn’t work then find another plan A.  If you ever thought of starting a creative career, remember that most people are afraid to take risks.  Go to your local Small Business Development Center.  It is free professional resources that can guide you at any stage in your business.  They are government funded and their mission is to help small businesses succeed.”

    You can find Fabric Funhouse at https://fabricfunhouse.com.

    Fabric Funhouse cork logo and sewing machine

    Client Assistance:

    Talia, a former U.S. Marine, used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, also a former U.S. Marine. Together, they worked on business formation, evaluating the financial need for capital and learning the administrative requirements of a small business.

    We are proud to be a part of Fabric Funhouse’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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  • Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc. He purchased a Clothes Bin franchise, which has developed a proven process for the collection, management and distribution of clothes, shoes and textiles throughout the United States.

    Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc.
    Strategically located in the parking lots of convenience stores, gas stations, shopping centers or wherever people congregate, these bright green bins are destined to become the go-to for anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle their clothes, shoes and textiles.

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc
    Tom has recycling bins across central Texas – located in New Braunfels, Austin, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, San Antonio, and Wimberley. Some of these recycling bins are located at schools. When you do your part by recycling, Tom does his. Every pound recycled at those respective bins supports those respective School Districts. In New Braunfels, you can find a Lansdell Recycling Bin at the Shell gas station next to Chili’s on SR 46.  (1210 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130).

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc - Wimberley ISD

    Client Assistance:

    Tom used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on the business plan, lending process and sales tax.

    Tom said, “Service and Support from the local New Braunfels SBDC Rep (Larry New) was excellent!”

    We are proud to be a part of Lansdell Recycling, Inc’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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