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    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.” 

  • Meet Claire Ozin and Kyle Schurig, co-owners of SPH Performance Gear.

    Claire Ozin opened SPH Performance Gear LLC in New Braunfels, Texas in April of 2016. Together with Kyle Schurig, a world class horse trainer, they manufacture and sell high performance horse pads that feature superior wither relief and better leg contact.

    Claire Ozin and Kyle Schurig

    SPH Performance Gear customers are located around the world. Their customer base includes a large Australian following plus many competitive riders. SPH Performance Gear are a sponsor of the Junior National Finals Rodeo this year.

    You can find SPH Performance Gear LLC at https://schurig-performance-gear.myshopify.com/ and on Facebook at SPHGear2015.

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    Saddle Pad

    Client Assistance:

    Claire visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center. She met with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, several times before starting the business. Together, they worked on business plans and business entity formation.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Claire was able to start her business and form one full time job. We are proud to be a part of SPH Performance Gear’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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  • Meet Laurel and Kenny Winslow – Owners of Wicked Voodoo Espresso.

    Wicked Voodoo Espresso: Owners

    Laurel and Kenny Winslow opened Wicked Voodoo Espresso, LLC in New Braunfels, Texas in November of 2016. Wicked Voodoo Espresso is a coffee company that serves you their delicious potions – such as organic fair trade coffee, coffee drinks and teas. They are open and ready to entrance you with their wicked good brews. You can check them out at: http://www.wickedvoodooespresso.com/

    Wicked Voodoo Espresso will cast a spell on you and you will instantaneously fall in love with coffee again! They value great, fresh roasted coffee and warm friendly service. Visit them and get wicked with rich aromas and taste that they have to offer in your cup every day.

    Client Assistance:

    Laurel and Kenny worked with the UTSA Small Business Development Center and the New Braunfels area advisor Larry New. Together they worked on business plans and business entity formation. While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Laurel and Kenny were able to start their business, employ 2 full time jobs and 4 part time jobs. We are proud to be a part of Laurel and Kenny’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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  • Dr. Kenneth Yu is a facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon who also does fills and other related procedures. Dr. Yu retired as a colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Air Force where he served service personnel and their families.  He continues to serve out veterans as he works part time at the Veteran’s Hospital while he is growing his practice.  Dr. Yu takes a lot of pride in his work and the quality of the services he provides. He believes in a close personal relationship with his clients to help them feel comfortable in his office. He designed the office himself and his wife did the décor and decorations. It is set up to be a welcoming environment to patients from the first consultation to the follow up of a procedure.

    Dr. Yu located his office in the Dominion area at 21727 IH 10 W, Suite 218, in a new facility. He started his practice with his patient coordinator, Morgan.  He opened his practice in November 2016 with assistance from David Baenziger, Certified Senior Business Adviser.