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  • 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/ 

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

    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. 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.

    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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  • Meet 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!

    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 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.

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

    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.

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  • Dixie Flag and Banner Company

    Dixie Flag and Banner Company

    A legacy client of The University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC since 1993, Dixie Flag and Banner Company has experienced exponential growth since Chairman and CEO Henry “Pete” Van de Putte, Jr. first worked with then Business Advisor, Mary Peters, on an SBA loan that would finance expansion into a 13,000 square foot facility. A manufacturer of flags and banners since 1958, the company has evolved into a trusted industry leader and its work can be seen across some of the most esteemed and recognized venues in the U.S.

    Dixie Flag’s relationship with the SASBDC would develop over the next two decades, as would its own leadership. Now a third-generation company led by Pete’s daughter, Vanessa Van de Putte, President and COO, multiple Dixie Flag employees have gone beyond advising with current Business Advisor Crystal Darby and engaged in SASBDC’s Building Business Excellence (BBE) course. The seven-week strategic leadership program supports established companies scale up. Dixie Flag has since adopted the Values Based Leadership (VBL) facet of the BBE training. The nationally regarded professional development tool created by HOLT CAT is practiced by prominent organizations including the San Antonio Spurs.

    The Outcome

    • Dixie Flag and Banner Company has provided flags for the San Antonio Spurs, the Valero Alamo Bowl, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, five U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, and more.
    • The company has manufactured flags as large as 150 feet by 300 feet.
    • Since the 1950s, the company has grown to employ 38 staff members and over the last 10 years, the company had plateaued at sales between $2.3 million and $2.7 million.
    • Today, Dixie Flag and Banner Company has annual sales exceeding $3 million.

    “As we have faced challenges over the years, the SBDC has been there providing amazing service to our small business.  The SBDC is a San Antonio treasure!  Finding the SBDC’s Building Business Excellence program has had a profound effect on Dixie Flag and Banner Company from the ways we make management decisions to the way the newest employee approaches his or her job. We will continue to send employees to this great program.” Henry “Pete” Van de Putte, Jr., Owner

     Dixie Flag and Banner Company

  • Texas Veterans Janitorial Services

    Texas Veterans Janitorial Services, Marquis Adams, Owner 

    Marquis Adams is an Army veteran who served in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan and is only 28 years old.  His aunt was doing commercial janitorial services in Florida and he thought it might be a lucrative business to start. Marquis was interested in signing with Jan-King as a franchisee since they were the right type of franchise he was looking for.

    Marquis Adams attended several SBDC small business related workshops as well as PeopleVet workshops in preparation for owning his own janitorial firm. Marquis contacted Crystal Darby at the San Antonio SBDC for assistance with his business plan and financial projections. He signed an agreement with Jani-King and started his business on July 2016. For the first three months, he served his customers by himself, but now, he has 12 employees. As a veteran-owned business, he believes in incorporating the values he learned in the Army: Loyalty-Duty-Respect. He strives to hire staff who believe in those values. Due to the business start-up, new jobs were created. The company also acquired a construction cleanup project at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

    “Having my advisor Crystal Darby and the SBDC help me with the business plan, I knew what steps to take to start my business.  Because of how prepared I was, Jani-King had the confidence to give me both small and larger contracts. Crystal had my best interests at heart and guided me every step of the way.”  Marquis Adams