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Some traditional classroom-based training/events will be available electronically.
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  • Fur_Feather

    Fur and Feather Family Vet, Jenifer Scheibe, DVM

    Fur and Feather Family Vet provides veterinary services such as vaccines, heartworm testing, dental cleaning, spay neuter and hospitalization and offers products such as heartworm and flea prevention, prescription foods, ear cleaners, pet treats and pet medications. Dr. Jenifer Scheibe has been a veterinarian since 2008 but she has actually been in the veterinary field since she was 16 years old. She worked her way up from kennel assistant to technician and then completed eight years of college to become a veterinarian. So, one could say she has a compassion for animals. While in veterinary school, she had already planned to someday start her own veterinary practice. She wanted to get more experience and find the right location before actually going forward with her plan.

    Jenifer met with the UTSA Small Business Development Center’s Ruben Lopez, who helped her with budgets, business plan refining and loan acquisition preparation. They also worked on market research and payroll processing. She received approval for a loan from Wells Fargo that was used to pay a builder, obtain a lease and purchase medical equipment. She opened her veterinary clinic in January 2017.  Due to her new start-up, new jobs were created.  Besides being open late hours to help people with their sick pets after work, Fur and Feather Family Vet is open on weekends.  They also help the community by helping to spay/neuter the Bulverde Humane Society and Animal Rescue Connections kittens.  Jenifer would eventually like to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    “Ruben Lopez was a great asset every step of the way and still checks up on my business even now that my veterinary hospital is open.” Jenifer Scheibe, DVM

  • Meet Marcia Richardson, owner and photographer of Faces-Places-Photography.

    Marcia Richardson, owner and photographer of Faces-Places-Photography

    Marcia took a winding road to this profession.  As an Air Force kid and an Army wife her life experiences and extensive travel have all prepared her for this exciting career. She spent more than 20 years as a dental hygienist, and is now pursuing the artistic side of her personality. She has studied photography extensively, most recently as a student at the Art Institute of San Antonio; where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Digital Photography in 2017. Marcia is fulfilling a dream by becoming a professional photographer – “Photographs are memories for a lifetime” is a guiding principle of her business.

    Marcia said, “Larry New and Brandi Randle provide a welcoming and encouraging environment to learn more about starting a successful business. A great resource!”

    You can find Faces-Places-Photography at http://www.faces-places-photography.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marciarichardsonfacesplacesphotography/, via email at marcia@faces-places-photography.com or by calling 254-371-7892.

    (c) Marcia Richardson, Faces-Places-Photography

    (c) Marcia Richardson, Faces-Places-Photography

    (c) Marcia Richardson, Faces-Places-Photography

    Client Assistance:

    Marcia visited the New Braunfels Satellite Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and met with Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on business entity formation, branding and identifying target markets and advertising.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Marcia was able to start and expand her business and create 1 full time job. We are proud to be a part of Faces-Places-Photography’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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  • 2 Step Impressions

    2 Step Impressions, San Antonio, TX, Owners, Jerry Lozano and Rolando Ramirez

    Owners, Jerry Lozano and Rolando Ramirez started 2-Step Impressions with the idea of providing affordable customized printing to their customers who need small quantity promotional and gift products. Their business was built on the foundation of addressing the needs of customers who want only small print jobs and need to stay within a smaller budget.

    Jerry is a UTSA Alumni and has experience in the toy, amusement and vending industry. Rolando attended Princeton University where he studied Biology and Human Affairs. He is currently a Physician Assistant in a family practice.

    Jerry had attended many small business workshops at the SBDC which provided him a way to focus on networking and getting the business started. Jerry and Rolando met with SBDC Senior Business Advisor, Lisha Garcia on developing their value proposition to connect the right message to their customers.  Recently, their business was also invited to participate in the San Antonio Entrepreneurial Week’s client showcase and evening reception at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Jerry and Rolando continue to work with Lisha Garcia to find ways to grow into a successful business in the San Antonio market.

    “Our business advisor, Lisha Garcia, gave us great initial advice on developing our value proposition to connect the right message to our customers.  She assured us she will be there through our business journey. We are confident that, with the assistance of Lisha and the Small Business Development Center, 2 Step Impressions can grow into a successful business in San Antonio.”

  • Meet Dr. Matthew James, owner of San Antonio Elite Chiropractic, LLC.

    Dr. Matthew James, owner of San Antonio Elite Chiropractic, LLC

    With years of schooling completed including his undergraduate degree from UTSA and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University, Matt James was ready to chase his lifelong dream of owning his own business.

    Matt will offer chiropractic treatments and passive therapies plus massage and wellness services at his new business, San Antonio Elite Chiropractic, LLC. He plans to contribute to his community through wellness and leadership in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. He is looking to grow enough to expand to a second location.

    Matt said, “Larry is a great advisor and has loads of experience. He also continues to learn by finding out the answers to any questions you have that he doesn’t know already”

    You can find Matt and San Antonio Elite Chiropractic, LLC at 2397 NW Military Hwy, Ste. D, San Antonio, TX 78231. You can contact them online at https://www.saelitechiropractic.com/ or call 210-342-3507.

    Dr. Matthew James, owner of San Antonio Elite Chiropractic, LLC

    Client Assistance:

    Matt visited the New Braunfels Office of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New several times before starting his business. Together, they worked on business entity formation, the business plan and financial projections, and marketing issues.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Matt was able to start his business and create 8 full time jobs. We are proud to be a part of San Antonio Elite Chiropractic’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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  • Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistr

    Drs. Mr. and Mrs. Adetona, Owners, Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry

    Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry (PAPPD) has served their community for years. However, when the owners noticed their facility was not being used to capacity, they considered the addition of an urgent care component.  They felt the new care component would further enhance their goal of providing state-of-the art pediatric medical and pediatric dental services for patients between the ages of 0 to 21. Owners, Drs. Mr. and Mrs. Adetona, attended medical and dental school in Nigeria. Dr. Olutola completed his pediatric residency at UT Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and a Master of Public Health at UTHSC in Houston. Dr. Omolola completed her pediatric dentistry residency at UTHSCSA.

    The PAPPD facility includes 16 rooms, each equipped with medical and dentistry equipment allowing them to be used for dual types of care.  Families can take advantage of scheduling their children’s medical and dental appointments in one day.

    Originally started with the assistance of the UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) back in 2011, PAPPD’s expansion included the SBDC’s guidance once again. David Baenziger, Senior Business Advisor assisted with their business plan to include the urgent care extension. They were able to obtain an SBA loan to move forward with the project. They also increased their staff and retained existing staff. The urgent care offers weekend hours and an ambulance service which can transport extremely ill patients to nearby hospitals for further treatment. PAPPD is the only pediatric medical and dental urgent care facility in the state of Texas. Their vision is to replicate their business model throughout San Antonio and Texas.

     “David Baenziger was a great help in developing a unique business plan to fit our business model, which helped us obtain a business loan for the expansion project. David went above and beyond, and checked up on us during the building process.” – Drs. Mr. and Mrs. Adetona, Owners, Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric Dentistry