Starting a business is a journey, Yvette Williams and her husband had five children actively participating in sports, the couple was spending about $200 per child on sports apparel. Yvette's realization that she could save money by creating the shirts herself marked the inception of their entrepreneurial journey. Transitioning from a money-saving hobby to a part-time job alongside existing full-time commitments presented its own challenges. Yvette and her business partner, Mayra Olmos, sought guidance from Ana Ramirez, a consultant at America's SBDC at WTAMU. Together, they crafted a business plan and navigated the complexities of securing funding from Friona EDC.
America's SBDC at West Texas A&M University in Amarillo, Ana Ramirez, played a pivotal role in Dos Chixx's journey. Guiding them through the creation of a robust business plan, the SBDC facilitated the successful application for Friona EDC funding. Collaborating closely, she crafted realistic cash flow projections essential for the business's success. The SBDC also assisted with marketing strategies or their social media presence.
Mi Linda Michoacana, founded in 2016 by Guillermo Leanos and Claudia Valles, emerged with a vision to share the rich tapestry of Latin culture and provide new experiences for those yearning for a taste of Mexico. Originating as a modest vendor of ice cream, the venture swiftly evolved. In 2017, the dynamic duo expanded their offerings beyond ice cream, introducing a diverse range of products. This strategic move captured the community's attention, fueling a surge in interest and propelling the business to prosperity.
Amidst this growth, Guillermo Leanos faced a unique challenge-navigating the business landscape without proficiency in English. Despite this linguistic hurdle, the duo's dedication and innovative approach enabled them to overcome communication barriers. As Mi Linda Michoacana continued to flourish, the visionary owners set their sights on the next phase of expansion. In 2021, with an eye on enhancing sales and customer service, plans were set in motion for the construction of a new, larger facility. This strategic decision reflects the commitment to not only meet but exceed the growing demands of their clientele, ensuring a continued celebration of the vibrant flavors and traditions of Mexico.
Following a discussion with their lender, it was recommended that they approach the SBDC for assistance in developing a comprehensive business plan and financial projections essential for securing the required funding. Becky Castilleja, a seasoned SBDC employee and Center Program Coordinator, took the initiative to enhance her proficiency in business Spanish. As a cohesive team, the SBDC dedicated its efforts to delivering bilingual business consulting services, ensuring an effective conveyance of the owners' business concept in written form. Consequently, this refined plan enabled the banker to grasp the intricacies of the business, facilitating the successful funding of the project.
In 2022, 4Sight Environmental, a veteran-owned business, embarked on a remarkable journey that would redefine the landscape of source testing services, particularly in the natural gas industry. Armed with cutting-edge technology and a commitment to excellence, 4Sight quickly established itself as a leader in the field.
The company's innovative approach was evident in its state-of-the-art equipment, comprising modular, automated, and remotely accessible systems. This strategic choice allowed 4Sight to be agile and responsive to the evolving needs of its clients. 4Sight introduced the most advanced fully automated mobile testing platform in the source testing industry.
The crowning achievement came with the development of patented skids, equipped with advanced automation, rugged field communications, and unparalleled portability. These skids positioned 4Sight as an industry trailblazer, delivering a versatile source testing solution at a fraction of the cost. The success of these skids was underscored by their ability to access remote sites with ease.
By the end of 2022, 4Sight's Skid Haulers, loaded with three skids each, were operating seamlessly in various locations. This revolutionary setup allowed a single technician to conduct three fully compliant EPA RM2 & ASTM D6348 tests simultaneously at one to three separate locations. This efficiency not only saved time but also proved to be a cost-effective solution for clients in the natural gas industry.
America's SBDC in Abilene, Texas delivered 100+ counseling hours, offering comprehensive support in business plan development, loan preparation, and expert guidance in tax, financial, and management matters.
Established in 2022 through the support of an approved SBA loan and owners' investment, 4Sight Environmental, Inc. thrives with its three dedicated employees. During National Veterans Small Business Week, Scott, one of the owners, was honored as a Veteran Owned Business Champion, highlighting the company's commitment to excellence and its significant contributions in the realm of environmental services.