Business advisers to be housed in one place
March 26, 2012
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Last Wednesday’s “board cutting” ceremony marked the beginning of renovations for the long awaited Business Resource Center or BRC.
In July 2007, newly arrived ASU President Dr. Joseph Rallo asked the question: Where is the place one can go to receive business startup or business expansion assistance, help in solving problems, help with workforce issues, or to receive location/relocation incentives and tax abatement assistance in San Angelo?
Currently there is not one location. Instead, there are various partners working together to provide technical business assistance and training, business incubation, workforce development, workforce recruitment and training, tax abatements and incentive assistance, business recruitment, location assistance, networking, and chamber member services.
Although they are in different locations in San Angelo, the partners work well together for the benefit of those seeking help. There has been much successful collaboration in the past, especially with businesses looking to expand in or relocate to San Angelo.
Approximately four and half years ago, Dr. Rallo’s vision brought together local business assistance and economic development partners to begin discussing the possibility of coming together under one roof to provide even more responsive services to the business community. A Business Resource Center concept was developed, illustrating there will be “one door” to walk through for business and economic development assistance.
The Business Resource Center will soon be a reality, with renovations expected to be completed in September of this year. The partners having a full-time presence in the facility include ASU Small Business Development Center, the City of San Angelo Development Corporation and the Business Incubator. San Angelo Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development, Concho Valley Workforce Development Board, Downtown San Angelo Inc., and Howard College Workforce Training will have a part-time presence.
These independent partner programs will work in a cooperative and collaborative way to provide assistance. When a need arises, the partners can quickly get together to provide the most effective and efficient assistance. This will better serve the business community, which must now make individual appointments and drive to various locations in town.
The partners will continue to be independent, stand-alone programs serving their usual clients as they have for many years, but will have the ability to quickly come together when needed as described above. Thanks go to the City of San Angelo and City of San Angelo Development Corporation who purchased the facility, and will provide renovations.
For more information on the Business Resource Center, go to cvbiz.org web portal and click on the Business Resource Center link. The BRC will be located at 69 N. Chadbourne St.
“Business Tips” was written by Dave Erickson, Director and Certified Business Adviser IV, of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact him at David.Erickson@angelo.edu.