Special Occasion Entertainment
April 26, 2012
West Texas Guitar
Owner/Managers : Jesse Ramirez
Nature of Business : Guitar Instruction
City : San Angelo
SBDC Business Advisor : Cindy Hartin
Jesse Ramirez was born in San Angelo in 1988. He first picked up guitar at age 13, learning basic chords and playing in the church choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. His family was already active in the choir; his mother (Socorro) directed and sang, and his father (Jesse I) played guitar and sang as well.
Jesse continued his music education throughout junior high and high school as a percussionist. At Lake View High School he played in both the concert band and marching band. Jesse began his classical studies during his senior year at Lake View.
Despite being only self-taught on the guitar thus far, Jesse advanced all the way to the State competition level. After graduating high school in 2006, Jesse took one semester of courses at Angelo State University in San Angelo as a percussion major. His passion for guitar remained strong and would soon lead him away from home.
Jesse graduated from Texas Tech University on May 14, 2011 with his B.M. in Music Performance. He moved back to San Angelo to open his own guitar lesson studio, West Texas Guitar, where he will teach private lessons. Jesse also continues to book public and private events in and around West Texas.
Jesse came to the SBDC for assistance with the management of his business, customers and bookkeeping. Jesse and Cindy Hartin worked together to set up a system through QuickBooks to track his students as well as his inventory. Jesse’s competency with QuickBooks quickly grew and he was able to invoice his students and track payments.
“The ASU SBDC helped me learn QuickBooks. Without this, I wouldn’t have a way to manage my students’ monthly tuition, and sale of lesson books and guitar accessories.
The SBDC is very helpful and are very easy to schedule appointments with. They have helped my business by making the managing part nearly effortless. It allows me to concentrate on my private students, weddings, and concert events knowing that bookkeeping won’t be a chore.
I highly recommend the ASU SBDC to all new and seasoned business owners.”
Impact on the Community:
- Business Expansion
- One Job Retained