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Portable Pampering for Pets

August 02, 2012

Terry was working in the convenience store business for over 15 years. He was satisfied with the work he did and was quite successful. However, he also had a love for dogs. Thats when he had the idea of a Mobile Pet Grooming business. To find out the feasibility of his business idea he has pleased to learn the ASU-SBDC could help…

Terry Sedden
All About Pets Mobile Grooming

Nature of Business: Mobile Pet Grooming
City: San Angelo, Tx
SBDC Business Advisor: Paul Howard

Terry was working in the convenience store business for over 15 years. He was satisfied with the work he did and was quite successful. However, he also had a love for dogs.

Terry did some research and found there might be a need for a mobile dog grooming business in San Angelo. He determined this type of business could work and met with Advisor Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center. Paul suggested Terry write a business plan and went over in detail what needs to be in the plan.

Terry took Paul’s advice and found it would be feasible. Terry found a van for sale that was already loaded with the equipment needed for a mobile pet grooming service. Terry says, “The SBDC helped me with my business plan and talked about different financial plans.”

San Angelo pet owners now have a very convenient way to have their pets groomed. Terry pulls right up to your door and it saves you from having to go to the trouble yourself. This business created one job, but Terry wants to hire another groomer in the very near future.

“The SBDC helped me with my business plan and talked about different financial plans.” – Terry Sedden

Impact on the Community:

  • Business Start
  • One Job Created

Become A Success Story

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    Jessica and Betsy moved to West Texas after being born and raised in a land far removed from these wide open spaces, New York. They came here to start a new life. Jessica is a trained chef and Betsy has worked in the restaurant business. An opportunity became available. A restaurant that is an icon in Robert Lee, Texas, Twisters was for sale. This was a dream come true for them. They met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to discuss the purchase of this business. Paul suggested they get to work on a business plan and showed them how to
    do it. Jessica and Betsy met with almost every bank in San Angelo and none were willing to help them. They met with the bank in Robert Lee and they were granted a loan to purchase the business. Jessica says, “Paul helped with business plan and got us on the right track. He has kept in touch with us to make sure we were still OK in the whole process of the building, maintaining on our plan for our business.”

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    “The Small Business Development Center has helped us a lot with getting a business started. Paul helped me with the NAICS number. He also has helped us out by finding all the information we need.” - Valerie Mondragon
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    Cindy Warren had an idea for a product that would help people work faster, improve their safety, and increase efficiency… and she knew people needed it. She decided it was time to start a business to fill a growing need and contacted the ASU-SBDC for advising assistance to help market her business. SBDC Advisor James Leavelle saw the value in the idea and they started to work together to develop ideas…
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    When the time came to embark on the adventure of starting his own business, Terry got tips and advice from the SBDC to avoid pitfalls along the way.
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    Brandon has been working as a journeyman electrician for years. He had always wanted to be a business owner so he thought it was time to go out on his own. He met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to learn more about starting a small business.

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Advisor Spotlight

  • Paul Howard

      Paul Howard

    Business Development Specialist, BBA, Certified Business Advisor IV
    paul.howard@angelo.edu

    Paul joined the SBDC in September 2005 as a Business Development Specialist with a specialization in family owned small businesses. Paul also holds a Certified Business Advisor III designation. Paul and his father owned and operated a locally owned business for 30 years. He holds a BBA in General Business from Angelo State University. Community projects involving Paul include previous membership in the Downtown Optimist Club and past President of the San Angelo Symphony Chorale. Paul has also served on the Board of Directors for the San Angelo Symphony.