Shooting for Success
September 04, 2012
When Steve & Steve, partners at Trail’s End Gunworks, LLC, decided they needed to move locations, they came to the SBDC looking for answers to questions regarding the move.
Owner/Managers: Steve Montoya & Steve Larson
Nature of Business: Gunsmith
City: San Angelo, TX
SBDC Business Advisor: Paul Howard
Steve Montoya had been working with Steve Larson for a few years
learning the gunsmith trade. After discussing the situation, Steve M.
and Steve L. became partners in the business. Unfortunately the
business had to move from its current location. Steve M.’s father
owned a building in the downtown area of San Angelo. They were
unsure how to proceed with this venture so they met with Advisor Paul
Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development
Center. Paul learned Steve and Steve did not have a partnership
agreement between them and discussed how important it is to have it.
He also suggested they start working on a business plan to help them
determine this would be the correct move for the business. Steve M.
said, “The SBDC gave us great direction.”
After working on the business plan and further discussion, Trail’s End
Gunworks, LLC is now a fixture in downtown San Angelo. This
expansion helped retain two jobs with hopes of creating jobs in the
Impact on the Community:
- Business Expansion
- Two Jobs Retained
Become A Success Story
Mandy found her niche while working for someone else. She really enjoyed booking travel plans for the executives where she was employed. So much so that she started her own agency. Mandy was very happy with the success of her business but knew she had to start a marketing campaign.
Stacey Fisher, a lifelong Sonora resident, decided to convert one of her passions into a business, Sew Addicted LLC. The name itself says it all; she is addicted to sewing and embroidering anything and everything possible. She has been passionate for crafting since she was a little girl.
“I want to personally thank James Leavelle for the outstanding job he did in helping to prepare my business plan. He was very helpful throughout the whole process.”