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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
near future.

 

Impact on the Community:

  • Business Expansion
  • Two Jobs Retained

 


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    Trail's End Gunworks, LLC
    Trail's End Gunworks, LLC

Contact

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.