We Lift it Up
November 05, 2012
Lone Star Crane & Fork Lift Service, LLC
Owner/Managers: Valerie Mondragon
Nature of Business: Crane System/Wrecking & Demolition Services
City: San Angelo, TX
SBDC Business Advisor: Paul Howard
Valerie came to West Texas from another part of the state to be close to
her boyfriend Rick. Together they wanted to start a small business.
Rick is a licensed crane operator and they did some research and found
there is a need for the services of crane operations.
After determining they would pursue this venture they met with Advisor
Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business
Development Center. Paul suggested they begin working on a business
plan to determine direction and feasibility.
The business plan helped them understand how they would operate the business and that it would be profitable. Valerie says, “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.”
Lone Star Crane is now open and offering services to San Angelo and the Concho Valley. This business created three jobs to the local economy.
Impact on the Community
Lone Star Crane and Fork Lift Services, LLC
1214 Culberson Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903
Become A Success Story
Gabriel Fernandez and Derek McIntyre joined forces in 2012 to establish their company, Angelo Solutions, LLC. Gabriel owned another company specializing in audio/video and security solutions for residential and commercial customers. When the two created the new business, they sought to expand into the emerging market of Electronic On Board Recording (EOBR) systems.?
Lala’s Fashion owned by Jerri Fierro offers formal wear, specifically for women. The formal wear includes dresses for quinceañeras, prom, special occasions, bridal and more. Lala’s Fashion offers formal wear to the local community and surrounding rural areas. Ms. Jerri Fierro has managed Kerrie’s Creations in Ozona, TX for two and half years when she had the opportunity to run independently and establish her own company offering only formal wear under Lala’s Fashion.
Alvaro has owned and operated his upholstery shop for years. He was ready to do something different. He and his wife owned a building close to where they live and have the upholstery shop. Their plan was to open a burrito stand in the building. Alvaro learned that it wasn’t going to be as easy as he had hoped due to rules, regulations and permits required. He met with Adviser Paul Howard of the Angelo State University • Small Business Development Center to discuss these issues. After many months of working on the building and getting it up to code the burrito stand is now open for business. Alvaro says, “The SBDC kept in touch on our progress and was available if we needed help.”