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Suntans, Etc.

March 04, 2013

When a local suntan salon owner decided to close shop, Chad Stanfield and his wife Jenn saw an opportunity. The business had an established clientele, well maintained equipment, and an inventory with a good profit margin. But before making the leap, they sought advising from the ASU-SBDC.

Before snapping up this opportunity, Chad called the Angelo State University—Small Business Development Center and scheduled an appointment with James Leavelle.  Chad wanted to learn more about the industry and general performance of businesses within the industry. James was able to provide Chad with industry research that was beneficial for Chad in making the decision to purchase the business assets.

James also made suggestions to Chad on how to get his business setup and legally structured. In describing his experience, Chad said “James was extremely helpful in the final decision on purchasing the business. His help in researching information and necessary startup requirements were vital to making a smooth transition from the prior owner. I will definitely seek out help from the SBDC in the future when the need arises.”

Suntans Etc. now offers tanning and tanning products as one of San Angelo’s newest small businesses.

Suntans Etc.
Chad Stanfield
3404 Knickerbocker Rd
Sole Proprietorship
2012
Advisor: James Leavelle


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James Leavelle

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    James Leavelle

    Business Development Specialist
    james.leavelle@angelo.edu

    James joined the SBDC in November 2011 as a Business Development Specialist.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and completed his MBA from Angelo State University in December 2011. After a career in the United States Air Force, James has owned and managed a floorcovering business.  Additionally, he has been a store manager and a multi-unit manager in the convenience store industry.  He further utilized that retail management experience training store management and staff for a large convenience store chain.   While his career has led him to multiple parts of the world, San Angelo has become home for him and his family.