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San Angelo’s New “Gold Standard”

May 31, 2013

Will and his brother Phillip were raised by their grandmother. Over many years they enjoyed her cooking immensely. Will attended Angelo State University and acquired a teaching degree. He taught for a couple of years and really enjoyed it. However, he and his brother talked about opening a restaurant that featured their grandmother’s recipes…

Will and his brother Phillip were raised by their grandmother. Over many years they enjoyed her cooking immensely. Will attended Angelo State University and acquired a teaching degree. He taught for a couple of years and really enjoyed it. However, he and his brother talked about opening a restaurant that featured their grandmother’s recipes.

They were unsure how to start this process, so they met with Advisor Paul Howard of the ASU • Small Business Development Center. Paul suggested they begin working on a business plan and they did. After many modifications and suggestions from Paul, they presented their plan to a lender and were approved for a loan to finance their restaurant.

Casa Bella opened in September 2012. Will says, “The SBDC helped me put an idea into a professional business plan that helped guide the start of my business.” This new eating establishment provides Mexican and American food just like grandma used to make. The business created ten jobs for San Angelo’s economy.

 

Casa Bella is located at 2424 Vandervender Avenue in San Angelo

 

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  • 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.