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15 grads geared for small business

June 27, 2013

The newest group of Small Business Management Certificate Program graduates celebrated their accomplishment among family and friends June 13, 2013. The program encompassed eight start up seminars and one-on-one advising so help this fresh batch of entrepreneurs take one step closer to business ownership… 

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A diverse group of people gathered Thursday for a graduation ceremony at Stephens Central Library. Fifteen individuals completed the training program in small business management.

The Small Business Management Certificate Program, SBMCP, offered by Angelo State University Small Business Development Center, provides an opportunity for attendees to learn the ins and outs of starting a business. The training program is offered in two formats. The difference between the two is the length of time to completion.

The first option is to sign up and complete the requirements over the course of a year. The second option is to take the series of evening seminars at the rate of one every week for eight weeks. There are additional requirements including completion of online training modules, meeting with a business adviser and working on a rough draft for a business plan.

Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, Jessica Lambert, business development specialist, SBDC training coordinator and SBMCP manager, laid out the purpose of the program in her congratulatory comments to the program graduates.

“All of the graduates who complete their requirements, whether the self-paced or in eight weeks, have been presented with a thorough overview of the realities and responsibilities associated with business management and ownership,” she said.

“Our main goal in developing the Small Business Management Certificate Program is to introduce the important information and resources the participants will need in the future to be successful business owners.”

Graduates and attendees of the evening’s ceremony also were treated to words of wisdom from current business owners Joanna Alexander of Alexander Resource Group, and Joe Spano, restaurant and beverage consultant.

Alexander continued by directing comments directly to the program graduates.

“You will need to set your standards for your business, but you will need to live by those standards not only at work, but at home, as well,” she said.

“You are going to make mistakes. Just make those mistakes only once,” he said.

He stressed the importance of continuous customer service.

“Your place of business is not the only opportunity for customer service. You are your company’s best advertisement and when you are away from your business, people will be watching you and judging your business by your actions,” he said.

The evening drew to a close as each of the Small Business Management Certificate Program graduate’s name was called, one at a time as they walked to the front of the room, received their certificate, posed for pictures, and then once again were congratulated by their family and friends.

And then everyone ate cake.

If you would like to participate in any of the many offerings of the ASU-SBDC, give the SBDC a call at 325-942-2098.

“Business Tips” was written by Peggy Rosser, Rural Business Development Specialist and Certified Business Adviser IV of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at

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