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    January 23
    Matt Cutrer had been working as a personal trainer for several years in fitness centers belonging to someone else.  His dream was to own one of his own.  Matt and his wife (Nora) began talking about that dream but wasn’t sure where to go with it.
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    January 1
    Zeke Salazar knows tires!  He has always been the local go-to-guy when friends and family needed help with anything having to do with tires.  Tires on cars, trucks and even lawnmowers, Zeke can fix it.
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    January 1
    Allison had been working for friends and family over the last couple of years providing invitations for weddings, birthdays and special events.  She works full time but really enjoys doing this in her spare time.
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    January 1
    Julie has worked with animals for over 15 years in a local veterinary clinic.  She owns horses on land she has next to her home.  Over the years she noticed a need for a pet crematorium.  She decided she would use the land to operate a business that will provide this service in a loving and caring way.
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    January 1
    Samantha had always been interested in being an entrepreneur.  She was working for a small business owner who sold t-shirts to individuals and sports teams.  The owner was getting close to retirement and asked Samantha if she would be interested in purchasing the business.
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    January 1
    Morgan is a full time student, works for a ranch and owns and operates her own online ladies’ jewelry/apparel store.  The business was going well, but she wanted to take it to another level.
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    January 1
    John Tufts began considering a new business after seeing the success of pedicabs in cities like Austin, Texas.  In fact, he was so enamored by the concept, he began doing a lot of research into the industry to learn how it is operated and about its target market.  Since his full-time job is in marketing, it was a natural course to take.
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    January 1
    Terry and Dusty are always looking for ways to increase sales by serving the oilfield and trucking industry. Their current business is very successful, repairing commercial as well as industrial trucks and engines, including machining engine parts.
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    January 1
    Stacey Fisher, a lifelong Sonora resident, decided to convert one of her passions into a business, Sew Addicted LLC. The name itself says it all; she is addicted to sewing and embroidering anything and everything possible. She has been passionate for crafting since she was a little girl.
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    January 1
    Mr. Ramirez has years of experience driving 18 wheelers in agriculture, but he is now wanting to expand his business to contract for oil companies requiring his services to transport dirt and caliche. 
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    January 1


    Kay Thompson owner of Concho Natives established her business in 2010 as a secondary income and home based business prior to retirement. A passion turned into a business that provides quality native and adaptable plants to the Concho Valley area residences, with experienced advice and guidance in landscaping for the “Do It Yourself” gardener. In addition Concho Natives offers contract growing, research space and wholesale services for contractors and other retail nurseries.

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    January 1
    Leisa and Brandon Clayton are the owners of Blue Collar Health. Leisa visit with adviser Havins right before she graduated from her Master Degree program at Texas Tech University. Leisa had the idea of establishing a business where she could use her license as a Registered Nurse and other degrees in her area (RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC) to provide healthcare services to businesses and their employees on location. 
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    January 1
    Jose Guerrero’s passion since youth has been cars. He learned at a young age how to repair cars and later in life he specialized in radiators. With more than 20 years of experience Jose decided to take the next step and start his own business. Starting a new business was not something unfamiliar for Jose and his wife Claudia. They owned a tortilleria years back obtaining some of the knowledge and responsibilities of being self-employed. 
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    January 1
    Leather. Leather belts, bags, wallets and computer cases are just a few of the custom designed and produced products of Cow Dog Leather located in Eden, Texas. Cheryl Wood, owner and Greg Casey, leather craftsman started their business in June at the Eden Incubator.
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    January 1
    Charlie Bradley watched his hometown of Eldorado begin to grow as the increase in the oil and gas activity in Schleicher County progressed. Knowing the support workers for the petroleum industry usually sought temporary housing, he decided to research requirements for an RV Park.
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    January 1
    Natalia recently moved to San Angelo from Houston. She is taking online courses to finish her business degree in Marketing. In the meantime, she started her own business providing social media marketing techniques to other small businesses.
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    January 1
    Stacy and her husband James have always been motorcycle enthusiasts, and with James being a Certified Motorcycle Specialist who worked as a motorcycle technician, they decided to start their own motorcycle repair shop, the “Black Sheep Certified Motorcycle Specialists LLC.”
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    January 1

    James and Lenora Faulkner were living in Midland where he was working as a truck and equipment mechanic for another company. They became concerned with problems in the kids schools such as drugs and gangs. So they up and moved to San Angelo and began home schooling their kids. 

    James decided that he wanted to open his own diesel repair business and operate under the model that he would go to his customer to provide his service. 

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    January 1
    After 15 years, Edward (Eddie) Martinez’s career had reached a plateau where further advancement with his employer would not be possible.  Unsatisfied with that position, Eddie made the decision to step out on his own and start his own structural cabling business.  He and his wife Jenny carved out a corner of their dining room to be his office and turned their home phone into their business phone.  
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    January 1

    Rosa Camarillo, originally from El Salvador, has worked in the food industry for more than ten years. Since she started her first job she always dreamed on having her own restaurant that will cater to those that love Latin American food. One day, Rosita had the opportunity to make her dream come true when she finally had the resources to start building in Grape Creek (the town where she lives) her first restaurant, Rosita’s Kitchen.

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    January 1
    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.
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    February 3

    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.

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