Josie and Rene Benavidez
The Mariachi Connection
Taking the class made us realize that we had to stop and look at our business to find the answers to our questions. The EGP Program (former name of the BBE program) was a very unique way of discovering what was important for our business, The Mariachi Connection. This class should be mandatory for every business owner…
Glenda Anzualda and Paul Mann
RRGP Services, Inc.
I would sell this program to anyone. The alliances, partnerships, friendships that I have come away with…I can’t tell you what they mean to me.
First and foremost, I want to say how thankful and grateful I am to have met such wonderful people. They have really stuck by us and have taught us so much. My advisor, Wayne, was wonderful. Most of all, I have met some wonderful people that I’ve bonded with and we’re going to be friends for a long time. It’s a wonderful program and I recommend it to a lot of people that I know.
Jeanne Riojas Martin
Though we had desire and passion to grow, we had reached a level of not knowing how to grow. We were floundering. What BBE did for us is it took us apart and we restructuerd again and we were renewed and reformulated. It allowed us to take a new commitment to regrowth and gave a roadmap and a journey to follow.
Sunshine Distributors, Inc.
I highly recommend this program to any emerging company. It will give you the access to knowledge, build confidence by interacting with classmates and gaining valuable insights and feedback, and facilitate building new friendships and networking experiences.
Love to Swim and Tumble School
The BBE program gave me great information and relationships that helped me make my business and the decisions regarding it better. Participating in the program validated what I was already doing as a leader and a business owner. The coursework and strategic planning tools filled in my educational gaps and directed future efforts toward growth. I highly recommend the BBE program to any mid-level small business poised for growth.
TimeKeepers Security, Inc.
“After thirty years in law enforcement and working for government entities, this course put me in the “fast lane” to understanding how small businesses operate” – Robert Prentiss, Timekeepers Security, Inc.
Timekeepers, Inc. expanded its security business to serve the needs of rural areas in Southwest Texas which fall within the Eagle Ford Shale area, a vast oil and gas region. Timekeepers is licensed with the Texas Department of Public Safety and their primary focus is security for oil and gas fields (gate guards), construction sites, ranches, controlled access areas and government facilities. Owners, Shawn and Donna Fluitt, had met Richard Sifuentes of the San Antonio SBDC during their participation in the SBDC’s Building Business Excellence Program in October of 2009. At the end of the business leadership program, Shawn and Donna continued to receive guidance and assistance from Richard to help their business grow. The company offers gate guards, on-site guards, monitoring equipment, motion detection, live, video-monitored and “virtual” on-site security packages for contractors in rural areas including the booming Eagle Ford Shale region. The company personally trains all guards and ensures that they are FBI background checked and drug tested. With the assistance received from Richard, Timekeepers successfully obtained financing to support their business expansion. The company has experienced tremendous growth within the last four years – a 150 percent increase in sales and staff growth from three employees to 120 employees. The Fluitts’ belief in the program led them to have Robert Prentiss, general manager of the company, attend to continue to share and incorporate the values based leadership model in their company.
“A passion for what I do and surrounding myself with people who are great at what they do has been crucial to my business. The SBDC and the BBE program helped me bring my passion for improving healthcare for children and my need to understand good business practices together to create a successful company. I would not have accomplished what I have had it not been from the support and guidance of Tom Hansis, my Senior Business Advisor at the SBDC. I can truly say to those who work with me at Wave Healthcare, the best is yet to be!” – Rodney Gray, Owner, Wave Healthcare