JEANNE RIOJAS-MARTIN

Owner, Career Quest

“Though we had a 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 were restructured again. We were renewed and reformulated. It allowed us to take a new commitment to regrowth and it gave us a roadmap and a journey to follow.”

BBE teaches you business skills as well as helping you concentrate on your growth goals and your vision for your company.

EDMOND PRUSKI

Owner, Pruski’s Market

“We are so busy working on our company that we often don’t take the time to run our company. There is a definite difference. I’ve learned to take a step back and be more into running it than working it. I would recommend this program to anyone.”

The BBE program shows you how to look at your business through different eyes or “lenses”. It affords you the opportunity to plan and work on your business and not just in your business.

AW DANG ASIAN CUISINE

Hua “Dang” Clarke has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years and decided it was time to open her own business. In May 2006, she opened Aw Dang Asian Cuisine Restaurant in Schertz, Texas. The restaurant features Hunan-style Chinese food.

Dang and her husband, Gary, met with SBDC’s Senior Certified Business Advisor David Baenziger in July 2005. With David as their guide, the Clarkes were able to develop a business plan, as well as their operational and project budgets. They also worked on developing financial projections for the lender, and David counseled them on the loan and business start-up processes. They received a loan from Wells Fargo Bank. Dang said, “This restaurant would not have happened without the assistance that we received from David. We had the restaurant experience but he provided the missing ingredients that were the financial expertise and the loan knowledge.”

MACKENZIE RESTORATION

MacKenzie Restoration, Inc. is a full-service restoration firm that has helped clients restore their properties after disasters since 1983. The company provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Their emergency services include water damage mitigation, fire and smoke damage, mold and biohazard remediation, board-up and tarp services, complete reconstruction, national catastrophe response and mitigation services and more. MacKenzie provides quick and efficient service for residential, commercial and industrial properties.

John MacKenzie is the president of the professional contracting firm. The original company name was MacKenzie Roofing and Remodeling, but recognizing their potential for long-term growth in the restoration market, they changed to their name to MacKenzie Restoration, Inc. The company’s General Manager, Joshua Bachman, participated in the Building Business Excellence Program offered through the SA SBDC. While in the program, Mr. Bachman worked with Richard Sifuentes, Senior Certified Business Advisor, to prepare a strategic growth plan for the company. Mr. Bachman and Mr. MacKenzie worked with Richard on focusing the growth potential of the restoration market. The company has achieved some noteworthy milestones which include being selected as a member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a prestigious contractor network. They also expanded their service offerings to include water mitigation. They are a perennial force in San Antonio and have the resources and expertise to handle any project, large or small.

QUOTE #1

“Even though I have been using QuickBooks for a few years, I learned a lot of shortcuts. Thanks!” – Quickbooks

QUOTE #2

“Great class could have used 3 more hours!” – The Business Plan

QUOTE #3

“This has been very helpful and insightful. I would like to attend future workshops of this nature.” – Business Start-Up Essentials

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“Great speaker! Kept the facts interesting and the learning style enjoyable.” – Social Media Marketing

QUOTE #9

“Very informative and inspiring.” – Keeping the Books

QUOTE #10

“One of the best email marketing classes I have attended, very personable” – The Power of Email Marketing

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