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San Diego District Office
550 West C Street Suite 550
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
Phone: 619-557-7250 or 619-727-4883
Fax: 619-557-5894
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Small Business Owner Receives Advice, Guidance for Start-up from SBDC, SCORE

In 2003, paintball enthusiasts Judy Wessels and Kenny Docken opened their paintball store Rocken Paintball. The store carries a large supply of paintball markers and accessories for all the popular markers. Additionally, Judy and Kenny strive to provide the very best in customer service and support to anyone interested in the sport and work hard to promote the fair and safe sport of paintball at all times.

Both Judy and Kenny have played for several teams over the years. Judy Wessels, known as “Judge” Judy, is certified on the Intimidator and the Dye/Proto series of markers. Kenny Docken, known as “Rocken” Docken, has also played for many teams, and has worked in the industry for over ten years and is factory-certified on the Autococker, Angel, Intimidator, Spyder, Tippmann, PMI series and the Dye/Proto series of markers.

Prior to starting the business, Judy attended a business start-up workshop at the Small Business Development Center – North County (SBDC-NC). In addition, the SBDC-NC counselors worked with Wessels to formulate a business plan, conduct an industry analysis, and educated her on financial projections and understanding costs. Wessels also plans on taking a SCORE workshop on marketing in the very near future.

What advice does Judy Wessels offer for other new business owners? She recommends that new business owners create a business plan and get as much education on business ownership as possible. Future plans for Rocken Paintball include expansion of the business and possibly opening a paintball field or shooting range.

To find out more about the SBDC – NC visit their website at www.sandiegosmallbiz.com. The SBDC program is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit the SBA’s San Diego District Office website at www.sba.gov/ca/sandiego or call (619) 557-7250 to find out how SBA can assist your business.

 

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Small Business Owner Receives Guidance from SBDITC, Applies for Patent

Graham Solutions and the CargoCatch™ started, literally, from the ground-up, when William Graham found himself punching holes in garden netting in the parking lot of his apartment complex in San Diego. He was attempting to build a cargo restraint device for his pickup truck. The CargoCatch™ is an innovative solution to pickup truck cargo management. It weighs less than 10 pounds and can be installed and removed in seconds. It requires no drilling or tools and will last a lifetime. Three sizes are available to fit any truck and the CargoCatch™ can be mounted in any part of a truck bed.

Soon after building his first prototype, Graham solicited the help of the Small Business Development and International Trade Center (SBDITC) and worked with consultants Richard Clarke, Esq., a patent attorney, on filing, securing and licensing of a patent; Matt Yubas, a product coach, who helped him with a detailed marketing analysis of his idea; and Wayne Lundbergh, an engineer, who helped him with prototyping, engineering of certain parts for the project, mechanical training, finalizing the design for CargoCatch™.

Graham Solutions has since landed a licensing contract with Pilot Automotive, known under the brand name of “Bully” and a Chinese version of his CargoCatch™ is being offered as “Pac Mule Cargo Holder” available in mass retail distribution. He also continues to make and sell via the internet a “Made in the USA” CargoCatch™. Additionally, his company now provides automotive accessory patent licensing consulting services to fellow entrepreneurs who have innovative product ideas for autos. Additional information on the CargoCatch™ and Bill Graham is available on the Internet at www.cargocatch.com.
 

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Small Business Owner Receives Training, Assistance from WBC

In the fall of 2003, during her second year of law school, Moira S. Brennan, Esq. decided to take advantage of her paralegal experience and start her business, Abacus Legal Documents Services. She had worked with a family law firm and had practical experience in that area. At that time she could not provide legal advice, but she could help her clients by completing the confusing legal forms associated with dissolutions. Ms. Brennan recently graduated law school and as a brand new attorney, is expanding her services to include Estate Planning. She is now preparing wills, trusts and advanced directives.

Ms. Brennan recently utilized the proceeds from an SBA guaranteed loan to purchase office equipment and supplies, which will allow her to offer higher quality products and services to her clients. She has also taken advantage of the counseling and training programs offered through the SBA’s resource partners. When she first started her business she sought and received guidance from the Women’s Business Center of California (WBCC) in low to no cost advertising, attended some of their training programs and was able to network with other women in business for useful suggestions and practical support. In addition, SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business reviewed her business plan and provided useful feedback that she greatly appreciated.

Ms. Brennan’s business sprang from a desire to assist people who could not afford expensive legal representation. She brings integrity and heart to her business and enjoys helping those in need. In addition to donating her time and services to some clients who were really in need of legal services and had no funds to pay, she has also donated an estate planning package to her church fundraiser for auction and contributes her time and writing skills to the Lawyers Club of San Diego, as a member of the editorial board for its newsletter.
 

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