SBDC Helps Mata-Cortes Law Firm With Business Decisions

THE STARTING POINT:

Nine years after graduating from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and earning her license to practice in the State of Texas, Sandra Cortes approached the Sul Ross State University-

Rio Grande College SBDC with one goal in mind. After working for a local law firm and gaining a vast amount of experience, the ambitious 33-year-old felt ready to open her own law firm in Eagle Pass, Texas.

THE DEVELOPMENT:

Business Advisor Cynthia Gomez worked with Cortes to provide information on the appropriate legal structure, pre-venture licenses, and local permits associated with establishing an independent law firm. Gomez also guided Cortes in obtaining a commercial loan to support start up costs for her practice. In addition, Gomez assisted Cortes with human resources hiring policies and documents, including QuickBooks and Payroll services. To date, Gomez continues to assist in the areas of human resources, recordkeeping, and report filing.

THE OUTCOME:

• Cortes invested $81,000, secured a $75,000 commercial loan, and created nine jobs.

• The Mata-Cortes Law Firm is one of a few area law firms specializing in litigation and personal injury; the firm sees approximately 20 clients monthly.

• After its first year of operation in August 2017, the Mata-Cortes Law Firm reported an approximate 150 clients.