Success Stories

 Local Entrepreneurs Enjoy Sweet Success

The Baker’s Dozen Kolaches and Donuts is owned and operated by Laura Auhing.  With the help of her husband Rick, Laura opened the neighborhood donut shop at 23933 Nichols Sawmill Rd. Hockley, TX 77447, in February, 2008.     

The stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur stumbled on the donut industry by accident.  In 2001, while looking for a temporary part time job to make a little vacation spending money, Laura noticed an advertisement of a donut shop opening in her neighborhood.  She stopped by and applied and when asked what type of experience she had in the food industry, Laura admitted to no food or retail experience.  She didn’t know how to bake, cook, or work the register, but was eager and willing to learn.  Laura was hired and worked for six weeks, the only amount of time she was able to commit.  She learned a lot about the business in the short time she worked there and was asked to come back to work when she returned from vacation.  Laura initially agreed to return... Read More

Competitive Choice, Inc.

Aundrea Williams Young is the owner and founder of Competitive Choice, Inc.  Started in 2003 as a one-woman company, Competitive Choice started as a specialty industrial chemical and safety solutions company.  Today they are a diversified minority woman-owned company with divisions in general construction and specialty chemicals.  Young’s energy, organizational skills and forward thinking approach to all projects makes Competitive Choice the perfect outlet for her training, talent and business acumen.  Young has a communications degree from Texas Southern University with a minor in construction management.

Young worked for many years in the same industry as a local sales rep for a large corporation.  When the company filed bankruptcy, she decided to start her own business.  Young’s existing customers followed and supported her which eased the transition of becoming a business owner.  Competitive Choice sells industrial maintenance chemicals such as degreasers, solvents, HVAC... Read More

Local Export Company Receives SBA Assistance

Vernon Darko is the president of EQUIPXP, LC, one of the fastest growing heavy equipment export companies in the U.S.  Darko started the company in Houston in 2006 as a two-person operation and it has grown into a multinational, multi-million dollar corporation with ten employees and satellite offices located all over the world.

They have experienced phenomenal growth, with increased revenues excelling over 300% within the first three years of business.  EQUIPXP sells construction, commercial transportation including watercrafts, and heavy lifting industrial equipment to the oil & gas and construction industries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.  To support his growth, Darko obtained working capital financing through Ex-Im Bank and the SBA. 

 Darko was recently re-appointed after serving three consecutive years on the EX-IM Bank Sub-Saharan African Advisory Committee, established by Congress to provide expert guidance in developing polices to strengthen... Read More

Q Environmental Success Story

Q Environmental, Inc., which started it operations in 2003, has developed a special niche...Read More

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