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Every November the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), highlighting the different facets of the veteran business community.   One member of our west texas #vetbiz community, James Sanders, was able to start his own successful business with the help of SBA resources.

James Sanders is a combination of hard work, intelligence, insight and inspiration who channeled all of those qualities into a phenomenal tool that he patented, manufactures and sells all over the world.  If you give him a challenge, he overcomes in a minute or two and then looks for the next opportunity.

Mr. Sanders is through confined to a wheelchair, he keeps creating tools and items to make himself independent and to free up himself and his care givers to “live their lives like they are supposed to! “ He, and his brother and his wife have formed a company to patent his inventions (2 completed and more underway) and then build them and sell them... Read More

Picture of DBS Kids building

On the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, Diana McPherson celebrated his life by turning a plan they had for their business into a reality.

Diana and her husband Josh took over ownership of Doodle Bug Square day care from Josh’s parents 13 years ago. On March 3, 2015, Diana, her family and employees, celebrated a ground breaking for the new Doodle Bug Square facility to be built just east of West Wind Elementary on 43rd Street. They utilized the SBA 504 Loan Program for financing to purchase land and build a new child care facility.

The McPhersons had planned to expand their services to a larger facility, but those plans were cut short when Josh died March 3, 2014.

Diana and her four children; Cameron, 16, Brooke, 14, Gavin, 9, and Halle, 6, dedicated the land and new facility in honor of Josh.

Doodle Bug Square has shown consistent sales growth each year. Due to the increasing number of children enrolled, DBS has steadily increased the number... Read More

Bogie’s Downtown Deli is a downtown Abilene luncheon restaurant that serves salads, burgers and sandwiches. They are open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are one of the few places to grab lunch downtown. As the name implies when you enter the restaurant you are taken back in time to the old movie days of Humphrey Bogart, commonly known as Bogie.

Phillip and Heather Ratliff are both west Texas natives who met in Dallas, TX, married and continued their careers in the DFW metroplex for a few years. Phillip worked long hours in the education system, first as a teacher and coach and then as a principal, and Heather was a CPA. When they decided to start a family, they knew being away from their family in west Texas and the long hours required by Phillip’s job would not be ideal. They looked at moving to Heather’s hometown of Abilene and discovered Bogie’s Downtown Deli was for sale. With Phillip’s experience working in his family’s restaurant, they decided... Read More

In 1995 Denise Coulter came to Abilene SBDC to seek counseling for buying a Subway Sandwich Franchise. After receiving a business plan at the SBDC, they obtained an SBA loan through Texas Heritage Bank in Cross Plains and bought the land, building and all the equipment. This first Subway Sandwich Shop was located in Cross Plains. The money from the store was used to make repairs to the building and sustain the business.

In 2001 they opened a store in Cisco with another SBA loan. This was when they finally began making profits. In 2003 they opened yet another store location with help of an SBA loan. At this time Tim was able to leave the oilfield and work as manager for the stores. In 2005 they opened a store in the Abilene Walmart Supercenter. The following year they purchased 4 more stores locations in Abilene with the help of an SBA loan. Over the years they opened, sold, and relocated different stores throughout the region. After 21 years of operation, they now have 8... Read More