Success Stories

Picture of Stephanie Wilkes, owner of Baby Glance

(4 employees) When Stephanie Wilkes’ husband relocated to Midland, TX, she quickly realized there were limited places in the Permian Basin where pregnant women and families could view their baby via elective prenatal ultrasound.

Stephanie, who was seven months pregnant at the time, sought to open her own business to offer gender determination ultrasounds and 3-D/4-D ultrasounds for the families in Midland.

After doing research and preparation, Stephanie created a detailed business plan and visited the University of Texas Permian Basin Small Business (UTPB) Development Center (SBDC) in September of 2013.  The counsellors at the UTPB SBDC provided valuable assistance with financial projections.  They also helped guide her through the bank loan process and how to prepare for bank financing. The counselling services provided to Ms. Wilkes were instrumental in her being able to get a loan to open her new ultrasounds business called Baby Glance.

In January 2014,... Read More

Picture of Mark Wingate, President of Maxi-Volt

(15 Employees) Maxi-Volt Corporation (MVC) is a manufacturer of power quality products which prevent harmful spikes and surges from damaging electrical equipment within an electrical system.  They provide their expertise to residential, commercial, industrial, and local, state, and federal governmental installations.

Mark Wingate is the president of Maxi-Volt Corporation and is a third generation entrepreneur.  Mr. Wingate has utilized the training services of SBA’s website as well as the counselling services of the West Texas A&M Small Business Development Center with great results. 

Mr. Wingate invented and designed dozens of electronic devices used all over the world, and has patents used for medium voltage applications in the industrial industry, as well as government installations.  MVC’s mission is to continue to develop and provide safe and effective products.  They also add value through specialized services that will improve the quality and address the... Read More

Picture of Calvin Davis presenting award to Rosie and Gilbert Ramirez

(17 Employees) Epic Collision is an automotive collision repair business in Odessa, Texas.  During its first year in business, Epic served over 300 customers, and in the last two years, it has tripled its customer base to over 1,000 customers.  Rosie & Gilbert Ramirez have increased their staff from five to seventeen employees, and are in the process of expanding their leased building to a 20,000 square foot building of their own. 

Gilbert and Rosie both graduated from high school in Odessa. They have been working towards opening their own business for years. Rosie studied business administration at UTPB and has worked as an office manager for almost 20 years. Gilbert has been working in the auto industry for 17 years. In high school, he was part of a vocational mentor program. He started out as a lot attendant and was promoted to service assistant advisor and then to body shop manager. While employed as a collision center manager in 2010 and 2011, Gilbert played a... Read More

Picture of Calvin Davis presenting award to Joy and Jason Beard

(2 Employees) Cordell’s is a specialty gourmet shop that carries various types and flavors of oils, spices and specialty foods from different areas of the world.  They also offer cooking classes and catering services for special events. It is the only shop in the Abilene area that carries such a large variety of oils and vinegars.  They also offer cooking classes, catering services for special events, and specialty gift assortments. Cordell’s is now considered the “go to” place to learn about different foods, seasonings, and usages and has become known as the best in the area.   

Jason and Joy Beard of Cordell’s were named the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year for the Abilene Area.  The Cordells attribute their success to being open, honest and upfront with their customers and believe that this has been the key to growing their customer base.  They also attribute their success to the encouraging and sound business advice from Judy Wilhelm, Director of the Texas Tech... Read More