Success Stories

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

32 Employees

Bahama Bucks Franchise Corporation is owned and operated by father and son, Paul and Blake Buchanan, as well as their long-time friend, Eric Lee.

In the summer of 1990, Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's. He started with one ice shaver and the hope of a college job that didn't involve mowing grass or flipping burgers. Constructing the original store by hand, he enlisted volunteer help from three generations of his family, staffed it with friends and college students, and opened the doors.

The tropical sensation caught on, and with the help of his wife, Kippi, and his friend, Eric Lee, the summer job turned into a full-time vocation.

Working to keep the spirit of the original Bahama Buck's alive, they make sure that each franchise is operated with the same enthusiasm as the first Buck's. The entire Bahama Buck's team strives to ensure that each flavor becomes a favorite and each visit is a great time, every time.

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