Support BiGAUSTIN This Holiday Season

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As 2015 rapidly draws to a close, many of us are looking forward  to the holiday season. It’s a time of meaningful reflection, festive holiday music (Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You will never get old!), and Starbucks holiday drinks. It’s also a time for enjoying good food, being with friends and family, and, if you’re anything like your friends at BiGAUSTIN, frenzied last-minute shopping. Why shop weeks in advance when you can spend Christmas Eve standing in long lines with the other procrastinators?

Whether we’re doing battle with tryptophan-addled shoppers over the last 60-inch televisions or avoiding the madness by shopping online, we do it because family and friends are special, and we want to show them what they mean to us by giving them something that they’ll love. Gift-giving is the hallmark of the holiday season, and we hope that you’ll consider supporting BiGAUSTIN with a gift this year.

BiGAUSTIN has helped over 30,000 Central Texas entrepreneurs in its twenty-year history, and we stand ready to help thousands more as we look ahead to helping aspiring entrepreneurs build their dreams in 2016. We have big things in store for the fifteen counties of Central Texas, and it’s going to be fantastic.

But,  we need your help in making it happen. BiG has established itself as a one-stop shop for would-be entrepreneurs, and  provides robust training programs, business plan development, individualized advising, and capital to our hard-working clients. We would not be able to support these entrepreneurs without the support of our extended BiGAUSTIN family.

Will you consider helping us help underserved entrepreneurs build their dreams? We serve over 4,000 people start or expand their small businesses, many of whom would not be able to realize their dreams without the resources we provide.

BiGAUSTIN is a 501-C(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible. And, if you’d rather donate your time, we would love to have you! If you’d like to do both, well, then you’re a rock star, and you deserve fresh-baked cookies. Or a big hug.

Please click here to donate to BiGAUSTIN. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please give us a call at 512-928-8010.

Again, we sincerely appreciate all of the support we’ve received, and hope that you’ll join us in helping Central Texas entrepreneurs realize their small business dreams.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and prosperous new year.

Sincerely,

 

The BiGAUSTIN staff

 

P.S. Here is a little something for us all to enjoy. Come on, who doesn’t love this song?

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Client of the Month: Thai Fresh

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Thai Fresh has been serving the Austin area with delicious, home cooked meals since 2008 down in the hip and trendy area of South Congress. Jam grew up in Thailand, where she learned to cook and fostered a deep love for food that she wanted to share with others. She moved to Austin and that’s where she met her partner, Bruce. His experience in the restaurant industry mixed with her passion for cooking has made them a power house in the Austin restaurant industry. BiGAUSTIN is proud to have been a partner with Thai Fresh during the normal growing pains of expanding a business.

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If you have any sort of love for food, and you should, you will love their dishes. Not only are they a culinary experience, they transport you to the streets of Thailand with amazingly fresh ingredients. They work with local farms to provide only the best ingredients from grassfed beef to local pasture raised eggs to organic spinach. Not to mention they have a coffee bar serving coffee straight from local producers in Brazil with organic soy milk to add to their daily french pressed coffee. I’m telling you, if you are a coffee snob, you don’t want to miss this.

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For those of you vegans out there, you’re in luck! They have vegan ice cream with rotating flavors like Sweet Potato Pie, Texas Corn, and Mango Lime. They use coconut milk with organic fair trade evaporated cane juice and local seasonal fruits for that added sweetness. They also have a variety of gluten-free and vegan deserts ranging from vegan salty caramel brownies to fruit pies to Thai sweet sticky rice. All of their ingredients are farmed from local, organic farms whose number one concern is the quality of their products. These people take pride in their food, and it shows.

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Want to learn how to make these fresh dishes at home so you can enjoy some Pad Thai without leaving the comfort of your home? Go take a private or group class from Thai Fresh and learn the tricks of the trade. Tip: Register early because classes fill up quickly and can be booked a couple of months out. If you have the extra dough, splurge and get a private lesson for one or two (or more if need be). Private lessons can be done in your home or in the Thai Fresh commercial kitchen.

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Wait! There’s more! Thai Fresh also offers a catering service to those of you who are having a party, wedding, divorce celebration, or whatever it may be! Seriously, who can resist delicious, fresh catered Thai food? Well, maybe some people can, but not me! How can they provide all these services you ask? The answer is by being amazing, hardworking, and maintaining their passion for food.

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The reason I picked Thai Fresh as our Client of the Month is because they have been incredibly successful at building a business that not only reflects their passion, but it makes a positive impact on the local economy. Their success is Austin’s success, and Austin’s success is the United States’ success.

Thai Fresh came to BiGAUSTIN because they needed help getting their business started, keeping it running, and dealing with issues like funding and planning. Because of their ability to effectively plan, budget, and make goals they have steadily grown and became more and more popular. So if you are looking for some good, local grub go check out Thai Fresh and let us know what you think!

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How to Start a Business in 10 Easy Steps: Step One

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Want some concrete, tangible steps that you can take today to get your business off the ground and running? Then keep reading because you are not going to want to miss this. This blog series is not just another random list of things that every other blog talks about for how to start a business. I am going to outline a task list for those of you who have an idea, but you just don’t know how to put that idea into action. These are easy steps that you can take while working a full time job, taking care of your kids, or whatever else you might be doing throughout the day. Remember, no one else will start your business for you, so get off the couch and do something for your future.

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Step One:

Identify your idea, think about what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. Write it down, make a list of products and services you will offer. Don’t forget to make a list of things you won’t do, for example, if you want to be a graphic designer will you do print and web or only one? Will you do logos or design websites? Once you know exactly what you will and won’t do, you can more easily do your research to find out information about the industry. Also, when a customer comes to you wanting you to redesign their logo you can easily say if that is a service you offer and exactly what you charge for it. This doesn’t have to be an exhaustive list of every product or service you will ever offer, this is just a starting point for you to really think about what your business will look like and any tools you may need to get started.