How To Start A Business in 10 Easy Steps: Step 1

So, you’ve got an idea for a business. Congrats! You have something to offer the world, and can’t wait to share it. But, hold on future business owner. There’s something you need, that your business needs, that you may have not already considered.

Whether you’re moving forward with an idea that you’ve been mulling over for years or are ready to expand on a concept you’ve seen recently, it is imperative that you have the roadmap for your future business sufficiently plotted out before you set up shop.

Step One: Develop a Business Plan

We cannot stress this enough: Having a business plan is critical to the success of a small business, particularly if you plan to scale, and yet thousands of new entrepreneurs fail to adequately plan for their ventures. We’ve had countless clients come into our offices seeking advising or loans for their businesses, only to find out that there’s a huge flaw in their plans: they don’t have one.

It’s easy to think that once you’ve secured a prime location, eager clients, and ample funding secured, the hard part of getting your business started is over, but that’s a false flag. You wouldn’t go on a road trip without a map or navigation system, so why you would start a business without developing a plan for it first? Do you know why eighty percent of new businesses fail within their first eighteen months of operation? While some of it is due to pure bad luck, most of it is due to a failure to plan. If you’ve ever watched “The Biggest Loser”, then you’re familiar with this frequently-repeated (okay, frequently-screamed) phrase: Failure to plan is planning to fail.

One of the main reasons entrepreneurs don’t develop business plans is because they simply don’t realize its importance to their success. It’s common for someone running a cash business to think that since what they’ve always done has worked in an informal setting, it’ll work once they go legit and establish themselves with a brick-and-mortar operation. It seems sound on the surface, but it’s actually a recipe for disaster. Instead of focusing on breaking even or making a little money to live off of, they should be prepared to answer the bigger questions that investors or lenders will ask. Do you know who your customers are? How do you plan to grow? Who are your competitors, and how is your business different? How will your business be managed? These are issues that are typically addressed in a business plan, and if an entrepreneur can’t address them, then the prospects for the business are grim.

Some people are aware of the concept of having a business plan, but avoid because writing one seems intimidating, time-consuming, and largely unnecessary since they aren’t out to get rich. This is a natural mindset, but a detrimental one to have. If you say ‘executive summary” or “market analysis”, to them their eyes glaze over. Such an individual might say, “Mark Zuckerberg may need a business plan, but I don’t”, and they couldn’t be more wrong. Even the small-time entrepreneur stands to gain the world by having a plan for his/her new business. And

who knows? Their idea might make them into the next Zuckerberg, but they’ll never know it because they didn’t have a business plan.

Now that you know the importance of having a business plan, you’re probably wondering how you, an aspiring entrepreneur, can write one. We’re glad you asked! The SBA has a wonderful guide on how to develop your plan, which can be found here:

Of course, your friends at BiGAUSTIN have a robust business plan template that is easy to navigate available for free. Our counselors will even walk you through the process and are available to answer any questions you may have. Stop by the office, schedule an appointment, or just give us a call at 512-928-8010 to learn more.

Have Hard Hat, Will Build: Tips For Winning Construction Bids

construction-worker black femaleAustin’s construction industry is having a bit of a moment, and anyone who has spent more than five minutes driving in this city knows it. You can’t swing your arms without hitting a construction site or newly-opened business, and generally speaking, that is a very good thing for the local economy.  Hundreds of people migrate to Austin daily, and as a result, the city is under perpetual construction with new projects and openings of new businesses. New business bring jobs, and not just the owners will create with their businesses, but also for construction professionals. As the city continues its exponential growth, there is an ever-growing demand for construction firms to build schools, roads, high-rise apartments, and shopping centers to accommodate. It would seem that getting a project or two is anyone’s game, but the most projects are often awarded to large construction firms. Small, independent contracting firms, especially those owned by minorities and women, are left scrambling to pick up what’s left. 
How can small firms effectively compete when they lack the resources that their larger counterparts seem to have in spades?

It turns out that while having innumerable resources can certainly tip the scales in a large firm’s favor, actually winning bids comes down to having effective bidding and estimating strategies. This is where bids are most often won (or lost), and while many independent contractors submit their bids along with everyone else, they often make mistakes that end up costing them the project.

Here are a few tips for improving your bids:

Know your worth. This goes without saying, but many small firms don’t properly assess what their services and skill sets are worth prior to submitting bids, and dramatically undervalue what they have to offer to a developer. It’s not uncommon to find an independent contractor or small firm submitting bids and hoping to at least break even on a project because they don’t know what their time and effort are actually worth. When the sawdust clears, they bid on additional projects using the same flawed strategy and base their rate on previous projects.

Don’t miss out on quality projects or more money because you don’t know how to quantify your firm’s ability to get the job done well. Identify the metrics you think you need, and if you’re unsure of what these should be, reach out to other contractors for ideas. Set aside a half-day or so to conduct staff appraisals and conduct performance evaluations, staff interviews, and skills assessments. Compare the results to your firm’s needs, and use them to accurately determine what you bring to the table for future projects.

Don’t bid too low. Many firms believe that in order to be competitive for a coveted project, they have to submit the lowest bid in the bunch. This is a colossal mistake that seldom works in the contractor’s favor. If the bid is successful, the contractor is more than likely missing out on thousands of dollars they otherwise would have had in hand if they’d evaluated the project and their time properly.

Bidding too low often signals to a developer that your firm isn’t  particularly savvy about its bidding strategy. Many, many contractors employ this strategy as a means to an end, because they simply don’t know a better way, but it can cost them scores of projects that they are more than capable of completing. In a developer’s mind, receiving undervalued bids indicate two things: 1) the contractor doesn’t have the competence the developer needs, or 2) the contractor is careless and unprofessional in how they approach the process. Presenting a clear, coherent bid that adequately assesses the cost of the project, rather than low-balling it will increase your chances of winning.

Estimate, don’t “guesstimate”. It’s 2015, which means that if you’re still using an old school spreadsheet, a notebook, or just guessing at the total cost of a project, you’re far behind your competition. Programs such as Quick Bid, Clear Estimate, or Plan Swift can help you produce a coherent, effective bid that will greatly increase your chances of winning the project.

These are just a few suggestions to help contractors improve their strategies. BiGAUSTIN offers an array of workshops for independent contractors looking to improve their firms as part of its Contractor Readiness Program. We also offer a plan room with directory of current projects available for bidding. Please give us at a call at 512-928-8010 if you have any questions about the program.

We’re Looking For Interns!

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BiGAUSTIN is seeking current college students, current graduate students, or recent college graduates in the Austin area to fill three internship positions for the fall semester. The interns will provide a wide range of marketing, outreach, business development, research, and general support to the BiGAUSTIN team. In return, BiGAUSTIN will provide an opportunity for the interns to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, small business development, micro-finance, program development, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. Interns will also have opportunities to attend and network at BiGAUSTIN events. These positions will report to the Business Development Coordinator and the Chief Brand & Culture Officer.



Communications & Development Intern (Sophomore standing or higher)

The ideal Communications & Development candidate will be particularly adept at writing and editing, marketing, and utilizing the Internet and social media for strategic messaging. He/she should also be familiar with basic HTML, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) and Adobe Photoshop.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist staff in entering data into BiGAUSTIN’s databases
  • Conduct research on and correspond with potential donors, markets, and industries
  • Identify funding opportunities (e.g. grants, sponsorships, etc.)
  • Manage social media accounts and the BiGAUSTIN blog
  • Develop promotional materials for classes, events and programs
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals
  • Assist staff in planning donor events and other activities
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials
  • Attend department and staff meetings
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Women’s Initiatives Intern (Graduate student or recent graduate)

The ideal Women’s Initiatives candidate will possess a robust understanding of microfinance, women’s issues and the  obstacles they face when starting small businesses, and have a passion for helping women entrepreneurs overcome these obstacles through outreach, advocacy, and educational programming.

Business Development Intern (Business, finance, and accounting majors preferred)

The ideal Business Development candidate will possess a robust understanding of the mechanics of small business and entrepreneurial culture. He/she should also possess a profound passion for helping underserved entrepreneurs develop their ideas and launch successful, thriving businesses in Central Texas. The candidate should also be skilled at performing market research and cultivating and managing long-term partnerships within the private and public sectors.

  • Assist education team with course design, development, monitoring, and administration
  • Assist consulting staff with advising new and established entrepreneurs on growing their businesses
  • Assist staff with evaluation and implementation of organizational strategic plan
  • Identify and evaluate specific growth opportunities for BiGAUSTIN
  • Assist with other projects as needed



How to Apply

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and one-page writing sample by email to elizabeth (@) bigaustin.org (please select one position and put “Communications & Development Intern”, “Women’s Initiatives Intern”, or “Business Development Intern” in the subject line), or fax the information to 512-926-2997 by August 10, 2015. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. No phone calls, please.

Please visit our website at www.bigaustin.org to learn more.

Business Investment Growth (BiGAUSTIN) is an equal opportunity employer.

BiGAUSTIN Partners with Pflugerville CDC to Create “BiGPflugerville”

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PFLUGERVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. PARTNERS WITH BiGAUSTIN TO PROVIDE LOCAL BUSINESSES FUNDING, RESOURCES, SUPPORT

 

BiGPFLUGERVILLE program launches with an entrepreneurship skills day camp

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PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (May 20, 2015)—The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced

a new partnership with nonprofit organization BiGAUSTIN. BiG, which stands for Business Investment Growth, provides entrepreneurial education, customized business counseling and flexible loans to Central Texas businesses. Under the partnership, a program called BiGPFLUGERVILLE was formed to provide additional resources and support to Pflugerville entrepreneurs and businesses.

As part of the program, BiGPFLUGERVILLE has already planned a free youth camp called BIGSTEP Pflugerville Youth Entrepreneur Camp July 20-24 at Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville.

PCDC Assistant Executive Director Amy Madison said BiGPFLUGERVILLE is part of the economic development corporation’s business retention and expansion program.

“The PCDC’s capability to support local entrepreneurs and businesses grows exponentially with BiGPFLUGERVILLE because they are able to provide so many of the services we cannot—whether it be due to resources, or laws and restrictions that come from our designation as a 4B corporation,” Madison said.

The PCDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BiG this month.

The partnership between the PCDC and BiG is designed to stimulate job creation in businesses bringing new money into the city through consulting, education and lending.

BIGPFLUGERVILLE will focus on new jobs training with a goal of diversifying the city’s economy. The program supports the cost of training new employees at business startup companies, as well as the expansion of existing firms by using a unique financing mechanism.

“BiGAUSTIN has witnessed the exceptional growth in our neighboring community of Pflugerville, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in Texas,” said BiGAUSTIN Executive Director Stacy Dukes-Rhone. “It was the right time for us to build a strategic partnership with PCDC, whose vision and goals are the same as BiG—to provide the resources and support that businesses in our community need to grow and flourish.”

BiG plans to eventually add a satellite office in Pflugerville to support the BiGPFLUGERVILLE program. A timeline and location for the location is to be determined.

Summer camp for teens

BiGAUSTIN hosted an entrepreneurship skills camp for teens last summer in Austin, and a large percentage of the students who attended were from Pflugerville ISD.

“With such significant interest from Pflugerville students, we wanted to respond and bring the training to their community,” Dukes-Rhone said. “We are eager to meet them where the live and hope to work to provide more fuel to the spark of interest and ideas these students have. The venue and the training will be exceptional and an experience to remember.”

BIGSTEP Pflugerville Youth Entrepreneur Camp is a five-day camp for high school students (ages 14 to 18.) Campers will learn basic business skills while also enjoying fun and engaging experiences. The camp will culminate with a business plan competition.

To register for the BiG Startup for Teens in Entrepreneurship summer camp, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bigstep-pflugerville-big-startup-for-teens-in-entrepreneurship-tickets-16844675879 or call Stephanie Douglass at BiG at 512-928-8010.

About BiGAUSTIN

BiGAUSTIN is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that assists small businesses to successfully grow by providing comprehensive education for entrepreneurs, customized business consulting services, and flexible micro-loans to underserved small businesses in Central Texas.

BiGAUSTIN was the first micro-lending organization in Austin. BiG opened its doors serving fewer than five clients. Since then, BiG has helped thousands of businesses turn their dreams into   reality. Thanks to our strong financial supporters, BiG continues to pursue its vision to be the best source for entrepreneurs to start, grow and fund their business operations. As of 2014 BiG has provided more than 8 million in loans, consulted with  20,000-plus individuals, and produced more than 8,ooo jobs. For more information, visit www.bigaustin.org.

About the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation promotes Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate. The organization also supports existing businesses by helping to address their needs. PCDC can provide funding for use as an incentive to businesses to begin doing business in Pflugerville. PCDC funds, which are 4B money generated from a half-cent of the city’s sales tax revenue, can also be used to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities and drainage projects. Located 16 miles northeast of Austin and just south of Round Rock, Pflugerville is well-situated in Central Texas. New state highways 45 and 130 and Interstate Highway 35 all offer direct access to other nearby cities and the region’s main airport. For more information, visit www.pfdevelopment.com.

Happy Employees=Productive Employees

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In lieu of it being Thanksgiving week I decided it was important to touch on the importance of family, especially when it comes to the workplace.  The majority of people in the U.S spend over 40 hours per week at work, this is at the expense of their family, friends, and other loved ones.  Even if you love what you do it can be difficult to spend this much time away from the people that mean the most to you.  Something that is consistently taken for granted in America is the amount of time and effort that people put into their jobs; not only do you show up everyday, but you give it your all.  As an employee you want your employer to respect and understand how important it is to have time away from the job to spend with family and friends, especially around the holidays.

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As an entrepreneur/small business owner you may or may not have employees.  Just for fun, pretend you have at least a few employees even if you don’t.  It’s incredibly important for a business owner to be aware and respectful of the fact that your employees do have a life outside of the regular 9-5 (or whatever crazy hours you might work).  It seems almost everyone has had that job where your employer only cares about what you can do for them and how much work you can get done for them.  Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the year and give thanks for everything that you have like friends, family, and yes, even our jobs.  It is also a time when employers need to thank their employees and show their gratitude for everything that they do, because let’s face it, without employees most businesses wouldn’t survive.

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Maybe you own Best Buy and as much as you want to you just can’t give your employees Black Friday off.  That’s okay!  There are tons of other ways to show appreciation to your employees.  I worked at American Girl for a couple of holiday seasons (for those of you who don’t know, American Girl is an expensive doll store for girls) and never once had Black Friday off.  But, I still felt that my work was appreciated and that they were sincerely grateful for the hard work that I put in day in and day out.  Every employee, whether simply seasonal or full time, got an amazing gift basket filled with doll goodies.  We aren’t talking one or two items, we are talking a huge box filled with furniture, games, clothes, books, and more.  Not only did they give this to every single employee, but all day Black Friday they would have a Thanksgiving meal for everyone who was working that day so you didn’t have to worry about bringing or buying food.

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Even though most people did not want to be working on Black Friday, the majority of us felt really lucky because of the appreciation from staff and management, all the way from the CEO down.  They also were really good about scheduling people for only 6 hour shifts so you weren’t spending your entire day being drained by crazy customers the day after inundating yourself with turkey.  So, why am I rambling about a doll store and my last experience working retail?  The reason this is important is because a.) I wanted to work harder for this company that appreciated me and b.) I was more likely to show up, do my best, and not run off all the customers.

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Amidst all the warm feelings of Thanksgiving and the holidays many people still get caught up in the consumerism of corporate America and fail to remember that everyone needs time off to have fun, relax, and live life.  As an employer instead of thinking, “That’s a whole week of profits and sales lost due to closing the store/office!”, you should be thinking, “By giving my employees this week off, I am strengthening our relationship and giving them a reason to come back to work and do the very best they can.”  Research has even shown that employees who have more freedom and flexibility are more productive and loyal, why do you think Richard Branson just gave all his U.S Virgin employees unlimited vacation?

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I guess my point here is, it can be easy to forget that your business isn’t the center of your employees world and you shouldn’t expect it to be either.  Remember that your employees are human and by treating them as such can get you a long way in maintaining happy, productive employees.

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Client Of The Month: Gaye Jones, CEO of TeenWatch Alert

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Gaye Jones is not only passionate about teen driver safety, but she is a mother who cares deeply about her children.  She wanted some sort of support system to help monitor her teen’s driving as soon as they left the driveway, someone who could potentially help prevent an accident. Not only did she want this for her own children, but she wants this for everyone’s children. According to her website, motor vehicle accidents are currently the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. This is an incredibly powerful statistic. What if there was a way to help decrease the number of teen accidents? Gaye’s solution may not solve the entire problem, but has the potential to make an impact in your teenagers driving habits.

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Her idea is simple and has been practiced across the United States for some time now. I’m sure you would recognize the phone numbers on the back of commercial vehicles asking, “How’s my driving?” You can call this number and report any issues (or good habits) that you notice. The same concept can be used for TeenWatch Alert. Simply sign up on their website, TeenWatch Alert, and receive a decal to put on the back of your teenager’s car. If there are any issues, someone can call that 1-800 number to report your teenager. TeenWatch Alert will then inform you via phone, text, or email about any problems with your teens driving. This means if your teenager is driving recklessly, someone can call the number and report them, you will then be notified and can talk to them about the issue and hopefully resolve any bad habits before they turn into a real accident.

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Gaye Jones has spent a significant of time researching teen driver safety and knows that something needs to be done to protect the youth of America. If we can help provide some accountability for our teenagers, then maybe we can help to develop better habits while on road, thus reducing accidents. As a mother, Gaye understands the importance of your teenagers safety and decided to do something. This is why BiGAUSTIN is proud to announce Gaye Jones our Client of the Month.

Client of the Month: Deborah Main Designs

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Deborah Main Designs has been working with BiGAUSTIN for a couple of years now and came to us needing capital to take her business to the next level.  Deborah needed money to take her product to the 2013 International Home & Gift Show in Atlanta, within a matter of days she was able to obtain her loan from the BiGAUSTIN family for custom shelving to display her pillows in the juried High Design section.  Not only did BiGAUSTIN provide her with a loan, but we were able to provide her with training and one-on-one business consulting to make sure that she was headed on the right track for success.

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You are probably wondering how successful Deborah Main has been after receiving her loan.  Deborah was just selected as a nominee for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made awards, which takes her to the national level of success.  But, being nominated for a national award isn’t the only way to measure success.  Deborah says that she has always, “been inspired by fashion for the home.”  Part of her success comes from being an excellent sales woman and having an eye for one of a kind designs.  The pillows that Deborah makes are special, they are made out of anything from a 1950’s cocktail dress to vintage curtains embellished with a vintage brooch.

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Success can be defined in many ways, ranging from financial success to emotional success and anything in between.  The BiGAUSTIN family defines success as being financially independent while achieving emotional happiness.  Given this very simple definition, we can easily say that Deborah has been incredibly successful.  She was able to take her passion for fashion and turn her dream into a reality, this doesn’t mean there weren’t jumps and hurdles that she faced along the way.  It simply means that she took those challenges and rose up to the occasion.  Being successful doesn’t mean that you were never faced with adversity, but how you acted when you are faced with it.

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The BiGAUSTIN family is extremely proud to have Deborah Main as a client and we are thankful to have such a great relationship with an amazing woman.  If you ever get the opportunity to meet this fabulous woman, you will immediately feel like an old friend.  Deborah Main is truly a leader in the community and is a role model to many other women out there who are trying to start their own business and achieve financial stability.

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“I design each pillow as if it were the only pillow in the world. Whether it’s using a cocktail dress my mother would have worn in the 1950’s, or a dazzling vintage Schiaparelli brooch, I create each pillow with passion and love. As if it were sitting on a couch in a gorgeous mansion beside Grace Kelly or Ava Gardner smoothing out her satin gown, the romance of bygone eras truly fascinates me. Perhaps I’d like the pillow to charm a Fifth Avenue hostess or a San Francisco socialite at the height of her social glory, back in the day. When I discover a classic Chanel brooch or simply touch an antique piece of French silk passementerie, it sends me into an exciting creative orbit around the past and the future. Handcrafting luxury pillows is my passion! I love this art form, and sharing the beauty of it with the world gives me great joy.”
–Deborah Main, Austin, Texas 2013deborah

How We Can Combat Domestic Violence And Human Trafficking

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Domestic violence is something that should be taken seriously and here at BiGAUSTIN we are happy to see the actions that the NFL has taken regarding Ray Rice and the video that was recently leaked by TMZ.  According to the Common Wealth Fund, “1 in 3 American women have been physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.” This is an unacceptable rate of abuse in America that has continued and has been swept under the rug by many common myths revolving around domestic violence.

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In past years the NFL has tried their best to stay out of these situations and hasn’t given severe punishments for those who have been accused and/or convicted of domestic violence.  Here at BiGAUSTIN, we are proud to see that the NFL has taken a zero tolerance policy and really shown America (and the world) that they will not tolerate those who are being abusive and hurting other human beings.  As a nation we cannot sit back and do nothing about this.  As a nation we need the large organizations and companies to stand behind the people and support those who have been silenced.

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As an organization BiGAUSTIN stands behind the victims of domestic violence and is proud to say that we have always been involved with providing resources to these victims.

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One of our current initiatives is our campaign called WOW1000 (Women of Wealth 1000) which is basically a fund set up specifically for women who are victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.  You might be thinking, what does human trafficking and domestic violence have in common?  According to the American Bar Association, “Human-trafficking experts often talk about push and pull forces: conditions that propel or lure vulnerable people into situations of prostitution or forced labor. Domestic violence often serves as a push or pull force. People at risk, usually women and girls, often fall under the control of traffickers while attempting to escape intimate-partner abuse.”  The relationship between human trafficking and domestic violence is arresting and disturbing.  We must all work together to break the cycle of domestic violence so that we can further combat human trafficking, especially for young women.

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The funds raised for our WOW1000 campaign go directly to women who have been affected by these tragic situations.  This campaign is not just to support these women emotionally, but the fund will provide them with the skills they need to be successful in the work place.  It will provide training, classes, and one-on-one business consulting for women who are interested in starting their own business.  It will also teach them the financial skills they need to run a business and be self-sufficient so that they can break the cycle of domestic violence and human trafficking.  WOW1000 works to connect women from all walks of life through a sustainable platform of lending, mentorship, and networking.  With these skills they will be able to move beyond the hurt and pain and lift themselves up to being successful, independent women.

No one should have to go through being a victim of domestic violence and our goal is to help women fight back (not literally) by learning the skills they need to be prosperous.  Not only will these women have the opportunity to better their lives, but they will have the opportunity to help other women through our mentoring program.  One-on-one they can help other women by teaching them what worked and what didn’t during the recovery process.  These women mentors can serve as an important support factor for other women who are just coming out of domestic violence and/or human trafficking situations.  BiGAUSTIN wants women to know that they are not alone and there is help.

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By supporting BiGAUSTIN YOU are empowering women.

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Client of the Month: Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More

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We are excited to announce our Client of the Month is Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More!  Dwight Miles opened their doors three years ago on August 9, 2011 and since then has continued to grow and add more services.  Not only do they have a hip and trendy store, they make sure they are having fun while providing outstanding customer service.  They offer 24 hour turnaround on in-stock items, volume discounts, free design and setup, and unlimited colors!  Seriously, how can you beat FREE design and setup?  If you are anything like me, designing a t-shirt does not come easily!

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Owner Dwight Miles found out about BiGAUSTIN from a friend of the family and after over 20 years working in the corporate world he decided to make the jump into entrepreneurship.  Dwight contacted us and came to BiGAUSTIN for technical assistance classes where we worked one-on-one with him to create a business plan that incorporated his experience in retail and large corporations like General Mills and Kraft.  Coming from these wildly successful corporations, Dwight knew he had the experience and knowledge to create a plan that would be prosperous.  It was the HOW that he wasn’t quite sure about.  That’s where BiGAUSTIN came in.

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After creating a business plan with our talented experts, Dwight applied and was given a loan to open the doors to a new future.  He said it was difficult at first because you are so used to spending other people’s money in the corporate world and now you are spending your own.  This has been a challenge for him but, he said they have fun and are continuing to grow and learn as they go.

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Dwight says, “I cam across BiGAUSTIN at the right time.  Being a small business owner is challenging to say the least.  One of the greatest challenges you will face is gearing up for growth.  BiGAUSTIN has incredible resources that have helped me to take my growth curve to a whole new level.”

He sure has reached a whole new level!  Sales are up, customers are pouring in, and the orders are coming in faster than they can blink their eyes!  Being busy at work can sometimes be a stressful time but, Dwight seems content with their progress and expects them to only become more busy.  Maybe he’ll open up a second location…?  You just never know with these entrepreneurs, they get an idea and off they go to take on a new adventure.  Wherever the future may lead them, there will be tons of fun and awesome t-shirts involved!

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Here at BiGAUSTIN we are excited to see Dwight succeed and hope that he’ll give us a good discount on some one of a kind t-shirts (haha, just kidding!)  But seriously, we are so delighted with their success.  When our clients are successful, so are we!  So, if you ever need a t-shirt made for your volleyball league, your kids soccer team, or for that 5K you’ve been training for, give Dwight a call over at Big Frog and he’ll hook you up with some great deals and styles.

Congratulations Dwight and Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More!

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