STARTING A BUSINESS IN BEXAR COUNTY?
Starting a business can be a daunting task. Often times the best of ideas remain in our minds with no feasible way to deploy them. Financing, paperwork, business structure, and profitability all play a part of dimming anyone’s hopes of starting their dream business. Ideally you’d want a viable business that will provide for you and your family while providing black and brown generational family ownership and wealth.
A San Antonio, 18 year old African-American young lady, resident of D2, and current student at St. Philip’s College was pointed towards the Bexar County Clerk’s, office, last week, where she obtained what is called a DBA (Doing Business As) to start her business foundation. The staff ensured this young lady knew all of her options and took time explaining everything that was available to her.
Bexar County has multiple resources and dedicated people who are here to be a resource to those trying to start a business and may not know where to begin. While leaving the County Clerks office this new business owner was shown the next steps that would benefit her as she was educated about the Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department.
When you visit their website you are upon a wealth of information, as their home page states:
The Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department
Small, Minority, Women, and Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Program Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
The County’s Department of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department (SBED) embodies the strong partnership between economic development and entrepreneurship. The SB&E Department, which is charged with the responsibility of administrating the Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (SMWVBE) Program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and coordination for US DOT Title VI Regulations as applied to Bexar County’s Federal Highway (FHWA) funded projects, seeks to establish innovative programs that involve new or existing businesses and provide monitoring and compliance. -end-
Please note the SMWVBE Flyer below to access the resources & individuals who are available to ensure you take the right steps as a minority business owner.
FIRST BLACK OWNED BUSINESS
C.R. Patterson & Sons Company
After escaping slavery in 1861, Charles Richard Patterson would go on to organize one of the most successful carriage building firms in 1893. The firm assembled 28 types of horse-drawn carriages and employed roughly 10-15 people of color. When Charles died in 1910, his son Frederick converted the carriage company into the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer.
Thanks to the success of all the first Black-owned businesses, we can enjoy a more-inclusive business world today.
Congratulations to this young lady and best of luck in your future. Anyone who would like more information about starting their own business please see AABEI’s information below.