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Center for Entrepreneurial Action

The Texas State Center for Entrepreneurial Action supports economic development and job growth in San Marcos and Central Texas by providing support, assistance, and training to regional entrepreneurs and inventors. The center works to establish and support technology commercialization efforts at Texas State University, as well as providing students with an entrepreneurship curriculum.

Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease

Director of CEA

Laura Kilcrease is the director for Center of Entrepreneurial Action since Augsust 2013. She is also the founder and managing director  of Triton Ventures, LCC, a venture capital fund investing in start up companies.

3DS

3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. 3 Day Startup teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

Fall 2014: Friday Oct. 17th (5pm) - Sunday Oct. 19th (5pm)

 
 
GSBF

Governor's Small Business Forum

The Small Business Forum is sponsored by the Texas Governor’s Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, and local partners. The forums are designed to give entrepreneurs and small businesses the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today's fast-paced economy.

June 24, 2014

 

Kenny Daniele

Kenny Daniele

Prestige Scrap & Metal

  • Graduated August 2012
  • Prestige Scrap & Metal is a full service metal recycling company. We have been in business a little under three years and have found our niche in the auto industry. Prestige processes between 30-50 cars every day making us one of the largest independent auto processors in town. The company started out in 2011 with 3 employees to now having 12. At the moment we are opening up a second location on a 40 acre lot which will employ another 8-10 workers. Having two locations our goal is to break $5 million in sales this year.
  • The things that I learned while at Texas State that have benefited me the most is networking skills, management practices, and everything that has to do with accounting(although I wish I would have paid more attention in accounting). Business law also helped out in understanding the laws that revolve around my industry.
  • My biggest advice for a your entrepreneur is to find an organization revolving their specific industry and attending every event. At these events meet every person possible, the more people you meet the better off you will be in the long run. Networking is key. These vents may be expensive but will definitely pay for themselves. 
 
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Zack Maxey

Bullzeye Oilfield Services

  • Year graduated: 2010
  • Summary of business and growth:  Bullzeye Oilfield Services is a cased-hole wireline company with locations in Tye, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and, most recently, Bryan, Texas.  The company specializes in down-hole computer logging, perforating, pipe-recovery, and mechanical services. 
  • Bullzeye has experienced rapid growth since opening the doors in 2010. The company started with one truck in its fleet and four employees and has grown to eight trucks and 20 employees.  Bullzeye now services more than 50 accounts. The two most notable accounts are in the top 5 oil and gas producing companies in North America.  Growth is projected to continue at it's current rate.
  • Specifying what I learned at Texas State that helps me most today is very difficult.  There is no one thing that definitively helps me on a day to day basis.  What is most beneficial to me is the foundation that I built there.  It is the footing to every important business decision that I make.
  •  The best advise I can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is the philosphy I try to live my life by and that is, "Let your yes mean yes, and let your no mean no."- James 5:12.  That should hold true when dealing with questions from others and also when you are questioning yourself.  Consistency is a key ingredient to the formula for success.