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Jacob Moreno

"Work For It, Because No One Is Going To Give It To You"

The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Jacob Moreno,‎ co-founder of Altura Engineering & Design.

As I think back to my adolescent years and try to figure out why I wanted to be an entrepreneur, there are two people that come to mind. One is my dad, “Jimmy” Casimero Moreno, and the other is a group of people, the migrant workers I spent my summers with.

We often look back and wonder how it is that we find ourselves in the positions we’re in, but in my case, I know exactly what drove me to start my own business. It was the lessons that my father and the migrant workers taught me.

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Kyla Frye

Chase Your Dreams — Right Here In Amarillo

The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Kyla Frye,‎ Marketing Communications Director - ‎West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center.

Growing up in Amarillo, there was always a stigma about staying here upon graduation or returning after college. Maybe every town goes through this, but I felt that it was said too often and continues to resonate in the minds of Amarillo’s youth.

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Doug Nelson

Do You Qualify For The SBA 504 Refinance Program?

During the 2008 recession, small business owners had to become extremely savvy in their cash management, accounting for each dollar going in and coming out of their organization. New entrepreneurs hanging their shingle for the first time shared the same anxiety that long-term business owners had as they considered the future of their companies.

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Reagan Hales

Why Young Companies Are Changing Our Country's Economy

Whether born from a brainstorm in the shower or thought up while daydreaming in a boardroom, new businesses provide significant opportunities within the economy. When the thoughts and ideas of entrepreneurs lead to the establishment of a new business, the entire community benefits.

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Reagan Hales

The Role Of Small Business In Economic Development

A healthy economy requires small business growth and sustainability. When small businesses are healthy and prosperous, the community-at-large benefits and prospers, too. 

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Claire Gillman

Speed Silks: Racing To The Top Of The Jockey Silks Industry

“It is like the old saying, ‘you can’t see the mountain if you are standing on top of the mountain. You have to step off of the mountain and look, ‘oh look, there is a mountain.’ You do not see everything you have been through, when you are still experiencing it because you are too distracted. When I look back now, at the last five or six years, I am flabbergasted, but only if I step back and take a look.” Matt Darby, Speed Silks founder

Speed Silks creates custom jockey silks. These revolutionary, lightweight equine jockey uniforms. The fabric in which Speed Sillks' uniforms are made, Aero Dimplex®, is used by competitive cyclists, speed skaters and jockeys all over the globe, from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to England and France to Singapore and Australia. Speed Silks uniforms have been worn by Kentucky Derby jockeys since its founding in 2014, including the jockey of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in 2016.

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Claire Gillman

Yellow City Street Food: Instilling A Love Of Food & Community In Amarillo

“At the end of the day, we are just cooking food; we are doing what we love to do. We just want to interact with our customers for a little bit, feed them, and, hopefully, because of us, they will go on to have a great day.” — Scott Buchanan, Yellow City Street Food

Yellow City Street Food has become an Amarillo staple, not just for hungry residents, but also for passerby in the mood for hot, fresh, original fare. YCSF, which opened in 2013, offers patrons food-truck-like style menu. Essentially, gourmet eats on the go. To better meet their customer's’ demands and , co-owners Scott and Rin Buchanan will leave behind its window-order eatery located on the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Madison Street and move to a dine-in restaurant with table service and craft beer, due to open this summer.

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Reagan Hales

WT Enterprise Center Celebrates 15 Years Of Inspiring Innovation In Local Entrepreneurs

The Amarillo community is brimming with generous volunteers, influential leaders and successful businesspeople. The people of Amarillo are what make our city unlike any other. With the AEDC guest blog posts, we hope to educate readers on our community as well as share valuable messages from Amarillo's key thinkers. This is a guest post by David Terry, Executive Director of the WT Enterprise Center.

In 1995, as a senior business student at WT, I heard Don Taylor speak at an event on campus. Don had written his best-selling book, Up Against the Walmarts, which immediately thrust him into the category of sought after professional speaker and small business guru.

That day, Don Taylor inspired me. He challenged me to think entrepreneurially and to acquire entrepreneurial skills. Don ignited a spark that kindled a burning passion within me. In the years to come, through his vision and leadership, we would create something that continues to inspire innovation still today – the WT Enterprise Center.

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Reagan Hales

4 Reasons People Love Doing Business In The Texas Panhandle

The Amarillo community is brimming with generous volunteers, influential leaders and successful businesspeople. The people of Amarillo are what make our city unlike any other. With the AEDC guest blog posts, we hope to educate readers on our community as well as share valuable messages from Amarillo's key thinkers. This is a guest post by Gina Woodward, Regional Director at West Texas A&M Small Business Development Center.

Will you write a blog for us? Sure, no problem! Starts writing, scratch that topic. Repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s when it hit me…. maybe the most important thing isn’t HOW to do business, but WHY so many choose to do business in the Texas Panhandle.

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Doug Nelson

Small Business Administration Brings Back Debt Refinance

Ask any small business owner what one of their primary hurdles was in the early days of their business and they will likely respond that securing funding for major assets was perhaps one of the most intimidating tasks. Entrepreneurs typically have the idea, they have the passion, but they often don’t know where to look for access to affordable methods of financing to propel their product or service off the ground.

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