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Seeing our clients achieve key milestones is what drives our work at BCL From startups that have expanded to multi-employee businesses to families buying their first homes, our successes all come down to you.
Junior Players, a non-profit that provides underserved kids with the opportunity to shine through summer and after-school arts programs in over 60 locations throughout North Texas, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next year. In that time they have assisted thousands of children ages 5-18 from low-to-moderate income backgrounds to build their confidence, strengthen their social skills, learn to express themselves creatively, and transform their future.
With a focus on counties along the I-35 corridor, BCL of Texas has worked with businesses in cities across the state of Texas, from Dallas and Austin to small towns such as Rogers and Luling, TX. During the month of April, we are celebrating our commitment to supporting growing businesses that will create jobs to build economic vitality in rural communities across our state.
Some entrepreneurs are born ready to answer when opportunity knocks. When the Eagle Ford Shale opportunity brought an economic boom to the community of Gonzales, Texas, the Guerra family opened their doors—literally—to the scores of new faces that needed accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
When she began to get serious about buying her first house, Rose Perez sought out BCL of Texas to find out about programs available to help her get there.
“I wanted to have a safe environment for my kids, something that we could call our own, and to have a neighborhood that reflected who we are as well,” says Rose. She began to work one-on-one with HomeOwnership Center Manager Merecia Smith to start working toward that goal.
Adrian Paredes, owner of the Austin-based Tamale Addiction, was helped with two loans from the BCL Business Growth Fund. From pork pastor with pineapple and onions to vegan nopalitos and sweet guava tamales, Paredes has been able to learn from his customers and successfully diversify his product to meet new market trends.
There are many different kinds of business owners out there. There’s the salesman, the organizer, the independent do-it-yourselfer, and more. But the successful ones? They build a team that can wear all the hats. Just ask Jason Herrera, owner of ClearVue Networks, LLC, an information technology (IT) firm that in just the past five months has grown from 5 to 13 employees, a number which is likely to double before the end of the year.
Just a few weeks in, it’s easy to see the new Counter Cafe location is going to be a hit.
“We have some regulars who come in twice a day,” says owner Debbie Davis. “This is a place where strangers talk to strangers. How many places can you go where that happens?”
With help from BCL of Texas, Balinder Singh and his partners used the SBA 504 Loan program to purchase a historic building at the corner of 15th and Lavaca in downtown Austin for their new location. Word immediately spread of the one-of-a-kind dining experience and their mouth-watering Indian cuisine, and since then the profitable restaurateurs have opened a chain of quick service restaurants in the area and have created dozens of jobs in central Texas.