One of Houston’s top bakeries turns to SBDC for guidance
12.12.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur
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San Jacinto College SBDC helped El Bolillo Bakery secure third location in Pasadena
PASADENA, Texas – Anyone who visits an El Bolillo Bakery can see it takes a dedicated team to ensure that warm, fresh, sweet bread makes it out of the oven just in time for the early morning rush.
Such dedication recently made headlines when the bakery’s employees stayed overnight during Hurricane Harvey to make fresh batches of bread for people in need. How to assemble that perfect team for an award-winning bakery is something Kirk Michaelis has learned over his 20 years as owner, and he’s recruited the San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as part of the team.
From his first and second bakery locations on Wayside Drive and Airline Drive in Houston to his new location on Southmore Avenue in Pasadena, Michaelis has trusted longtime friend Richard Prets, director of the San Jacinto College SBDC, when it comes to location scouting and business planning.
“When I began looking for my third location, I turned to Richard and the Small Business Development Center,” said Michaelis. “Richard knows the market. He also knew my facility requirements for the Pasadena location.”
The San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center provides business advising, training and solutions to entrepreneurs of small and emerging companies. Growing businesses, like that of El Bolillo Bakery, meet with advisors to evaluate financing alternatives, develop loan packages, review and update business plans and strategies and access financial check-ups and recommendations.
When it came time to expand the El Bolillo Bakery, Prets knew the resources to help get the job done. “We teach people how to write business plans and prepare bank loan applications, but in this case, Kirk knew how to do all that; he needed help with the location,” said Prets. “I assisted with identifying properties and with providing demographic data for the new Pasadena El Bolillo Bakery location.”
This wasn’t the first time Michaelis turned to the San Jacinto College SBDC. Prets was instrumental in finding the right team of IT students from the University of Houston to help Michaelis with technology selection and implementation at his Wayside El Bolillo Bakery.
“The San Jacinto College SBDC is here to advise small business owners with any aspect of their businesses,” said Prets. “We help any entrepreneur who needs assistance, and we’re a free resource.”
The San Jacinto College SBDC is a part of the College’s Continuing and Professional Development division and located at 203 Ivy, Suite 300, in Deer Park. For more information, visit www.sjcd.sbdcnetwork.net.
About the Continuing and Professional Development division
This division at San Jacinto College provides continuing education and training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides the public with noncredit open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment, and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838 or visit the Continuing and Professional Development division website.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.
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