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7/28/10

Program brings new businesses to Levelland

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) – In the last two months, two new businesses have started up in Levelland thanks to the WesTex Allied Communities Enterprise Facilitation Program. One of those belongs to Tina Mulkey.

Always on the road doing trade shows, Mulkey decided it was time to stick around Levelland more often to see her children and husband. On June 1st of this year, her dreams of opening her own business, All About Me, became a reality with the help of Laura Hardin at WTAC. "We contacted Laura to get some mentoring and help on how to do things the right way. She's just been great," Mulkey said.

Hardin is the facilitator coach at WTAC and over the years she's helped 300 people open about 40 businesses across four counties. In Levelland about fiive businesses have benefited from the WTAC. "The average mom and pop have a passion and they just don't know where to get started," Hardin said.

Hardin gives the entrepreneurs management skills needed to keep their business afloat. "On top of that we help you get space, people, and equipment, and whatever an entrepreneur needs to get started we help them free and confidentially," Mulkey said.

With a store full of hand painted crosses, homemade jewelry and other unique gifts Mulkey says she might not be where she is now if it wasn't for Hardin's help. "It would not have been near as easy. We would not have been as far along as we are right now. You just can't imagine what she does for people it's just really awesome that whole organization it's just great," she said.

The most recent business to open, just last Friday, with the help of WTAC is Stuart's Pit Stop for oil changes and car washes. For more information on the WTAC you go their web site by (clicking here).

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