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Operating a business: Old school vs technology

Friday, September 28, 2018

Last month, I celebrated completing my 12th year with the UHV SBDC. I have to admit, with more than 35 years in small business ownership and management under my belt, 12 years ago I was confident I knew what it took to do the job.

Well, it was pretty far from the truth. Now, I like to say small business owners “don’t know what they don’t know.” It was sure true for me. Lately, I have read a few articles about the new generation of business owners coming along. The understanding of technology they possess is impressive; it is far beyond what I understand. Today, technology is important, but so are the old-school business management tools.

When I discuss the areas a business must be knowledgeable in with my clients, I tell them about four things: marketing, management, accounting and finance.

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Small-Town Texas, Big-Time Bandwidth: GVEC Fiber Internet in Shiner

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Shiner, Texas is probably best known for the Spoetzl Brewery, Texas’s oldest independent brewery and home to world famous Shiner Bock Beer. Shiner also has a reputation as Texas’s “cleanest little city” and is known for its charm and character, along with its rich heritage. In October 2018, GVEC helped put Shiner “on the map” yet again by launching Fiber Internet, powered by the world’s fastest internet technology. With speeds of up to 1 Gbps, Fiber opens a whole new window onto the world for this hamlet of 2,069.