January 20, 2012

New Photography Business in Alamosa Colorado

Stephanie Tucker began taking photos 5 years ago, as a student at Adams State College.  With the ambition to become a professional photographer and business owner, Stephanie received her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Advertising in 2010.  “I fell in love with love!  When you experience the joy and fulfillment in documenting the most special moments on a wedding day, or a milestone like a new baby, nothing else compares!  I am passionate about my art, and I hope to share it with others.” 

Stephanie used the free and confidential business services from the SLV Small Business Development Center to write her business plan.  The SBDC’s phone number is 589-3682.

Stephanie is a San Luis Valley Native, daughter of Michael and Kim Schaefer of Monte Vista.  She lives in Alamosa with her husband, Justin Tucker and 10 year-old daughter, Devyn.

The studio is located at 431 3rd Street, inside Chris Caton’s Insurance building.  An Open House will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 11: am-2: pm at the studio.  Stephanie will be offering discounts for those interested in scheduling a photo session.  You may also contact Stephanie at 719-588-9401 to make an appointment. 

January 17, 2012

Tax Seminar for the Self Employed

Where else can you have access to a CPA for two hours for $20??

Tax Seminar for the Self Employed
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The County Annex Building
 965 6th Street, Del Norte, Colorado
CPA Bob Gjellum, Wall, Smith,Bateman & Associates
$20 per business      RSVP to donna@slv-sbdc.com 
Free Schedule C Resource Guide to the First 10 participants

Free workshop for Veteran Business Owners

Business Workshop for Military Veterans
·    Legal Entry Options
·    Tax Liabilities for Self Employed
·    Marketing Strategies
·    Financial Resources
FREE to Military Veteran Business Owners
In the San Luis Valley
Friday, January 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Depot, Alamosa
Please register with Donna Wehe, (719) 589-3682 or donna@slv-sbdc.com
Over a 30% discount for any Veteran Owned Business to attend the Leading Edge Seminar.  Pre-registration is a must.  Class begins February 1st.
The San Luis Valley SBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute and express or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsor(s)’ or participants’ opinions, products or services.

January 6, 2012

New Owner of Alamosa Fabric Shop

Jamie and Shane Mortensen are the new owners of the Heartstrings and Heirlooms, A Fabric Shoppe and Much More, on 616 Main Street, Alamosa, Colorado.  

This business was known as the Gray Goose for the past 27 years.  Jamie is a retired teacher who is a passionate quilter and sewer.  

She is now an authorized BERNINA dealer.  
Her son, J.R. Mortensen, is a certified technician for BERNINA who can clean, repair, upkeep, and adjust BERNINA and other sewing machines.

 The store is open from 9:30-5:30, Monday-Friday and 9:30-4:00 on Saturdays.  
“Big Louie,” her long arm quilting machine, has arrived to the shop.  Once patrons learn how to use it, they are welcome to rent it for their finishing projects.
When preparing for the new business adventure, she enrolled in the Leading Edge Seminar, offered by the SLV Small Business Development Center.

During this time of writing her business plan and preparing financial documents, she made several big decisions.  One was to keep most of the same employees.  The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable to the industry.

Another decision was to try to incorporate technology, knowing that many shoppers today buy their fabric, patterns and supplies on the Internet.  She is currently developing her website.  She also decided to expand various sewing/quilting classes and to continue a quarterly newsletter through both email and regular mail.

Jamie has set up a blog to keep in touch with her customers.  

You can check it out at