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Shane Criswell

Rural Business Program

Our Mission

The mission of the ASU-SBDC rural business program is “To support small business growth and development in economically distressed rural communities throughout the Concho Valley area.”

Our Services

The Rural Business Program offers clients targeted and customized services designed to meet their needs drawing from a number of resources. The ASU-SBDC certified business advisors can provide advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development for small to medium-sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities, and local governments.

Targeted counseling and training for small to medium-sized business clients in the following areas:

  • Business Plans
  • Loan Proposals
  • Contracting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Financing
  • International Trade
  • Research and Marketing
  • Technology Research and Marketing

Capacity Building Services

The rural business program can also provide capacity building services for communities, local governments, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations.

  • Community Assessments
  • Economic Base Analysis
  • Facilitation of Workforce Development
  • Feasibility Studies Gap Analysis
  • Gap Analysis Targeted Industry Studies
  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management Resource & Development
  • Targeted Industry Studies Leadership Development
  • Vision and Strategic Planning

Rural Business Advisors

  • James Leavelle, MBA

    Senior Certified Business Advisor

    Senor Certified Business Advisor


    Service Area:
    Tom Green | Concho | McCulloch | Mason

    Dezaray Johnson, MA

    Certified Business Advisor  

    Service Area:
    Tom Green | Menard | Kimble

     Alejandro Castanon

    Certified Business Advisor

    Service Area:
    Sutton | Crockett | Schleicher | Irion



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