Shannon Vinson a.k.a. "The Money Man" - owns Small Business Associates. The firm has been assisting business owners obtain business financing since 1991. Specialists in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, it is a "Designated Intermediary" by the Los Angeles and Santa Ana (Orange County) District Offices of the SBA.
SBA loans are available to finance the purchase of a business; the start-up of a business; the purchase of real estate for use by a business; the purchase of machinery, equipment and / or inventory; to provide working capital; and to pay off existing debt.
Hundreds of businesses have received SBA loans with the help of Shannon and his wife, Colleen, at Small Business Associates. They can also help you. For the "full story online", go directly to their SBA web site at www.sbahelp.net .To reach "The Money Man" right now, call / fax / email him at:
H. Vaughn Hapeman a.k.a. “The Legal Deal Man” – is a practicing attorney with 30 years under his belt, including 22 years of strong and diverse transactional real estate experience. He has served the needs of clients large and small, always with an eye toward protecting their interests and adding value to their projects. As a licensed California Real Estate Broker and owner of his own development firm, Vaughn is in a good position to view client matters from a wider perspective than are some attorneys who may not possess a similar hands-on track record.
While retained by clients to work on total sales and lease considerations in excess of $250 Million including 38 major shopping centers and commercial projects in seven Western states comprising over 5 million square feet, he has been successful in developing his own, private projects of significant note. His company, Pacific Riviera Development, has handled the purchase and sale (including rehab, parcelizing, reconstruction and releasing) of undeveloped land and existing commercial REO properties. It has completed numerous projects including a 75,000 sq.ft. supermarket / drug store anchored shopping center and a 256,000 sq.ft. WalMart anchored shopping center.
Further, "The Legal Deal Man" has acquired an awareness of the retail petroleum business as an outgrowth of his due diligence activity associated with an interest in developing his own SUPERSTATION. To hook up with Vaughn...ring him up / fire him a fax / shoot him an email at:
Paul T. Gough - Law Offices - Paul is the attorney at his litigation specialty firm engaged in business, real estate and environmental-related issues. Having “learned the ropes” while in the Office of General Counsel at Mobil Oil back in the 1980s, his firm (formerly Straw & Gough) was retained as Mobil’s outside counsel thereafter not only to represent it in various ongoing matters, but to keep them off the payroll of potential downstream adversaries in the retail petroleum business. You see, Paul Gough is one of just a few practicing attorneys who, from the perspective of Big Oil, know “just too darn much about the oil business”. When Exxon swallowed Mobil, Paul’s firm acquired the ability to represent anyone it chooses…and that’s how he came to be listed among our group of savvy service providers. When looking for an attorney with an intimate knowledge of the oil business (and perhaps the way Big Oil will view your situation), Paul T. Gough may be just the man for you. Give Paul a call to see if he may be able to help you head off a future problem or solve one you already have. You can reach him at:
Larry Hilton @ Service Station Consulting Services Inc. (SSCS) – is a 33-year veteran of Big Oil with five years experience working with independent stations. Folks call him for help on such things as: 1.) Reacting to supplier PMPA offers; 2.) Obtaining a supply contract for units the majors can’t brand and obtaining favorable supply contracts for units that meet major oil company standards; 3.) Resolving non-legal problems that arise with today’s Oil company relationships (or lack thereof); 4.) Developing Business Plans for single facility operators when required by major oil companies; 5.) Developing analytical reviews of gas stations (determining probable current income) for prospective buyers; 6.) Expediting SBA loans for gas stations; and 7.) Getting “B” and “C” credit applicants funded. Larry’s motto is "If it involves a gas station, I can help you reach your goal". To reach Larry Hilton now, contact him at:
Jim Mitchell @ Mitchell Design Group Inc. - believes there isn't a C-Store in the nation that can't add $8,000 a month to its bottom line by doing what is suggested by his tight group of maverick designers who are bubbling with creative juices all day every day in Irving, Texas. Innovative, bold, high volume, successful concepts just naturally flow from this bunch that has won coveted awards during national industry contests including: Best Concept; Best Checkout; Best Overall Exterior Design; Best Beverage / Food Service Area; Best Gasoline Operation; and Best Interior Design. The originator and national copyrights recipient of the "Home Plate" C-Store design that is used widely by major oil companies and independents alike, Jim next introduced to the industry the "Rounders" system that received national acclaim. Now, he is about to unveil "The Butterfly Place" design which features ten (10) profit centers in 9,000 SF of space constructed on 3 acres of land and has proforma revenues projected at $175,000 per week. If you are ready for an exciting ride, go directly to his web site at www.mitchell-design.com . Or to hook up with Jim Mitchell right now, contact him at:
Also see 02.17.06 CSP Daily News feature article quoting Jim Mitchell throughout on Store Design Standouts in an otherwise level playing field .
NEWS ALERT! Dateline 10.04.06 ~ Jim Mitchell retires to his ranch in Texas...but still makes fabulous designs available via his web site. Click here to investigate Mitchell's e-Plans .
Toni Pinnolis a.k.a. “Lady Car Wash” – is a California car wash broker and consultant. While most active in the Los Angeles Basin, she is fully familiar with operating conditions statewide. In 1980, the male dominated car wash community was skeptical of Toni, its first female broker. That turned rapidly into admiration when she closed the sale of the industry’s first car wash for over $1 Million. After completing her 75th sale, Toni stopped counting and never looked back. Today, “Lady Car Wash” is able to instantly tick off the exact location and current ownership of almost every full service car wash in Southern California. To find out more about this top producer, check out Toni’s own web page by clicking here on "Lady Car Wash". To contact her right away, call / fax / email Toni Pinnolis at:
Rick Cardin a.k.a. “The Strategy Guy” helps companies from start-ups to major international firms to grow using strategy, finance and marketing. He is Managing Director of Harvard Growth Strategies and holds an MBA & Doctorate from Harvard Business School. He founded a publicly traded national food franchisor and has worked extensively with franchising as a growth vehicle. He serves on the Board of Directors of Whitney Information Network (RUSS: OTCBB) and on the Board of Advisors to Arkeia, RPost, and Xing Cultures. For a more complete look at Rick Cardin’s capabilities, click right here on Cardin Background & Lectures .To reach “The Strategy Guy” directly, just shoot him a call / fax / email at:
Kevin T. Obymako @ Pursuit Real Estate Service Inc. / Pursuit Development - is one of 4 directors and 3 associates who, along with their capital partner Landmark Investment LLC, specialize in securing high-grade retail sites for regional and national tenants in various states across the USA. Targeted sites are those suitable for use as gas stations, pharmacies, banks, convenience stores, automotive services and quick service restaurants. Collectively, just their 4 directors account for the opening of over 200 new facilities throughout the U.S. for such companies as ExxonMobil, Walgreen’s, 7-Eleven and McDonald’s. They are fully capable of handling all the critical project issues connected with site selection, land development, consulting, brokerage & financing. Typically, these firms participate in the equity of its clients in helping them to set, proceed toward and achieve their goals. For a closer look at their expertise, click on Pursuit Biographies. To reach Kevin Obymako right now and talk about your needs, contact him at:
Chet Wilke a.k.a. "The Texas Car Wash Specialist"
For almost twenty years Chet Wilke has been listing, selling, selecting car wash sites and representing buyers in the car wash industry through out Texas. Licensed in Texas since 1986 Chet is a car wash advocate supporting his clients from loan to close with “Legendary Performance” bringing harmony and peace of mind to every transaction. Starting with Self Serve, then to In Bay Automatic’s and on to the next generation of Tunnel Car Wash Systems Chet Wilke is in step with industry changes and has the experience and knowledge of those systems’s to represent every person with integrity! More at the Texas Car Wash Specialist and www.CarWashSale.com .