Success Stories

  • About Texas SBDCs +

    About Texas SBDCs
  • C&S Wireline Services +

    C&S Wireline Services Chris Clark and Guy Stone met in 2009 while working as employees for a large oil field services firm. With more than 30 years combined experience in well logging, Chris in sales and Guy in operations, the two realized they had the expertise to create their own company. And opportunity Read More
  • MCR Machine +

    MCR Machine After 25 years honing his skills as an expert machinist, Michael Rodd was ready to venture out on his own. In 2006, MCR Machine was born, a state-of-the-art machine shop specializing in manufacturing complex and difficult-to-machine parts accurately and on-time. Because of Michael's outstanding reputation in the industry, business took Read More
  • Deep Sea Aquatics +

    Deep Sea Aquatics Although based in land-locked Garland, Texas, Deep Sea Aquatics is an industry leader in "tailor-made aquariums." Founded by Daniel A. Engmark in 2006, the company manufactures both standard and custom glass aquariums. Thanks to the Risk Management Small Business Development Center of North Texas, Engmark's company is thriving. After receiving Read More
  • Chandler Manufacturing +

    Chandler Manufacturing Ron Chandler grew up in Wichita Falls and he has worked in the petroleum service business for 32 years, opening his own plant 12 years ago, Chandler Mfg., Inc. During 2010 he created "SuperTherm" - a Fluid Heating Service greatly helping the oil and natural gas industry here in the U.S. Read More
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Deep Sea Aquatics

Although based in land-locked Garland, Texas, Deep Sea Aquatics is an industry leader in "tailor-made aquariums." Founded by Daniel A. Engmark in 2006, the company manufactures both standard and custom glass aquariums. Thanks to the Risk Management Small Business Development Center of North Texas, Engmark's company is thriving.

After receiving an SBA loan at startup, Engmark was referred to the Risk Management SBDC, part of the North Texas Small Business Development Center Network. There, Director Bill Weddle advised the new business owner on external and internal risks, along with product pricing, supplier chain, resource allocation, and other decision risk factors.

When the recession hit, Engmark was ready with a plan and cash on hand. He decided that he was not going to lay off employees, and in fact, continued to hire, Weddle said. Engmark was able to buy needed equipment at big discounts. He purchased another aquarium manufacturer, doubling the size of his company, and then sold 30 percent to the largest aquarium manufacturer and distributor in Canada bringing in a true international partner.

With sales projections in excess of $1 million this year, Deep Sea Aquatics future is as big as the ocean.

Success Stories

  • C&S Wireline Services +

    C&S Wireline Services Chris Clark and Guy Stone met in 2009 while working as employees for a large oil field services firm. With more than 30 years combined experience in well logging, Chris in sales and Guy in operations, the two realized they had the expertise to create their own company. And opportunity Read More
  • MCR Machine +

    MCR Machine After 25 years honing his skills as an expert machinist, Michael Rodd was ready to venture out on his own. In 2006, MCR Machine was born, a state-of-the-art machine shop specializing in manufacturing complex and difficult-to-machine parts accurately and on-time. Because of Michael's outstanding reputation in the industry, business took Read More
  • Deep Sea Aquatics +

    Deep Sea Aquatics Although based in land-locked Garland, Texas, Deep Sea Aquatics is an industry leader in "tailor-made aquariums." Founded by Daniel A. Engmark in 2006, the company manufactures both standard and custom glass aquariums. Thanks to the Risk Management Small Business Development Center of North Texas, Engmark's company is thriving. After receiving Read More
  • Chandler Manufacturing +

    Chandler Manufacturing Ron Chandler grew up in Wichita Falls and he has worked in the petroleum service business for 32 years, opening his own plant 12 years ago, Chandler Mfg., Inc. During 2010 he created "SuperTherm" - a Fluid Heating Service greatly helping the oil and natural gas industry here in the U.S. Read More
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