Small businesses thriving in El Paso with 37 new startups created in 2019


A local wing restaurant celebrated the grand opening at its new location in East El Paso on May 23.

The Shack Wings and Brews is just one of hundreds of small businesses that have received advice from the Small Business Development Center.

Adrian and Michael Soto were inspired to open up The Shack by their mutual love for wings.
They opened the first location about a decade ago and, with guidance from the Small Business Development Center, they took the right steps to expand.

The new location at 9120 Viscount Blvd. is the third location is the relocation here from a smaller location off of McRae.

Now they have 120 employees overall and encourage other entrepreneurs to follow their dreams.

“Be really tenacious. Never give up in whatever dream you’re pursuing. You have to always work hard even though sometimes there are going to be bumps in the road you can’t just give up on that. Keep driving forward,” said M Soto.

The Soto brothers said having a business is not always easy.

“We got through it, we pushed hard. We believed in our brand and we kept going,” said A Soto.

In 2018, the Small Business Development Center helped 58 businesses startup, 46 expand, creating 420 new jobs.

In total, $21,284,000 were added to our local economy last year.

So far in 2019, the organization has helped 37 business startups, 27 expansions, with 327 new jobs, and more than $4,691,000 added to the economy.

“Small businesses are the heart of the economy,” said Maribel Flores, a Certified Business Advisor for Small Business Development Center. To learn more about the organization click here.

The Shack is hoping to continue expanding to West and Northeast El Paso.

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