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by Tim Delaney
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Gae Callaway, left, explains some of the benefits of LegalShield at a presentation Thursday morning, July 11, in the Club Room at City Hall. Callaway is co-owner of Insurance Center in Corpus Christi and an associate of LegalShield. Also pictured is Cody Walker, owner of Blue Sky in Refugio.
Tim Delaney photo Gae Callaway, left, explains some of the benefits of LegalShield at a presentation Thursday morning, July 11, in the Club Room at City Hall. Callaway is co-owner of Insurance Center in Corpus Christi and an associate of LegalShield. Also pictured is Cody Walker, owner of Blue Sky in Refugio.
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REFUGIO – Gae Callaway says her businesses are all about solving problems.

Callaway, who is co-owner of the Insurance Center in Corpus Christi, and an independent associate of LegalShield, gave a presentation at the first training and networking breakfast for women in business on Thursday morning, July 11.

More of the presentations are planned in Refugio.

The presentation was hosted by the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce.

Callaway presented one of a film series titled “Breakfast with Fran.”

Fran Tarkenton, a famous NFL football player, having played for the Vikings and the Giants, now is an entrepreneur and promoter of small business. He also started LegalShield, an organization designed to help small business, as well as a website called GoSmallBiz.com.

During the movie, Tarkenton introduced Laura Hodgson, who started a business that led to another business. The whole thrust of the businesses was to solve problems.

Hodgson’s first business stemmed from being a mother. She complained of bottles that leaked, but unlike many who complain and go on, she did something about it.

She created the Nourish brand, a business that involved a spill-proof bottle. But because it was such a success, she was overwhelmed with orders.

Hodgson soon found she was more than a baby bottle company. She was a bank of sorts, too.

Because she did not get paid for her sales for up to three months after a credit card purchase, she complained again that her business needed money right away to grow.

So, her complaint led to a finance tool she created called a now account, whereby her company could get paid immediately while the credit card company processed purchases over the first 90 days after a purchase.

She pointed out that she was not a business starter but a problem solver.

She advised to ask questions, and she said she loved to ask “dumb questions.”

“I’m not any smarter than anybody else,” she said.

She said it takes a passion to follow through on a business idea.

It is not a passion about a thing or product as much as it is a passion about solving a problem for people.

“At the end of the day and the beginning of the day, it’s all about the customer,” Tarkenton said.

Cody Walker, owner of Blue Sky, a women’s boutique in Refugio, said she liked the presentation and would like to see the series scheduled every month.

She also said she enjoyed a follow-up presentation from Mark Martinez of the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center.

Martinez said most people know of the SBDC as a “free service.”

“I prefer to call it a pre-paid service,” he said.

The SBDC, designed to help small business succeed, serves 11 counties and is funded by the federal and state governments.

“We provide all kinds of services from how to hire to banking questions,” Martinez said.

“You might as well take advantage of us because you’ve already paid for it,” he added.

Martinez, who said the SBDC has up to 100 clients, does not help with tax or legal advice.

That’s where Callaway said she can help.

She said LegalShield has a plan for small businesses and the self-employed. The plan provides attorneys and protection from law suits and other legal situations.

And LegalShield members also get small business consultation from GoSmallBiz.com, including tax consultation.

Phone Callawy at 361-855-3261 or email gaelord@gmail.com for more information on LegalShield and the Insurance Center.

Phone Martinez at 361-485-4485 at the Small Business Development Center at UHV to arrange for a visit from Martinez or another staff member there. You can email at martinezma9@uhv.edu.
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