Fifty new and potential business owners met with 10 subject matter experts and service providers Wednesday at the Central Texas Business Resource Center’s Business Summit.

“The (Greater Killeen) Chamber (of Commerce) is rebuilding, and one of the things we want to do is hands-on business building,” said Aimeé Nesse, a business counselor at the center.

The resource center is partially operated by the Killeen chamber.

Future business owners such as Shelby Boyle got to meet with an attorney, accountant, insurance agent, a printer and marketer and many other individuals in various fields.

Boyle plans on being a “hot shotter,” a truck driver who runs off scheduled shipments for companies and people in 24 to 48 hours.

“It has been a real help,” he said.

Pluses for Boyle included learning how to legally designate his operation and the chance to network.

Felisha Enesley, who is starting a catering company, said she benefited from meeting an accountant.

“I don’t want to start my business paying more taxes than I have to,” she said.

For those who were pitching their businesses, it wasn’t just about selling services.

Providing knowledge to these potential business owners is a big thing, said Tracy Gordon, of Heartland Payment Systems. “It is definitely great being a mentor and providing information.”

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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