June 16, 2024
ImageDavid Menchaca Garcia recently joined the Small Business Assistance Team as a Business Assistance Specialist. In his new role, he will aid and identify opportunities available to Texas’ entrepreneurs, businesses and communities. He serves as the primary point of contact for the Business Permit Office and assists businesses with state licensing and regulatory compliance. Prior, David was a Business Analyst at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Saint Edward’s University with a degree in global studies. David is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and grew up in Laredo. David enjoys spending his spare time with his dog Charlie, practicing Muay Thai, traveling and watching his favorite sports from baseball to soccer. Reach out to David through our online staff directory.
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ImageSandra Sanchez recently joined the Small Business Assistance team as a Business Assistance Specialist. She performs consultative services and technical assistance work to provide support to Texas companies and entrepreneurs as they seek to start, grow and sustain their businesses in Texas. Prior to joining the office full-time, she previously served as an intern where she facilitated the revision of the 2024 Texas Business Licenses and Permits Guide and demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of state regulatory compliance. Sandra is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in government with a minor in business and sociology. Sandra is originally from San Antonio. She enjoys trying different coffee shops and is passionate about baking. Reach out to Sandra through our online staff directory.
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ImageShelley Burleson joined the Business & Community Development team in May as a Research Specialist. She is a native Texan and graduate of Texas State University with a Master of Applied Geography in GIScience and a doctorate in Geography. She lived in Central Mexico for the last eight years. Prior, Shelley worked as an Archives Specialist at the LBJ Library in Austin and previously worked for the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces Archives at Fort Liberty (Fort Bragg) in North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, walking the many trails in the area with her wire-haired fox terrier Maisy and discovering new spots to explore. Reach out to Shelley through our online staff directory.