Terry Schmidt, owner of Austin Windshield Plus, utilized the free services and expertise of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Austin to help evaluate his business goals and rebrand his company. Mark Thein, SBDC consultant, assisted Schmidt with financial and location analyses and connected him with resources related to his specific needs.

The SBDC – Austin, partners with Development Corporation of Austin to help local small businesses and entrepreneurs identify opportunities, increase profits and provide greater stability and long-term growth.

“I used SBDC’s input to help me make decisions about purchasing equipment and moving locations, said Austin Windshield Plus owner Terry Schmidt. “They also helped me improve my bookkeeping methods and provided marketing assistance when I rebranded my company.

In 2015 Schmidt changed the name of his company from Viking Auto Glass & Bumper to Austin Windshield, Plus, LLC.
“I purchased Viking Auto Glass & Bumper in 2013 and wanted the primary focus of my business to be windshields, said Schmidt. “The new name of Austin Windshield Plus helps clarify the services I offer, plus alleviates confusion with the former Viking Glass & Lock, which is no longer in operation.”

“We help new and existing companies of 25 employees, or less, with a variety of services, said SBDC Consultant Mark Thein. “These services range from developing business plans and tweaking business strategies to providing professional guidance to make strategic decisions for long-term profitability and success.

“I recommend any small business owner to contact Mark at Austin’s SBDC to find out what they can do for you,”Schmidt said.
Austin Windshield Plus, LLC provides auto glass repair and replacement services using a mobile repair van or at its repair shop in Austin. The company also sells “crash parts” such as bumpers, fenders, hoods, lights, rims & wheels, and more. As a local Paint and Body Equipment Jobbers warehouse distributor, the company carries automotive paints, body fillers, sanding and masking supplies, and much more. For more information, visit or contact Terry Schmidt at 507-437-6771.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Austin, part of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center (MnSBDC) Network provides support for launching new businesses and helps existing small businesses improve profits and grow. Services are free through funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). For more information, contact Mark Thein at 507-459-3060 or

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world. More information is available at

Development Corporation of Austin (DCA) is a nonprofit economic development organization that promotes economic growth for the Austin, Minnesota area and Greater Mower County. DCA works with public and private sector partners to attract new businesses and industries, as well as to support existing enterprises. DCA activities include business development support, marketing and initiatives to spur additional private investment in the community. For more information, visit
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