CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Bill Kovaric of KeyLate Solutions LLC (KLS) considers the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, an extension of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a core factor in fast-tracking his company through the growth and expansion stages of a new business.
“The Innovation Center has been critical as both a guidance counselor and mentor,” said Kovaric. “They helped me formulate a business plan, make presentations and understand the importance of financials and legal concerns. My business is now on track for 300 percent annual growth.”
Kovaric, the sole proprietor and employee of KeyLate Solutions (KLS), has been working on product research and development for his company for 20 years. He officially started up KLS in 2010 and joined the Innovation Center in 2013.
KLS is a specialty chemical formulator and manufacturer which has developed technology and solutions to enhance the effectiveness of disinfecting water contaminants such as viruses, molds, bacteria and parasites. All products manufactured by KLS are approved by NSF International, a third-party product testing, inspection and certification organization. KLS products focus on microbe control and toxin degradation which could replace current risky and overpriced water maintenance utilities, such as bleach. Kovaric currently markets his products for municipal needs, the harvest and storage of produce and other agricultural uses.
“The next step for us is to bring our business to the international market. We also plan to expand our EPA registration for multiple agricultural applications,” said Kovarik, regarding the future of KLS. “We also plan to introduce our product for the control of aquatic invasive species.”
Kovaric’s number one tip for aspiring entrepreneurs is this: "The foundation for a business starts with a business plan. Do the work, then work the plan, and share your dream with people who can help."