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ANCOR, INC. - SBA Success Story
Carl Waters, a Service Disabled Veteran, is living proof that with the right attitude and a lot of hard work, almost anything is possible. After losing his arm during a long and distinguished career as a fire chief in the U.S. Air Force, Carl wanted to try something different. In 2001 Carl entered the world of construction in the Anchorage area. Carl’s father and uncles had been in the construction business in Maryland for several years and were a tremendous help mentoring him along the way. He started by replacing doors, locks and other small-scale jobs to make a name for himself and build a good reputation. Although Alaska is a vast place, the population is relatively small, which proved to be a challenge for “the new guy” trying to get a foot in the door. “Many contractors have had a lifetime to build relationships throughout Alaska, I have only been here since 1992, which presented a difficult challenge getting started,” said Carl Waters. Shortly after starting his business, Carl came to the U.S. Small Business Administration looking for ways to build and strengthen his business. The SBA’s 8(a) business development program was a good fit for him, and the timing was excellent. “The SBA team here in Alaska has really stepped up to help. They hosted ‘meet the agency’ events that provided excellent opportunities for us to meet different contracting officers and agencies, giving us face-to-face time to sell what our company could do. Getting these relationships started was a tremendous help,” said Carl Waters. In May of 2012, Carl’s Company, Ancor, Inc., graduated from the 8(a) program as a solid and proven business that now employs up to 40 people seasonally. Ancor, Inc. now performs civil dirt work, concrete and builds buildings. Carl has great pride in his current project with Fort Richardson, a power plant which uses trash from the base to power its generators that produce energy for the base. Through hard work and dedication, evident in an average 80 hour work week since starting his business in 2001, Carl has built solid business relationships as well as strong community ties. “Those who are more fortunate should be giving back and helping others. We support the community in many ways including helping local schools, Special Olympics, fire fighters’ associations and the food bank to mention a few,” said Carl. He also makes time to be a strong role model for Alaska’s youth as a softball coach. Starting when his three daughters and one son were younger, he found great satisfaction working with kids, teaching them softball, team and life skills. He continues to coach high school teams in Alaska and has taken some of the players on college recruiting tours to the lower 48. Alaska is truly a better place because of people like Carl Waters, who works hard and makes a difference for his family and community. For more information on the U.S. Small Business Administration Programs and services visit www.sba.gov or call 800-755-7074.