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SBDC Helps Hispanic Business
All Maintenance is a great example of a Hispanic-owned Alabama company that has flourished with SBA assistance. Adolfo Ruiz relocated his business, All Maintenance, from Miami, FL to Russellville, AL in 2003.At that time, the company's primary service was carpet cleaning and restoration of water damaged dwellings. Later, he expanded his business with commercial accounts rather than residential dwellings. After working for six years to establish the business and overcome the stigma Hispanic businesses faced in the area, Mr. Ruiz decided he needed to expand his business. He approached the University of North Alabama Small BUsiness Development Center for assistance with obtaining financing and to get assistance in breaking into the larger commercial market and establishing regular maintenance accounts to generate steady revenue. He received SBA funding with a $50,000 Community Express Loan through Borrego Springs Bank and the SBDC worked with him to obtain certifications for M.B.E. and DOT DBE. Mr. Ruiz was able to hire two full-time technicians to assist him. Mr. Ruiz continues to contact the UNA SBDC to review marketing materials and assist him in the area of government contracting.