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Arkansas District Office Success Stories

Arkansas District Office Success Stories

George Jett's Gas and Service Station is in business with the community and for the community.

This full-service station has been in business for 19 years in the heart of the Capitol View-Stifft Station area of Little Rock, an area known for its community spirit and active neighborhood involvement.  It has been a cornerstone in the revitalization of business in the community.  As a commercial member of the neighborhood association, George says, "the neighborhood has backed us well.  We try to do a fair business, and they're returning it back to us.  We always try to do what's right."   George Jett’s excellent reputation attracts customers from all over the Central Arkansas area.

This business is the culmination of a life-time of experience in the automotive field.  George grew up in Little Rock, helping out in his uncle's auto body shop, which was located on the present site of the Kroger's store on Shackleford Road.  He was head mechanic for many years at Isclaw's Mobil, and then served as service manager for a local tire store for over ten years. 

Mr. Jett chose his business site on the corner of West Markham and Johnson Street.  This site provided convenience for his long-time customers, but also posed a challenge.  The previous service station had a poor reputation in the neighborhood.  Mr. Jett was able to meet this challenge because of his excellent reputation for honesty and high quality work.  Financing for the service station was provided by One Bank with a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guaranty in 1994.  Mr. Jett also contacted the SCORE Business Counselors.  SCORE, located in the SBA's Little Rock office, provides business and management counseling at no charge.

George Jett’s success shows that independent gas and service stations are important and vital keys to the growth of our cities.

 

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