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Success Stories

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Rhonda Allen started as a Marketing Director for a Physical Therapist, when one day she was presented with an opportunity that completely changed the trajectory of her career. Because of her hard work, dedication, and a knack for management, she was offered the opportunity to purchase the existing physical therapy business from the owner. She jumped at the opportunity, changed the name, and Premier Physical Therapy was born in 2011. From its beginning the business has thrived and has overcome many obstacles, but nothing quite like COVID-19.

On March 13, 2020 COVID-19 was declared a national disaster, and shortly thereafter non-essential businesses in the State of Alabama were mandated to close. As an essential business, Premier Physical Therapy remained open, however, COVID-19 caused a major reduction in the patients they serviced. The number of doctor referrals they received was drastically reduced because elective procedures were no longer being... Read More

Baking People Happy

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As a young entrepreneur with a passion and a dream, Joshua Wortham took an obstacle and turned it into an opportunity. Peaceful Pastries & Sweets was birthed in 2015 by Joshua at the tender age of 10 years old. Like all entrepreneurs he had a desire and a need that he believed he could fulfill through the creation of a business. After receiving the devastating news that he would not be able to attend summer camp for financial reasons, it was suggested by his parents that he start a business to raise money to cover his expenses.   

Solution:

Joshua decided to take something he loved and had a knack for, to create a money-making opportunity. He sought the help and guidance of SBA resource partner, The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship and they helped him navigate through the realms of entrepreneurship and business formation. Through the assistance of The Catalyst, Peaceful Pastries & Sweets has grown... Read More

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Nicholas Dowdell, a disabled Army veteran, had a desire to do something impactful in his community as well as become his own boss. He started out as an employee of a prominent construction company through which he gained invaluable experience that would afford him the technical knowledge and expertise he would later need. After a few years working in the capacity of a project manager, he decided to turn his dream of entrepreneurship into a reality and he started Provision Contracting Services, Inc in 2010. As a startup business, Nicholas Dowdell and Provision faced many challenges. They lacked sufficient past performance to successfully win contracts and were turned down for several opportunities.

Solution: 

Nicholas knew that there had to be a way to overcome these challenges, so he sought the assistance of the SBA’s resource partners at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). There he was introduced to the 8(a) Business Development program,... Read More

 

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... Read More

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