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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

Originally in the painting business, Jack Roper, now 65 years old, has many years experience in the construction business in Birmingham and St. Petersburg, FL. He owns Southeastern Industrial Construction, a $28 million annual revenue company headquartered in Pelham. He employs roughly 80 employees, but that number grows with job contracts and the use of subcontractors.

Jack is married, and has three grown children.

Some years ago, he owned another company, Roper Painting, now subsumed into his current, larger business. His painting firm was hired to do some subcontract work by a more experienced master contractor. That gentleman asked Jack if he had minority participation. He didn’t although he employed many minority workers. The master contractor’s advice was instrumental in changing Jack’s approach to his business.

When he started his new company, Southeastern Industrial Construction, Roper sought and gained 8(a) certification after his company... Read More

Keith Pinkerton, owner of Pinkerton Electrical Services, Inc., dba Mr. Electric, quit school at 16 and started work. “I got the bug after my Dad allowed me to help him wire a friend’s house,” Keith said. “After that, I was hooked.” He was only 13 years old at the time.

That was over 25 years ago. He began in earnest doing contract electrical work. He continued to focus on working new construction electrical jobs even when he as established Pinkerton Electrical Services, Inc. in September 1993, using four or five part-timers to help him on jobs.

Meanwhile, Pinkerton held down a full-time job with the City of Huntsville. He ended that 12-year career in 2001 when he realized he had to devote more time to his growing business.

The business continued to flourish. He hired his first full-time employee in 1998. He continued electrical work on new residential construction. He didn’t really have a business plan at the time. “I regret that now because I have... Read More

The 10th annual Inner City 100, a national competition that seeks to find and rank fast-growing companies in the nation's inner cities, has recognized One Stop Environmental LLC of Birmingham among its selections for 2008.

President & CEO Shannon Riley never suspected she would wound up with such recognition. “It is an honor and really thrilling for our Company,” she said. To qualify for the award, companies are required to have at least 51 percent of their operations in an economically distressed urban area, have a five-year sales history, and fifth year sales of at least $1 million.

She will fly to Boston soon to find out where her company ranked nationally.

The competition is sponsored by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on fostering healthy urban economies, and Inc., a magazine that reports on growing companies and entrepreneurs.

This award has come on top of another from INC Magazine... Read More