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Success Stories

A Job Shop with Heart

Michael Hudson, the owner of Heartland Fabrication & Machine, Inc., refers to his business as a “job shop” specializing in machining, fabrication and the distribution of production supplies.  His Native American-owned firm has clients from coast to coast, building everything from components for manufacturers to precision metal parts to finished products.  Located in a 26,000 square foot facility in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown, Missouri, he now employs 17 people, but this level of success was not always the case.

When Mr. Hudson purchased Heartland in 1997, he acquired a two-person business operating in a 1,200 square foot facility with only two customers. Along the way he encountered many obstacles and hardships; in 2003, when the price of steel spiked and many manufacturers had to absorb the full impact, Heartland came very close to going out of business.

“We were able to get a SBA loan, which helped us to remain open,” said Hudson. ”SBA’s guarantee allowed... Read More

SBA Salutes Black History Month

It is of no coincidence that this company is in the business of providing energy and electrical services.  Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc. is fully charged. Alpha Energy is an energy and electrical company that offers a broad range of energy and electrical services for commercial, retail, office, condominium and industrial construction. Their services and products include, but are not limited to, the following: design build, installation of  energy and electrical systems, thermograph, inspections, energy assessments and modifications, troubleshooting services, energy audit and retrofitting services, power plant design and installation, solar energy, audio visual systems, fire alarm and security systems, consulting and inspection services, service calls and renewable energy.

Incorporated in April of 2005, the company had a humble beginning starting in a two room office space with two employees, both being the founders and company principals. The expertise of the founders, Ike... Read More