Success Stories

Frank's Nursery Grows with SBA Loan

Frank’s Nursery Grows with SBA Loan

Frank and Rosalba Nunez are the owners of Frank’s Nursery- Richmond Garden Center in Richmond, Texas.  Frank’s Nursery was established in 2001 and offers a wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs, soil, fertilizer, stone, pottery, and sculptures.  The nursery also offers landscaping services and sits on 14 acres, which was acquired with the help of an SBA guaranty loan.

Frank’s business is very successful today but his beginnings were very humble.  Frank left his home in Mexico at the age of sixteen to pursue what many immigrants come to the United States for, the American Dream.  Frank couldn’t speak English and took on any job he could get.  He worked as a day laborer in the construction industry and as a dishwasher and busboy in restaurants.  He later landed a job at a landscaping company where he honed his skills for his nursery business.  When the owner of the landscaping company passed away, Frank contacted the company’s clients... Read More

Young Entrepreneur Expands Business in Houston and Beyond

 

Young Entrepreneur Expands Business in Houston and Beyond

Young entrepreneur Masroor Fatany started Sears Garage Solutions of Houston in 2009 at the age of 22.  Sears Garage Solutions is a Sears franchise that provides repair and installation services and offers a full line of garage doors and accessories.    

Masroor’s exposure to entrepreneurship came at the early age of 10 when he frequently accompanied his father on service calls in his air conditioning business.  He later worked in another family business in retail packaging and shipping.  While attending college he and his father launched Unlimited Calling, Inc. selling pre-paid Cricket wireless products.  They expanded the business and now have 6 locations.

After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s in accounting and a Master’s in Finance, Masroor worked as an Assurance and Advisory Associate at Ernst and Young.  In less than a year, he realized he wanted to be a full... Read More

Logical Innovations, Inc.

Logical Innovations, Inc. is an SBA-certified 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB, EDWOSB) providing technical and business support services to the federal government and energy industry, owned and operated by Denise Navarro.  Growing up in Galveston County, Navarro, not surprisingly, had the goal of one day being a member of the NASA community.  She has worked for several companies and has enjoyed supporting NASA and other federal agencies since 1984.  In 1999, based on a recommendation from a commercial client (and friend) she supported as an independent consultant (and still supports today), Navarro decided to incorporate Logical Innovations, Inc., but continued to work full time.  

Navarro spent seven years researching all the steps and requirements necessary to become a successful company before taking the company fully operational in 2006.  To enhance her knowledge, she attended some... Read More

Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Gwen and Billy Craig are the owners of Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring, Texas, near The Woodlands.  With the help of a 504 program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the RV Park opened in 2005 and is a beautiful 27 acre landscaped park offering 115 sites and fully furnished cottages. 

Billy is no stranger to entrepreneurship.  Prior to developing the RV resort, he was co-owner of a family A/C business for 29 years and a developer of a storage facility business.  Both Gwen and Billy work at the resort and have eight employees.  In 1998 they purchased an old timber site and while they researched and put together their business plans, they also waited for the construction of the Woodlands Waterway to be complete.  Their location near The Woodlands allows them to offer their guests off-site attractions and activities at The Woodlands Mall, Market Street, which is lined with shops and diving venues, the Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion, a popular concert venue, and... Read More

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