Small Engine… Big Business
December 01, 2011
Owner/Managers: Carl and Terri Johnson
Nature of Business: Small Engine Repair and Maintenance
City: Sonora, Tx
SBDC Business Advisor: Peggy Hodges
Sonora Air Cooled Engines has grown! Owners Carl and Terri Johnson have expanded and moved into the historic Ford Dealership Building on Concho Avenue in Sonora.
When the Johnson’s approached their banker, Tonya Brown, she suggested they contact Small Business Development Advisor at Angelo State University, Peggy Hodges.
Peggy met with Terri over a two-month period working on a business plan for their business. “It is great to have an SBDC representative in Sonora to assist all of us. Our banker introduced us to Peggy – Peggy is so knowledgeable at her job and is invaluable to our community,” Terri remarked.
Once the business plan was completed and the projections finalized for the expansion, the Johnson’s approached the Sonora Industrial Development Corporation seeking financial assistance. Because of the enormous amount of floor space in the new location, 17,000 square feet, the Johnson’s plan to also add a sporting goods store, Buck-N-Bass.
The SIDC awarded Sonora Air Cooled Engines a $20,000 grant. With the expansion, the Johnson’s were able to retain three jobs.
“It is great to have an SBDC representative in Sonora to assist all of us. Our banker introduced us to Peggy – Peggy is so knowledgeable at her job and is invaluable to our community.” -Terri Johnson
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