Joey first began welding as a boy growing up in Nevada City, CA.
“I got into it because it was fun. It just came easy to me.”
Combining a natural talent with metal, an eye for design, and his enthusiasm for off-road vehicles, Joey opened his own custom welding and metals fabrication shop, Infamous Metal Works.
Over the past several years, Joey has built a dedicated client base, first by taking on side-work for customers while working at a metal fabrication shop, and now through his own business. These loyal customers, now friends, strongly encouraged Joey to start his business when the opportunity presented itself in 2007. Their support, as well as the customer referrals they send, has been critical over the past two years, and Joey has built up a brand name for himself without putting much effort into marketing.
In the next year, he would like to increase sales through his website and to hire another employee to help him and his two part-time workers to manage the increasing work load.
“I wish I could say that I make my own schedule, but I’m here 10-14 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s always something to do, whether it’s helping customers, ordering parts, or setting up the machines.”
A $10,000 loan will allow Joey to purchase a steel-cutting machine that will expand his design capabilities and attract new customers.
“I can design a part on my computer, and then use the machine to cut it into the steel. It will open a lot of doors to grow my business.”
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