Jamie S. builds, installs, and services doors and gates. As the owner of “Texas Overhead Doors,” Jamie works in the residential and commercial sectors of the construction industry. A few examples of his work include building custom gates, mounting garage doors, installing fire alarms, and removing sections of wall for new doors. He especially enjoys doing custom work that requires him to think creatively, and he has developed the reputation of being the person to call for complicated jobs. For example, there is a large garage door installation company who contacts him for jobs they deem to be too involved to be worth their time. As Jamie puts it, “I get a lot of weird jobs.”
Jamie was referred to ACCION Texas-Louisiana by his local bank. With this loan, Jamie bought a scissor lift that helps him install large doors used for commercial buildings. This scissor lift expands Jamie’s business capabilities because its height allows him to install taller doors than he previously could. The scissor lift Jamie bought is in good condition, and he estimates that it will last him at least ten years.
Though Jamie usually works alone, he hires sub-contractors to help him with his larger commissions. Down the road, Jamie wants his business to begin specializing in door maintenance. Companies would have him inspect and maintain their doors to prevent them from breaking and becoming a bigger problem later. This line of work would be advantageous to his business because it is less labor-intensive than what he does now, while still maintaining a high profit margin. Jamie has five children, his youngest being 17-year-old twins.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.