Through her 30,000-square-foot storage facility, Erika says she “provides a secure, full-service storage operation, for short and long-term storage,” in her hometown of Houston, Texas. The 30-year-old runs her business with one part-time and three full-time employees and plans to hire two full-time employees in the future.
“Our dry storage space offers high standards of pest control and cleanliness, giving our customers the peace of mind that their product retains its integrity,” she says. “Storing product in our warehouses allows our customers to operate their business in a fast adequate time frame.”
To allow her business to become more efficient, Erika turned to a friend for advice: Accion Texas Inc. was the non-profit microlender recommended to keep the warehouse, Vee Express, operating as projected. The 10-month-old business is growing to the point where Erika ventured to Accion for a loan to fund the purchase of another forklift.
“At Vee Express we specialize in handling and storing plastic polymers and resins of any type…. Storing your product with us not only allows you easy access to one of the biggest ports in the world, but it also allows your product to be stored in an important hub for chemicals or petrochemicals, making your company that much more competitive,” she describes. View her website for more information: www.vee-express.com/.
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.