A loan of $10,000 helped grow my family business, create more jobs, and tap into markets that are not being served well enough in our county.

Tommy's story

My name is Tommy McAlexander, and I am a life-long businessman, born and raised in the Arkansas Delta heartland city of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. My passion for having a strong work ethic and running a business of my very own dates back to my early childhood days, where I would collect and sell gardening seeds to interested patrons in the neighborhood where I grew up in West Helena. I have been married to my lovely wife for over 37 years, and we have a wonderful daughter, who we love very much (and who is also part of the family business).

For the majority of my career I have been self-employed, with one of the exceptions being during my service in the US Military. I am a veteran of the Vietnam War, where I served in the Army on active and inactive duties from 1969-1973. During that time, I was stationed at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox in Kentucky. I gained a good deal of experience and skill during, and due to my personal drive and tenacity I had reached the rank of Sergeant E-5 at the height of my career. Eventually I was offered a promotion, however, after much reflection on the issue, I realized I had amply served my country and desired to focus more on my family and grow my business pursuits at home.

After leaving the army and working in the automotive industry for a number of years, a partner and I started a cable and fiber-optic construction company in the early 90’s and grew the business from a lowly $10,000 investment to a $5 million gross company within 15 years. We decided to dissolve the company in 2005 due to a downturn in the industry. At this point, I remained semi-retired until February 2011 when I purchased an existing successful family style BBQ & catfish restaurant, which also came with original recipes for sauces, rubs and a host of other mixes.

After working diligently at growing an already successful business, and reaching our goals for our first two years, I am now looking to invest more heavily in the business to help us capture a larger portion of the market. My plan is to open a food truck location in historic downtown Helena, which is on the other side of town from our home location. In time, I look to expand the business even further into the online sales of our unique products and the various BBQ competitions around the country.

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About T-Mac's

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years

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