What do you say to a man who wants to start a business, but in his own words, has “no car, no job, and no credit?”
If he has a dream, as Edward Dowlen did in 2010, Community Ventures says, “Let’s get started.”
Skilled in landscaping, Edward wanted to start a lawn care business, but he didn’t know where to start, or even if he would qualify for a business loan.
He enrolled in Community Ventures’ Business Builder Course, which helped him write a business plan for Edward’s Lawn Care and Beautification. Soon, he was approved for a small business loan and purchased the first piece of equipment for his newfound business.
Over the past four years, Edward and Community Ventures have continued to work together. Edward has built his credit, developed a marketing plan, and received additional funding for his business’ expansion.
Edward is currently working on a business administration degree, and with Community Ventures’ assistance, he has registered as a service-disabled veteran in the federal contracting system to help him earn government contracts.
Edward states, “I’m where I am today with help from Community Ventures and God above. Both have always been there for me.”