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Jun 18, 2016 11:21 AM ET

Archived: mara – Bowlus Auto Center: Helps a small-town business rebuild their business after a fire

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 18, 2016






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Mara’s story

Jaret and I purchased this shop in 2011. We both come from the automotive industry and decided to try it on our own! We have 2 girls ages 10 and 17 and live in a town of 600 people. Tragedy struck us 3 days before thanksgiving last year. Jaret was working late to get our work done to visit his family over thanksgiving,he was cutting some exhaust and a spark caused a fire that he was not able to contain. We lost every single thing in the building! However we are rebuilding and excited continue our journey again!!!!





This loan is special because:

It helps a small-town business rebuild their business after a fire.

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More about this loan

Business Description

We are in a rural agriculture area that is surrounded by many farms. The town itself is only 200 people. We do mostly car repair but really do anything from lawn mowers to farm equipment to fire trucks!! It has been in business for about 50+ years and we are the 4th owner. Jaret and I run this place by ourselves with some help from our kids. However we had a fire in November that took down our business in it’s entirety. We are rebuilding and need equipment for the new place!! We really enjoy working together so we decided we will keep going strong!!! The best part is knowing almost all our our customers by first name and really knowing everyone on a personal level. We are a small business with big hearts!!

What is the purpose of this loan?

We will purchase new tire equipment that will allow us to do more advanced tire technology. New cars today are low profile,have Tpms sensors and need to be carefully removed in order to not damage them. We also will have new alignment technology that will give us a 20% increase in income!! We did not have a alignment system before and had to sublet them to a neighboring shop.

About Bowlus Auto Center

Industry: Services
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: bowlusautocenter.com



A loan of $9,550 helps Mara purchase new tire equipment after we lost everything in a fire.




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