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Seeing our clients achieve key milestones is what drives our work at BCL of Texas. From startups that have expanded to multi-employee businesses to families buying their first homes, our success all comes down to you.
Before you even have to do a single pushup, all you have to do is spend five minutes with Focus Fitness owner Dave Schulze and you’ll see why his customers seek out his personal and group training services. His inspiration is contagious, and for the owner of a small business, he definitely has a big vision for the future.
When Marquita Perkins contacted Habitat for Humanity in 2007, she didn’t expect to become a homeowner. She became involved with the organization when she was helping a member of her church find a home and in the process ended up submitting an application for herself. Marquita became Wharton Habitat for Humanity’s first homeowner, and her neighbor was the second.
When she began to get serious about buying her first house, Rose Perez sought out BCL of Texas to find out about programs available to help her get there.
“I wanted to have a safe environment for my kids, something that we could call our own, and to have a neighborhood that reflected who we are as well,” says Rose. She began to work one-on-one with HomeOwnership Center Manager Merecia Smith to start working toward that goal.
Denise Gee Uzzelle came to the BCL of Texas Business Assistance Center with an idea for a new business. By the time she had completed last summer’s Microenterprise Bootcamp hosted by BCL, she had formed Starting Point Human Capital Advisors, LLC. Starting Point provides a full suite of HR services including recruiting, policy development and employee retention, scalable for businesses of any size. Thanks to her dedication and drive, she quickly secured a staffing contract with a multinational Fortune 100 corporation, and a little over a year later her business continues to grow.
Therapists and co-owners Debbie Mabray and John Leach used the SBA 504 Loan product to expand their business from a small location in Killeen to a beautiful new facility on a large acreage on the edge of town. The new location is highly appreciated by clients and employees alike.
Junior Players, a non-profit that provides underserved kids with the opportunity to shine through summer and after-school arts programs in over 60 locations throughout North Texas, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next year. In that time they have assisted thousands of children ages 5-18 from low-to-moderate income backgrounds to build their confidence, strengthen their social skills, learn to express themselves creatively, and transform their future.
A South Austin stalwart since 1998, everyone knows Willie Flores’ business on South 1st Street. When he needed a small loan for equipment and working capital, he approached BCL of Texas to see what we could do. A quick chat with one of our loan officers and not long after that Mr. Flores had the new tow truck he needed and was ready to grow his business.
Kayla Mendoza always knew that she wanted to empower women with fashion. She remembers as a young child, seeing her mother, a school teacher, change out of her work clothes to get ready for a wedding. “I saw her transform when she put on that dress,” she said. “I saw how good she felt. Seeing my mom feel beautiful and excited to go out was my first glimpse at how a garment can truly change someone’s attitude and day.”
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