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Sean’s Downtown Import Auto/ Equipment Repair

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SBDC Research Helps Find Successful Business Niche

Sean Fleener came to the Small Business Development Center with more than 30 years’ of experience in the auto and diesel mechanic industry and the desire to start a business.

Working with his adviser, Sean reviewed competitive market data gathered through SBDC network sources and landed on the import auto repair niche. Sean worked through a checklist of licensing, permitting and insurance requirements to structure and register his business.

“My adviser guided me through the business registration process and kept me on track,” Sean said. “He challenged me to build my business for the long term and I now truly appreciate the wisdom of that challenge.”

Sean was almost immediately inundated with clients and has been serving a steady stream of customers ever since. The shop has become a gathering point for classic import car owners. It is not uncommon to see rare BMW and Mercedes motor cars sitting beside more common Volkswagens, Audis, Mini Coopers and the like, all waiting for Sean’s capable diagnostics and repairs.

“The SBDC is not a one and done organization,” Sean said. “My adviser stays in contact with me and is there when I need him. The value of the SBDC to our business community cannot be overstated.”

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