"With patience and dedication, it's possible to live the American Dream."
Green Knights Lawn Care Services, Owner
Juan Guerrero received a lay-off notice from his job in 2009, but he already had a plan.
"Competition for jobs was rough so I thought, why not start my own business?" he said. "I didn't have the know-how, but I felt the urge to make the leap when a choice had to be made."
He made a leap in the right direction - into an office of Central Carolina Community College's Small Business Center.
Guerrero's dream was to have his own lawn service/home repair business. At the SBC, he received information and assistance on the practicalities and legalities of setting up a proprietorship. He was also directed to agencies that could assist with information or business start-up grants.
Guerrero is now the proud owner of Green Knights Lawn Care Services, offering a variety of lawn care and home repair/improvement services. He's enthusiastic about his success and the future.
"I wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for the Small Business Center," he said. "It's been one year since starting and my business is growing. With patience and dedication, it's possible to live the American Dream. Ten years from now, I see myself with a crew of maybe four full-time employees. The business is for my kids' futures - if all goes well, they'll have a better life."