My name is Phillip Isom and I have a small automotive business in San Antonio, TX called Taegeuk Autowerkz. I am 39 years old and a 17 year Army Veteran. I've been married for going on 20 years in October and have 2 wonderful children. I got married in 2001 and joined the United States Army in 2002. I served for 6 years on active duty as an Electronics Technician where I served 2 tours to Iraq. I served the remaining 11 years in the Reserves.
Over the years, i have had a small storefront and booths at local car shows. Yet as a small business, there was only so much i could do.
2020 was also a tough year for everyone, ESPECIALLY small business owners. Most businesses had to cut staff, cut hours or close all together. I lost a HUGE supplier due to COVID which accounted for about 80-90% of my sales and income. Many customers that came to me for those items, had to be turned away to a BIG company local to my previous supplier which also meant that they were going to pay top dollar compared to buying from a small business.
During the 8 years that my company has been available, there have been many setbacks which have prevented my company from growing and keeping the storefront doors open. A small business can be draining mentally and financially if you don't have everything needed to function properly.Unfortunately the SBA does not really help sole proprietors so I am unable to take advantage of their offerings.
What do I currently offer to customers?
- Parts and Accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs
: Selection limited to direct parts requests from customers due to limited website product listings
- Lighting customization including retrofits and basic upgrades
- Local detailing services
- Basic parts installation services (Home garage installs)
- Basic apparel and vinyl decals
What is the money being used for and what do you get in return?
I am looking for help in growing my company and get the exposure it needs. All work that cannot be completed personally will be given to other local small businesses to finish.
- $5,000 Goal:
: Expand marketing opportunities including custom outdoor canopy setup, various marketing items like decals, shirts, etc.
- Rewards will vary on donation:
: Recognition on social media platforms and dedicated website page for donors
: Company decals
: Company Shirts
: Discounts on product purchases
: Free products
: And more!
Are there any risks and challenges?
There are always risks when owning a small business. I have had many challenges over the past 8 years and the most recent pandemic has been one of the hardest. If my goal is not met, I will not give up on my company. It just means that the time is not right at this moment. We do not know what is planned for us in life. We should make the most of our journeys in life and make a positive impact as much as possible.
Not able to donate?
I understand not everyone can put forth donations too help out my aspirations as well as those of others. If you aren't able to donate, i still greatly appreciate you sharing the word. Thank you and God Bless.
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