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EKU SBDC Success Story: John's Automotive Repair

John Maxie, owner of John's Automotive Repair, had always wanted to own a garage. After three years of working for an auto repair business, the opportunity to purchase the business became a reality. Maxie jumped at the chance. He had already built a rapport with its customer base. Maxie is known for his quality of work and excellent customer service. What would have taken a few years for someone new to the business to build, he had established key relationships with returning customers. John Maxie holds a professional certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

After acquiring the business, he quickly realized he needed some expertise. Maxie said he had seen the sign for the EKU Small Business Development Center on a regular basis while passing it on his way to work. He made an appointment with John Preston, Management Consultant for the Center. Maxie said that Preston worked as hard as he did to get his business up and running. "It wasn't anything for him to return my calls after hours. Preston would frequently visit my place of business to follow-up. I would bring him my information and he would work on my behalf. He assisted me with my LLC, registering my business, and developing a business plan. I couldn't have opened my business without his assistance," commented Maxie. John's Automotive Repair now employs two full time and two part time employees and the business is growing.

John's Automotive Repair provides such services as tire rotation, oil changes, brake replacement, custom exhaust systems, and tune-ups. Maxie said his business can service most automotive needs except transmissions. He sells tires for trucks as well as for cars. John's Automotive Repair is located at 2453 Monticello Street in Somerset, Ky. Hours of service are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. John Maxie may be contacted at (606) 678-5941.

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Published on October 31, 2012

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