28 Year Old Man With Cerebral Palsy Seeks Business Grant For Power Sports
by Gary Crawford
(Commerce, Texas, USA)
I am a 28-year-old single man with cerebral palsy. I'm looking for a business grant.
I have no children of my own at this time, although because I grew up in with a close-knit family, I'm not without children.
My extended family includes cousins with children. I try to help them with various things whether it is with homework or someone to talk to or get advice from.
My parents divorced when I was ten I had my paternal grandparents to lean on for support. They have since passed on.
They taught me a lot about how treat people. They also instilled in me a work ethic that I wouldn't trade.
In addition to that my grandpa and dad taught me various skills in the mechanics field. The way I see it I am just doing what my grandparents and dad did for me growing up.
I currently live with my dad, but more on that later.
I have no military service because of my disability. I signed up for selective service when I turned eighteen because it's the law, but for me even if it was not required I would have done it because I believe it is our duty as American citizens.
Even though I was not eligible I thought there might be some outside shot that I might be needed in some capacity.
When I graduated high school all I wanted to do was be an automotive technician, but I knew with my disability I would be hard pressed to make that a career.
Then I started to think about a career in motorcycle repair. That way I could still use my knowledge as well as my hands.
My main goal is to show other young people if they are willing to work at it anything is possible.
I have Cerebral Palsy, which I have had since birth. I understand it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, which causes slow motor skills.
I walk with the help of a walker to do some things, but I mostly use a power wheelchair. Through physical therapy and a will to succeed I've learned to be pretty self- sufficient.
That being said, I've been told that I have come a long way since my family was told when I was born that there was pretty good possibility I wouldn't make it through the night.
The main hardship for me is the van that I use to get around in. It's a 1995 with almost 300,000 miles on it.
The wheelchair lift that was in it broke, so now I am using ramps to get in and out of the van.
I am currently on monthly SSI. I took a job in September 2009, at a telemarketing company. I worked for almost two months, but due to my current inability to drive it didn't pay enough for me to keep at it.
The fact that I had to get someone to drive to and from also made it difficult. With my plan my shop will be located next door to my house in a vacant lot that my family owns.
I am just looking for a grant or some advice on how to receive some type of funding on a fixed income. I have trying to find some sort of financing for almost a year.
Business Plan Overview
I would like to start my own business called Crawford Powersports LLC I am looking for start up capital.
By my research it'll take $15,000 to $20,000 to get equipment and supplies to start up.
Here is basic overview to explain how I plan to operate. The idea to start Crawford Powersports LLC, came from my passion for repairing things.
I started trying to help my dad and grandpa fix various things such as cars, tractors and lawn equipment at the age of 8.
They would teach and show me things as they were working, I don't think they ever thought at the time that I would pursue things as a career.
As I got older I began to realize that I truly loved to take something that was not working properly and revive it so to speak.
Crawford Powersports LLC, is a Limited Liability Company with myself as the only member as of now.
I chose this structure because it will give me the flexibility to bring others in as partners if need be in the future.
Crawford Powersports LLC, will be in the business of repair and servicing all types of motorcycles and ATVs.
Also we will be retailing both original manufacturers equipment, aftermarket parts on site as well as through a website.
As far as marketing is concerned, upon start up we will focus predominantly locally, then branching out regionally, and building from there.
I must tell that in my immediate area there are no Powersports repair within a 50-mile radius.
And according to the Texas Department of motor vehicles as of 1-13-11 there are 424,218 and countless ATVs or off-road vehicles that aren't registered.
What do they all have in common? They all have to be serviced or repaired from time to time.