A truck driver for a number of years, Mark was injured in an accident that left him with nerve damage and an ankle injury that made it impossible for him to push the truck’s clutch or to sit for long periods. After the accident, he was unable to work for two years.
While driving truck, Mark had run a small part-time used car dealership on the side. After his recovery he decided to train as an auto mechanic and make his used car dealership a full-time business. While he had some business knowledge, he needed help to make the transition. “I had no idea of what I needed for a business plan,” he says.
To get the assistance he needed, Mark met with a Self-Employment Services Specialist from Easter Seals. The Specialist did an assessment and feasibility study to determine if the business could work and then walked Mark through the process of developing a full business plan. “The Self-Employment Specialist gave me an outline and a lot of resources. She helped guide me through the process, helping me get the information I needed and helping with the research.”
Mark successfully launched his business and is currently looking for a shop for expansion. “Thanks to Easter Seals I have my business up and running,” he says, “and I’m looking forward to a successful future.”