Farmington Small Business Development Center
Anthnoy & Roxanna Simpson
If you are a business owner or a prospective business owner, you may have felt at times as though you are out on a limb and all by yourself. Sound familiar?
The Small Business Development Center at San Juan College is your sounding board, your safety net, your colleague and your consultant.
Counselors at our SBDC assist in pre- and post-venture planning with no-charge confidential one-on-one consulting, low cost training in a variety of subjects, and are able to assist your company in networking with other local companies to achieve your goals. Assistance is available throughout the lifecycle of your business and is provided by counselors who understand because they have been there themselves.
Let's take a look. . .
2012 SUCCESS CLIENT
Company Name: Lucky Ridge, Inc.
Owners: Anthony & Roxanna Simpson
Type of Business: Industrial Services
Years in Business: 6
Number of Employees: 27
Living His Dream
As a child Anthony repeatedly told his friends he wanted to be a business owner; what a business owner he became.
In 2006, Anthony, with Roxanna’s support, left his job as a welder, cashed in his 401(k), worked through the fear and went out on his own. Today, with 27 well paid employees that are treated like family, Lucky Ridge provides maintenance and construction services to the mining, oil and gas industries.
Their services run the gamut from maintaining the railroad at the mines, to repairing drag lines, to building gas well support facilities.
Lucky Ridge has become the sole source provider to many of their customers which is explained both by their credo of treating others as they would like to be treated and by Anthony being an admitted perfectionist. To their employees, they are family, never asking for something to be done that they have not done themselves. Anthony seeks out the underdogs, gives them a chance, trains them and takes great pride in their success.
Success is something the Simpsons share. Remembering their roots, the Simpsons plan to open additional businesses, these on the Reservation, in a few years. Already Anthony and Roxanna are preparing to seek the services of the SBDC for these ventures, just as they did then and they do today with Lucky Ridge.
“With the assistance of the SBDC, we were able to improve our quality of life. We remember and appreciate the start they gave us; it allowed us to grow beyond our kitchen table.”
As a Navajo, woman-owned business, Lucky Ridge is a graduate of the SBA e200 Emerging Leader Program, an Economic Development Growth & Excellence (EDGE) Award winner, a past recipient of the San Juan College Enterprise Center Company of the Year award and the only contractor in the area certified by the Federal Railroad Administration.
Our Services are Available to You at Low or No Cost
The Small Business Development Center at San Juan College offers:
- No Charge One-On-One Business Counseling
- No Charge Business Start-Up Information
- No Charge Business Valuations
- Low Cost Training
What else does the SBDC offer you? Our counselors are there to provide continuing assistance to the challenges you face once you are up and going. Should I expand into new markets? How can I find overseas markets and/or suppliers? What about contracting with the government? What about cash flow and credit issues? How can I find new and qualified employees? Does my business need a new look? How can I increase sales? Whatever your issue, SBDC counselors can offer guidance without charge.
Are you ready to take your business to a new level?
Carmen Martinez, Director
Alicia Corbell, Business Advisor
Jill Bumby, Administrative Assistant
Small Business Development Center
San Juan College
Quality Center for Business
5101 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402
(505) 566-3698 fax
Hours: 8 am-5 pm, M-F
Four Corners Economic Development
San Juan College
Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
Jicarilla Apache Tribe
Farmington Chamber of Commerce