Ed and Waldean Ashford started their business in 2007 with a mobile food trailer selling brisket, ribs, sausage & chicken. With the help of an Accion Texas loan, they opened a storefront in 2008. Ed’s Smoke-N-Q is a thriving business today.
Phil Zavala, worked as a tailor for a major retailer for many years before launching his own business, Image Avenue Clothiers. He opened his shop in the same mall where he had worked for so long. He used his Accion loan to help him move into a larger space.
Joseph Nunez’s business, The Laundry Butlers, is a residential and dry-cleaning laundry service that goes door-to-door. His startup business depended on his Hyundai Santa Fe for pickups and deliveries until an Accion loan in 2011 allowed him to buy a van for the business.