bekyarov-kirkley-fried Four years ago, Emil Bekyarov arrived in America, from Bulgaria, with only $400 in his  pocket.  Yesterday, he received the Georgia Green Loans “Greenovation” Award for his  metro-area  recycling business, B Green Services, LLC.

Bekyarov started out in his new country by washing dishes at restaurants and sleeping on the  floor wherever he worked.  There, in these kitchens, his business idea was born. “I thought,  wow, these people have so much. They throw so much away. So I saw an opportunity to  recycle glass bottles from bars,” Bekyarov said.  “Also, like a lot of entrepreneurs, I fell into  the right place at the right time and here we go–we had a recycling company.” Bekyarov and  his fiancee, Angela Mattoon, founded the company in 2009. B Green Services provides  recycling to hospitality businesses, restaurants, catering companies and shopping centers inside  the Perimeter, including Hilton, Marriot, and Turner Properties.

“The “Greenovation” Award is given to the ACE-funded entrepreneur whose business  exemplifies the principle of preserving the environment,” Dorothy Yates Kirkley, Georgia  Green Loans Advisory Council Chair, said.   Kirkley presented the award to Emil at  ACE’s Holiday Awards Luncheon at Druid Hills Golf Club.

ACE provided Bekyarov with a Georgia Green Loan to refinance a truck loan with a punitive  interest rate. The new loan improved his cash flow significantly and as the business continues  to grow, Emil is planning to add a second truck. In his acceptance speech, Bekyarov thanked  ACE and also cited the assistance of Andy Fried, the Small Business Development Center  consultant who helped him with his business plan.

To reach B Green Services, call 404-660-1392 or visit www.bgreenservices.com.

Photo caption: Emil Bekyarov, Dorothy Yates Kirkley, Andy Fried

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