Mark and Teresa Bishop opened the doors of Just Right Auto Service in the spring of 2014, fulfilling the husband and wife’s dream of starting a business. Bringing more than 35 years of experience in collision and car repair, Mark has built a team of experienced and certified technicians who are enthusiastic about the auto industry and customer service. Just Right Auto Service offers a wide range of services; the business is a one-stop facility for all auto body and collision repairs, professional auto painting, and complete auto care.
While receiving advice from the SBDC office in Kennesaw in early 2014, they decided to take a major step and seek funding for their business. They were referred to ACE Women’s Business Center (WBC) and at first did not meet all the requirements to obtain a loan. They diligently followed the advice and guidance provided to them and in 2016 they were approved for a micro-loan, which they used to purchase equipment and a marketing campaign to boost their business. With determination and hard work, their business progressed. They were approved for a second loan in May 2019 which enabled them to hire more employees and add a paint booth.
Throughout the years, they have been able to attend several educational workshops held by the ACE WBC, including the Small Business Risk Education, Small Business Access to Capital and Pitch Competition. Most recently, Teresa and Mark participated in the 2nd Annual Minority Business Expo hosted by ACE WBC. Just Right Auto Service was an exhibitor and the Bishop’s also attended some of the workshops offered throughout the day.
“ACE wants to see you succeed and they help you do it,” says Teresa Bishop. “That’s hard to say about any other banking organization. Most don’t care if you make it or not.”
The Bishops are very grateful that ACE offers Advisory Services to its loan clients. They have been taking full advantage of the program, providing them the guidance they need to take the business to the next level. When asked where they would like to see their business in 1-3 years, Teresa says “We’re trying to better manage our business with the goal of getting certified to repair a fleet of government cars.” As a 51% women-owned business they are now focused on getting the certifications necessary to get government contracts. In the near future, they would also like to apply for an SBA loan to purchase the building they now lease.
Just Right Auto Service