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Success Story - Homespun Electrical

   Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming

 

Homespun-Electrical---Family-Photo.gifWhen he started his business three years ago, master electrician and enrolled Arapaho member, Jesse Dorothy never dreamed about the direction it would go. As a sole proprietor, Jesse was responsible for doing the existing work, while soliciting new work and keeping the books.

 

Jesse felt overwhelmed and tremendously burdened by handling the various aspects of the business. He was afraid he might have to give up his business. Last January he met with the Wyoming Entrepreneur SBDC director for his region, Margie Rowell, and asked her for help. He received QuickBooks training for his daughter, who quit her job as lawyer’s assistant to work for Jesse full time. “This was a huge hurdle for me. Without Margie’s help, within a couple of years, I’d be in trouble with the IRS.” Now, Jesse understands his cash flow and stays in the black.Homespun-Electrical--Collage.gif

 

Homespun-Electrical---electric-panel.gifAnother result of the SBDC’s help is Jesse was able to hire two full-time electricians, one a Shoshone Tribal Member and one a Northern Arapaho Tribal Member. He applied for and was awarded a Workforce Development Grant for his employees. This freed him up to focus on acquiring more work. 

 
With these new systems in place, he’s gotten contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to wire houses for the Arapaho and Shoshone Tribes.  He was awarded an electrical contract for two HUD houses being built for the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Jesse is pursuing maintenance work for the Shoshone Rose Casino and senior centers, as well as bidding on the electrical work for a $14 million renovation of the Wind River Casino. 
 
He plans to expand into the oil fields in the near future. “Margie gave me that little boost I needed -- the confidence -- to do things correctly. I now have peace of mind.”