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Advanced Audio Video Technology, LLC

"Consulting with the LSBDC at McNeese gave me the tools and perspective I needed to open Advanced Audio Video Technology as a full-time business. I have continued to talk with the LSBDC consultants as I’ve grown, getting check-ups along the way to improve my operations."

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Ethan Miller has always enjoyed working with audio and video equipment. He used to work for a local company in Lake Charles installing A/V technology and systems and even volunteered his skills for his church. Over time, word spread about his abilities and several other churches hired him to install and repair their sound systems in his spare time.

When Ethan decided to turn his part-time A/V business into a full-time business, he first met with a consultant at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University. Because his wife and children depended upon him, Ethan wanted to ensure his future would be as secure as possible.

Together, Ethan and the consultant reviewed his financial statements and marketing plan. They worked toward determining what it would take to build the part-time income into a business that could support his family. In February of 2008, Ethan turned in his notice at his old job and became a full-time entrepreneur, opening Advanced Audio Video Technology as a home-based business.   

Within two years, Ethan has hired two employees to install equipment, added a part-time bookkeeper/clerk, and purchased a building to house his growing business. His sales for 2009 were more than double those for 2008. In addition to continued growth in 2010, he secured a $250,000 contract for work on a new church to be built in DeQuincy. Based on his reputation, integrity and work ethic, the church has given him a $200,000 deposit to start the project. With a new project underway, sales for 2010 are projected to reach $560,000.

Among his clientele there are dozens of area churches, several commercial accounts, and several schools – his company is a certified installer and service center of Promethean Boards, an interactive white board that is being used in many learning environments. Ethan recently received his general contractor’s license, and will soon take the test for an electrician’s license. Using assistance from the Small and Emerging Business Development program, provided by Louisiana Economic Development, Ethan received specialized A/V training in Ohio in September.  In the next few weeks, the business continuity consultant from the LSBDC at McNeese will work with Ethan to review insurance needs for his growing business.

Ethan has continued to meet with the LSBDC, taking advantage of the consulting services whenever he has needed help concerning different opportunities or problems along the way. “When I decided to leave the security of working for someone else, I realized that planning my company’s future was the key to success” said Ethan. “Consulting with the LSBDC at McNeese gave me the tools and perspective I needed to open Advanced Audio Video Technology as a full-time business. I have continued to talk with the LSBDC consultants as I’ve grown, getting check-ups along the way to improve my operations.”

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Amazing Deals

"With the help of the LSBDC, I have a strong foundation for success"

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Dan Ewing has more than 30 years of experience working in the automobile business. Along the way, he has managed national marketing campaigns for various automobile retailers including, “limited time offers” that moved dozens of units during a four-day event.

After years of being away from his hometown, Ewing returned to Southwest Louisiana due to health problems. Although Ewing’s career at the national level ended, he saw it as an opportunity to step into business ownership.  He learned of an opportunity for start-up funding through Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) and began planning for his own used car lot. LRS is a state program that assists persons with disabilities in their desire to achieve independence in their communities by providing career and entrepreneurial training and assistance. 

Ewing visited the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University and met with Donna Little, Center Director, and began developing his business plan. To ensure the financial stability of the business, the LSBDC helped calculate start-up and operating expenses, and generate sales projections. He spent hours working on a business plan, deciding his target audience, and researching marketing materials. 

Choosing the ideal location would prove to be key to the success of his business. Ewing ultimately found what he considered prime real estate for his used car business at 912 Gertsner Memorial Dr. in Lake Charles, LA.

"With the help of the LSBDC, I have a strong foundation for success," said Ewing. In May 2011, his plan was approved for a $20,000 LRS grant to jumpstart his used car business. As part of the grant agreement, Ewing invested $11,000 of his own money to fund the business. One month later, Ewing proudly opened his used car lot, Amazing Deals.  

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