“The LSBDC was extremely helpful and they did a fantastic job helping us get our business up and running,” the Parkers said. Brandon Parker grew up in the auto repair industry and knew someday he’d be a leader in the business. He stuck with his raising and what he knew, eventually became a member of the Board of Collision Association and proved to not only be a leader but an expert. He was just missing one thing – his own company. With several expert certificates under his name and a strong clientele, he and his wife Emily decided it was time to start their own paint and body shop.
The Parker couple went to a local bank and it was there that they were recommended to meet with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at University of Louisiana at Monroe (LSBDC at ULM). The Parkers went to the LSBDC at ULM where Center Director Virendra Chhikara helped with their business plan, market research, strategic organization and other areas of the business that eventually helped launch Parker Collision Center, located at 3331 Sterlington Road in Monroe. The LSBDC at ULM helped the Parkers utilize about $238,000 in capital to start the business and create 5 new jobs.
“The LSBDC was extremely helpful and they did a fantastic job helping us get our business up and running,” the Parkers said.
Brandon Parker said his only goal is to fix cars to the best of his ability and to simply look after the customer, and he backs that statement with professional certifications such as; Sherwin Williams Color Adjustment and Blending, I-CAR Platinum High Level of Individual Technical Training, Vale National Automotive Estimatics 3000, I-CAR certificate of Advanced training, and Estimating Solutions for Profit. “He [Brandon] knew what he wanted to do and had the talent, he just didn’t know how to get started,” Chhikara said.