My Appliance Guy from Surprise received a $25,000 grant through Progressive Insurance’s Driving Small Business Forward grant program to support Hispanic entrepreneurs.
Hispanic entrepreneurs start more businesses per capita than any other group in the United States, according to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, but struggle to obtain traditional credit and overcome other obstacles.
My Appliance Guy LLC will use the funds to purchase a commercial vehicle to support his small business.
My Appliance Guy was founded 10 years ago with the aim of providing quality home appliance repairs at a fair price to its customers in the Valley, particularly those in local senior communities who have a steady income. Mario Rodarte, the owner and operator of Appliance Guy, also provides free services to the families of fallen police officers in the area.
My Appliance Guy will use the funds to purchase a fuel efficient work truck to continue providing a premium experience for its customers. As inflation and fuel costs continue to rise, this will not only allow the business to continue operating and growing, but also ensure its customers continue to receive a fair price as My Appliance Guy serves low or fixed income communities.