5 years ago, he asked for SBA’s help; now he’s Small Business Person of the Year

The Fresno Bee
By Linda McMahon

May 1, 2017

When Ron Heskett was hired five years ago to revitalize Borga Steel Buildings and Components, a 30-year-old manufacturing company in rural Fresno County, he turned to the U.S. Small Business Administration for help.

He completed the SBA’s Emerging Leaders entrepreneur training program as he began purchasing Borga Steel’s assets. Then he used an SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loan to buy the business from the previous owners. Later Ron used an SBA-guaranteed 504 loan to purchase the 9.5 acres of land in Fowler where the business is located.

Since then, Borga Steel Building and Components has created 12 new jobs. They increased their staff from 28 to 40, and will be hiring four more employees. They expanded into new markets, improved employee retention, and decreased supply chain costs.

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