Congress has been under fire to pass legislation to help Main Street. Even though many small businesses are struggling, here is a handful of companies that are growing.
Auto care is a recession-proof business. Up against tight budgets, families have been fixing the old car instead of laying out a serious hunk of cash for a new one. Steve Grimes, the owner of three Honest-1 franchise locations in Oregon, has hired 10 new staffers in the last year and he has his eye on a couple new locations. However, he is having trouble getting start-up funds from a bank. If he is able to get the other businesses started up, he will hire more employees.
Honest-1 auto care facilities have something for everybody: There are comfy chairs in the waiting area, plasma televisions, free coffee and tea, play stations for kids, "immaculate" bathrooms, and an internet café. And for every invoice, Honest-1 makes a donation to American Forest to plant a tree.