Meet Jarvis O’Neal Adams, the entrepreneur behind O’Neal On Time Recovery & Towing, LLC, based in Irmo, SC. Starting a towing business was a dream for Jarvis, nurtured through 18 years of experience in the industry. However, every dream comes with challenges. Some of the major hurdles were establishing a brand identity, gaining recognition in the competitive market, and securing funding to expand the business. That’s when Jarvis and his wife, LaToya Grate-Adams, found the support they needed at CommunityWorks.
Jarvis and LaToya were refered to CommunityWorks by the Benedict College Women’s Business Center in Columbia. Through their collaboration with the CommunityWorks team, Jarvis received invaluable guidance and financial assistance. CommunityWorks provided a loan that enabled Jarvis to buy a rollback tow truck to expand his business. This purchase helped them secure multiple contracts and establish a strong foothold in the industry. “It was nice to speak with people who understood the value in my business and were interested in my ideas,” Jarvis told us. “They shared key points on how we could get to a ‘yes’ instead of just saying ‘no’.”
Looking ahead, Jarvis envisions significant growth for his business. He plans to hire additional tow truck operators, expand operational hours, acquire property, and increase the fleet size. He also envisions being a business owner that can inspire the next generation of tow truck operators and budding entrepreneurs, creating a positive impact on the community.