DIY Motorcycle Repair Shop for Students, Veterans, Minorities and the General public.
There are around 2000 students attending the MMI School (Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - a specialized technical education program under UTI - Universal Technical Institute founded in 1965) where I am going and most of them live in apartments or areas that they are not allowed to work on their own motorcycles. The students are not allowed to bring their bikes to school to work on them, because over 60% of the students own motorcycles. I am on the student council and I've heard this complaint since the first day I arrived over a year ago. Every 6 weeks students graduate and more come in and have been for over 30 years (founded 1973).
I have 10 weeks until I graduate (Oct 4th, 2013) and I have been on the Dean’s list with all A's and 3 B's. Although I'm doing well in these classes, I know at my age - I'm not going to be a good mechanic ... but I am a good business owner and I can promote and build a large client list. I owned a company in Texas for 12 years.
From Oct until the beginning of Jan when the business will have its grand opening, I will be attending Chamber of Commerce meetings, Networking meetings, going to bike shows and ANY where else I find that more than a couple motorcycle riders are to hand out business cards and promotional items (magnets and/or a combo flashlight/pen). I will have a schedule book of over a month of customers date/time filled before we open.
I know the need for this type of business is desperately needed. All the military bases I was stationed at had a place to take your car to work on yourself ... so why not A Do It Yourself ( DIY ) motorcycle repair shop. We will have 20 motorcycle lifts along with the needed tools to do repairs and maintenance. We are going to be offering anyone who has a motorcycle, to bring it in to learn how to work on their own vehicle properly so they will know everything is done right - all bolts torqued to the right amount, things are not forgotten or overlooked, and the rider will feel very safe knowing they did it the right way.
Motorcycle riding safety courses will also be offered and a Dynamometer to fine tune motorcycles. Solar panels will be installed on the roof to help with energy costs. A large grill will be available for customer appreciation day once a month or every other month.
We will be hiring students from the school to work part time to help them survive and pay bills while going to school. There are many Military Vets like myself going to this school, along with some handicapped and minorities who are all struggling to go to school and work. The cost of renting the lifts, tools, and getting help from other mechanics will be VERY reasonable so everyone will have a chance to do this ... in turn, our business will stay busy and make a good profit.
For the past few months, we have been going over ideas and plans for how and what to do to help not only the students here, but anyone who owns a motorcycle and wants to learn how to work on their own bike without spending over a year in school. The need is here and the desire for a place like this is really out there.
There will be a "Thank You" wall for our sponsors and supporters names to be displayed proudly ... we will also be sending you a company T-shirt and flashlight/pen once they are made if you want one.