I was trying to start my own HVAC business on the side, but I knew that I would need money for that if I wanted to get anything actually done. The problem was that I would not be able to raise this money out of nowhere, and I needed to get someone who was going to help me make sure that I could raise the money in a smart way. I went to Laidlaw & Company, and Matthew Eitner and James Ahern suggested that I invest the money I was making on the side in an account that I could use to start the company.
We sat down to estimate how much I would put in every month, and then they told me a timeline that I thought would work for starting my company. I actually pulled all the money out at once when it was time to start my company, and they left my account open because I needed to make sure that I would have a chance to invest in other things for my business. I was back the next month talking to them about investing in a fleet because I had two apprentices, and we got to work with these people quickly on buying their trucks.
I know that a lot of people are not able to get their own businesses going because they do not have anyone to help. I got Laidlaw & Company to help me make sure that I got the money out at the right time after raising it in a way that made sense for me. I never felt like I was losing money, and I never thought that it was a hard process. I have a broker at Laidlaw & Company who will help me any time I need assistance, and I can try new ideas any time.