PTS Enterprises of Ohio, a Latino disabled veteran-owned business, receives the SBA Hall of Fame Award
By José Ramírez, Lorain Industry & Technology Enterprise
PTS Enterprises of Ohio, a Lorain Ohio based disabled-veteran-owned business, was one of three companies honored at the Third Annual Veteran Business Symposium, held November 3, by being presented the 2005 SBA Hall of Fame Award—its owner, Marco Parrilla, had been in the tree-service business since 1986.
Parrilla had been injured while on active duty with the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1991. After leaving the Army, Parrilla returned to Lorain County and held positions as a tree trimmer, an electric meter reader, and a Ford Motor Company team leader.
In the summer of 1986, Marco started his own tree-trimming business, working part time as “Time & Take Downs Tree Service.” In 2002, the business was renamed “Parrilla’s Tree Service” and was operated as a full time business. In 2004, Parrilla’s Tree Service was incorporated as PTS Enterprises of Ohio, a Limited Liability Corporation.
Parrilla’s Tree Service was started when Parrilla discovered an opportunity to make use of his extensive skills and experience in tree management. This opportunity also afforded him the means to meet several personal goals including: providing jobs for U.S. veterans and making a contribution to the community. The company’s services included tree removal and trimming, lot cleaning, and landscaping, with the primary focus on tree trimming.
PTS Enterprises of Ohio was presented the Award for exemplifying the small business entrepreneurial spirit and having successfully availed itself of the services provided by the SBA to grow from a part time to a $125,000.00 full-time business in three years.
The conference was presented by the Northeast Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center in cooperation with the SBA (Cleveland District) and sponsored by Lorain County Community College and the Lorain National Bank.