(231) 779-2890

Success Story

With a degree in Automotive Service Technology and a Vocational Education Teaching Certificate, moving out of the classroom and into the shop is a huge strength for 1st Chance Garage LLC and owner Dennis Kenny Jr. For the community, an Automotive Technician who is educated and taught others the art of automotive technology provides a level of confidence and trust that can be hard to find in the automotive repair industry. It is also very beneficial that his wife, Kristen holds a degree in Business Management. This education and experience combination between husband and wife, the community support, as well as the enjoyment of spending time together and the assistance of the SBDC working toward a common goal, is just the right recipe for the success of this small business venture.

When seeking to begin the adventure into self employment, we contacted our personal accountant for some guidance. Fortunately for us, when he heard a presentation from SBDC a short time later, we were the first people he contacted to let us know they were offering just the services we needed.This was a major turning point toward reaching our goal to open and Automotive Repair and Maintenance Shop. Our Small Business Advisor met with us and provided outstanding support. Her assistance with our Business Plan was unmatched and extremely beneficial. In fact, it was through her conscientious evaluations of our Business Plan that we were able to overcome the greatest obstacle we faced. The ability to receive sufficient funding for equipment purchases was a major concern and challenge that felt insurmountable. As a result of our SBDC Advisor’s assistance, we were able to obtain all the funds we needed to purchase the equipment necessary and reach forecast goals in a timely fashion.

With the success 1st Chance Garage LLC is already experiencing, we are now looking toward our next business venture. Working with the SBDC gave us the confidence and support we needed to find our inner entrepreneur. We look toward the future with great anticipation and are excited for the time when our business success will provide work opportunities within the community which has so warmly shown support to us. We would highly recommend the SBDC and the services and assistance they offer to anyone considering a business venture. Here in Northern Michigan, there is a tremendous amount of opportunity and interest for home grown business. Through the SBDC, we also found the support and funds to help small businesses like ours grow and succeed. They connected us to local banking and capital companies eager to work with us to bring our adventure to life!


  • 1st Chance Garage LLC

    2097 S. La Chance Rd.
    Lake City, MI 49651

  • Phone: (231) 779-2890

  • Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.

    Business Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8:30AM - 6:00PM

    Saturday - Sunday

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