Phillip's Auto Service
Felipe Herrera

Phillip's Auto Service

Felipe Herrera, an active member of the Army National Guard (ARNG) since 1975, is also owner of Phillip’s Auto Service which has served the Corpus Christi community with quality auto services since 1998. Mr. Herrera spends much of his time operating and managing his business, supporting his family, and also meeting the requirements of ARNG duties.

In August of 2005, Mr. Herrera was called in for active duty and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo. This required him to leave the business to his wife Grace. Mrs. Herrera became responsible for the overall operation and handled all issues such as customer service, employees, finances, and marketing. She also cared for their two children. 

Mr. Herrera’s absence from the business unfortunately caused the business to suffer in both operational, as well as financial areas. Mr. Herrera sought assistance from the ARNG and was informed about the SBA Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (MREIDL). This program’s purpose is to provide  funds to eligible small businesses in order to meet their ordinary and necessary operating expenses when a key employee is deployed to active duty in their role as a military reservist.

Mr. Herrera was referred to SBDC for assistance with MREIDL application and proposal process. Elizabeth Soliz, Business Consultant for Del Mar College SBDC, provided business planning, financial analysis, and loan application assistance as well as completion of filing requirements for MREIDL to be submitted to the SBA Dallas District Office. Phillip’s Auto Service was approved for a direct loan under the SBA’s Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and was approved for additional funding if needed.

Phillips Auto Service employs 4 full time staff and is located at 4792 Kostoryz. Mr. Herrera is a fine example of a Corpus Christi small veteran-owned business, striving to be successful in his business, contributing to our local economy, and also dedicating his life to family and the security and safety of our entire country, state and community. For more information on Phillip’s Auto Service call (361) 225-3384.

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