Gilbert “Ray” Pickner has been fixing machinery practically his whole life. He recently has found a new way to use his talents, G&R’s Repair Service. Ray opened G&R’s Repair Service, a small engine and auto repair shop, last year with the help of Hunkpati Investments. Ray graduated Hunkpati Investments’ Indianpreneurship classes and received an equity grant and loan to start his own small business in the Crow Creek Community District.
Ray used his financing to build a new garage specifically for his business where he does small engine repair and routine oil changes. Ray has been doing most of the construction work on his garage himself, despite staying very busy working for the betterment of the Crow Creek community. Ray has been a member of the Crow Creek community for many years and is very involved in trying to create the Crow Creek Business Committee. Between running his business and keeping things organized for the community meetings, he spends time with his family and working on improvements to his garage.
“I did most of the work by myself, but there are some things like putting up the ceiling where I need to get help. It is slow, but it is coming together.” Ray’s business has been doing well in the community, although he still struggles with finding the time to get everything done, such as getting his signs up.
“We look forward to visiting Ray next summer and seeing how things are going for him. Although he is still working to get everything going, Ray’s dedication to his business is an inspiration. Hunkpati Investments is excited to keep working with him and assist him in any way he needs along the way,” says Hunkpati Investments’ Business Coach, Elaine Kennedy.
To contact G&R’s Repair Shop, please call Ray Pickner at 605-894-4410. To learn more about Hunkpati Investments or to sign up for our next round of Indianpreneurship classes, please call 605-245-2148.
Hunkpati Investments is a Native community development financial institution (CDFI) providing basic financial services and helping individuals overcome the barriers currently preventing access to capital. Formed in 2009, Hunkpati Investments provides financial opportunities to stimulate economic development on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation, promoting self-sufficiency, self-determination, and an enhanced quality of life for the reservation community. Hunkpati Investments provides entrepreneurship support and financing, as well as various asset building services and products.