MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One factor you possibly can at all times say about American Small companies is that they’re survivors and lots of proved it throughout the pandemic.

One South Florida small enterprise realized a product they created to guard their staff may promote massive and it did.

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Primarily based in Hialeah Gardens, Premium Tech Coating, an organization that makes the movie used to tint the home windows in your automobile and residential had an ideal 12 months in 2019 and begin in 2020, then identical for the beginning of 2020. Then got here the COVID pandemic.

“We would have liked to stay open and we have to generate income as a result of I’ve an obligation with the staff,” Alex Sikorski of Premium Tech.

Sikorski scrambled to search out masks to offer his employees early on when masks have been onerous to return by.

“Impulsively I mentioned wait a minute you recognize shields, individuals talked about shields and that’s when it kicked in. We will try this,” Sikorski mentioned.

Sourcing the right materials, shields have been created for his staff. Then got here “the pivot,” the reinvention so many companies have skilled throughout the pandemic.

“Wait a minute, we not solely may use it for ourselves, we will, you recognize, put up for sale,” Sikorski mentioned.

Premium Tech put the shields up on their web site and gross sales took off. Particularly to grocery chains, banks, eating places massive field shops and Alex acquired much more ingenious.

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“As a substitute of getting the premium protect, you’ll have the corporate brand on the face,” Sikorski mentioned.

Whereas Premium Tech retooled to supply the shields, which have been promoting properly, the enterprise nonetheless confronted challenges.

They’d lengthy partnered with FIU’s Small Enterprise Improvement Middle, which helps information small enterprise house owners with operational recommendation.

Throughout the pandemic, SBDC assisted Alex in clearing the way in which to assist safe vital financing.

“For COVID we acquired reconnected with them by way of getting catastrophe loans, catastrophe capital and as you heard within the story, was capable of pivot efficiently they usually grew, employed extra individuals,” mentioned Brian Van Hook, Regional Director of SBDC/FIU.

“In the end, we have to get him a business mortgage as a result of gross sales have been rising… A superb downside to have.”

The pandemic will proceed to have an effect on small companies as they proceed to dig out of the pandemic.

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