Seattle, WAINDUSTRY: CONSTRUCTION
BUSINESS: A&R SOLAR
YEAR FOUNDED: 2007
PROGRAM: 2013 EMERGING LEADERS SEATTLE
“This course was a critical aid in helping me get past the point of being a 20-person (or less) company . . . I have reached a new level of understanding with my business.”BUSINESS OVERVIEW
When Andy Yatteau and Reeves Clippard started A&R Solar ten years ago, solar power wasn’t seen as a viable industry. Starting their solar installation business at that time was a risk: In those early years, the two struggled just to make ends meet. Today, however, A&R Solar hardly resembles the modest two-person initiative it began as. Employing 45 people and increasing revenues tenfold since 2013 alone, the business continues on an upward trajectory. A&R Solar remains a team of smart, environmentally conscious specialists who design and install solar energy systems for homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.
While the changing fortunes of solar power helped his business grow immensely, Reeves also attributes this growth to the strategic plan he created in 2013 as the result of the Emerging Leaders program. This SBA program, powered by Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum, provides business owners with the knowledge, know-how, and network of relationships necessary for second-stage growth. “This course helped me develop the systems needed to support our current and future business.”
By taking the time to invest in himself and the future of his business, Reeves has led his business to continued growth.
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