Steadfast Industries

With over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, Jameel Worthy was one of 45 contractors selected in 2004 to participate in the Emerging Contractors Program with the City of Philadelphia, the African Chamber of Commerce, and Contract Support Systems Inc. A member of the International Union of Operation Engineers Local 542, Jameel approached Temple University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) back in 2004 to complete his business plan, form financial projections, and acquire legal assistance in structuring a construction company. However, Jameel’s initial attempt at starting a business failed to succeed.

Unfazed by this setback, Jameel re-approached the SBDC in 2012 to develop a new business plan with a fresh focus. He sought to start Steadfast Industries: a business that rents heavy-duty equipment (e.g., backhoes, dozers, excavators, forklifts, etc.) and provides 24-hour emergency service by factory-trained mechanics. In addition to developing the business plan, structuring the business, completing financial projections, and assessing the feasibility of funding, the Temple SBDC aided Jameel in the completion of his Minority Business Enterprise certification with the state of Pennsylvania.

But Jameel did not stop there! With the guidance of Temple SBDC's one-on-one consulting, legal clinic, and training department, Jameel was able to not only start his business, but navigate the bid proposal process to successfully secure a new contract of $150,000 for heavy equipment rental to a construction company. Now a proud small business owner, Jameel has created two jobs and hopes to create more.

In 2004, Jameel could not successfully get his business off the ground. Now, nearly a decade later, Jameel has used the resources of Temple SBDC to create a small business that supports not only himself, but two other community members.