Marcus DeJong and his business partner lost their jobs in 2009 after the global financial crisis. Both were working in geothermal energy – that is, a way to heat buildings using energy from underground, rather than oil or gas.
They decided to start their own business and launched Geothermal Loop Pros that year. They now design and install geothermal loop systems throughout Michigan.
DeJong and his partner attended small business workshops and then worked with SCORE mentor Dan Butler, who helped them put together the documents they needed to apply for a loan. Butler also helped them expand their sales.
Geothermal Loop Pros has been able to secure a bank loan, triple its sales, and hire new employees.