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Success Story

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Novix Auto Body Inc.

SBDC has helped me to refocus my business and point me in the right direction on how to market and grow my company.

With 18 years of experience in the auto body industry, Andrey Novik knew he wanted to venture into owning his own shop.  Established in 2011, Novix Auto Body Inc. is a family owned and operated body shop providing quality auto repair service in Jacksonville, Florida.  Andrey prides his business on specializing in fleet work and custom renovations.

Starting his fleet work as a subcontractor for government trucks and cars, Andrey sought assistance to venture on his own as a prime contractor.  Andrey turned to Florida PTAC and Florida SBDC at UNF Consultant, Kaitlyn Saavedra, to register his company and create a government contracting strategy.  “I started looking into online companies that could register me to work directly with city, state, and federal government.  The online companies wanted thousands of dollars to get me registered.  A buddy of mine referred me to Kaitlyn from SBDC.  Kaitlyn got me registered in no time and pointed me in the right direction.”

As Novix Auto Body successfully registered to do business with the government and found contract opportunities, Kaitlyn looked beyond the government sector to assist Andrey with growing his overall business.  They worked together on branding and marketing as well as hiring and building a quality team – just in time!  When COVID19 struck and the auto body industry took a down turn, Andrey turned to the Florida SBDC at UNF again, knowing he wanted to persevere and continue to grow his company.  Kaitlyn brought together a top notch team of consultants, including Len Ferman and Angela Insalaco, to research and brainstorm creative ways to strategically grow Novix Auto Body during a pandemic.  Through many brainstorming sessions, an action plan was created to get Novix Auto Body with a strong starting point in 2021.

Even through this pandemic, Andrey continued to successfully grow his company.  Novix Auto Body Inc. has successfully maintained government contracts as a prime, increased revenue by 150% from its previous year, hired three part-time employees and is preparing to hire two full-time employees.  When asked about his favorite part of owning a business, Andrey says, “It is that everything is up to me and in my hands.  As a hard determined worker, I look back 10 years ago to where I am now.  It only gives me inspiration of where I can be in 10 years from now.”

For anyone else looking to start their own business or get into government contracting, Andrey suggests, “Number one is education and research.  Just because you’re good at what you do doesn’t make you a business person. I had to learn many business lessons by expensive mistakes.”

Looking forward to 2021, Andrey and the Florida SBDC at UNF team continue to work together to have the most successful business year to date.

Novix Auto Body Inc.Andrey Novik

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