"The PPP loan helped us from shutting the doors and the ability to keep paying all my guys!"
– John Tabor, Owner, Zebra Productions
Colorado Springs, CO | Owner: John Tabor
Minority-Owned Professional Services Business
Q&A with Owner, John Tabor
Give a high level overview of your business. What products or services you offer, where you're located, etc.
How did the idea for your business come about?
We do stage lighting for all kinds of events, including anything from the president coming to town to live concerts, houses of worship, theaters, and festivals.
I have been in the industry for a while and thought we could meet people's needs with their events in a better way.
How long have you been in your industry and what do you love most about your industry?
I have been in the industry for about 20 years. I love the networks and friendships that I've had from the start and they just keep getting better.
How did the PPP loan you received from CEF make a difference for you, your employees, or even your industry?
It really helped me keep on top of rent and utilities during COVID, while my entire industry was shut down. There were no live events and we had to pivot to streaming events and re-tooling what we had to make it work. The PPP loan helped us from shutting the doors and gave us the ability to keep paying all my guys!
What advice would you give to another small business owner going through the loan process?
Even though I do not like to take on debt, loans are something you have to do every now and then. If a couple of bad months occur, we could still make it. It is a slower journey, but I have been happy with it.
What was different about working with CEF compared to other lenders?
I found that CEF was more personal than a regular bank. You get a real person who makes you feel really cared for when you contact them.
What recent success(es) have you experienced in your business?
I just got done working on some national tours and events.