Jose Rivera has been the owner of Paul Original Shoe and Working Boot MFG, an established business that specializes in producing footwear for longshoremen, police officers, and firefighters in the San Pedro area, for over two decades. At the age of 18, Jose began his career with the company under the direction of its founder, Paul. His initial exposure to the world of shoe manufacturing sparked a passionate interest in this craft’s complexities.
Jose’s expertise encompasses a full range of operations, from innovative design concepts to precise sole patterning and beyond, as demonstrated by his extensive involvement in every aspect of the manufacturing process. His exceptional expertise distinguishes him in an industry where such deep involvement is uncommon.
After Paul’s unfortunate passing, Jose demonstrated his leadership and business aptitude by assuming control of the company without any difficulties. Utilizing his long standing relationship with the Business Source Center, Jose sought a small business loan through the Harbor BusinessSource. This effort was motivated by the need to meet rising customer demand and alleviate inventory shortages that were impeding business operations.
Although Jose initially failed to satisfy all of the requirements imposed by conventional lenders, this setback did not deter him from pursuing his goals. With the assistance of a knowledgeable consultant, he started on a collaborative path to fortify the required areas. The consultant’s expertise led to the identification of a community lender that was ideally suited to Jose’s specific needs.
This coordinated effort culminated in August 2023 with the approval of a $2,500 loan. The influx of capital enabled Jose to acquire necessary supplies, thereby adding the company’s production capabilities and positioning it for increased revenue generation. This endeavor’s success is an example to Jose’s perseverance and adaptability, which were strengthened by the Harbor BusinessSource Center’s invaluable support.
Paul Original Shoe and Working Boot MFG 440 S Pacific Ave Unit B, San Pedro, CA 90731