{"media":[{"type":"image","src":"assets\/img\/popup\/client_popup_02.jpg","alt":"this is an image of Michael Jorgensen working in his shop"}],"enableslider":0,"likes":16,"title":"Michael Jorgensen
Welder and mechanic, New Mexico<\/small>","description":"

From the moment you enter Michael Jorgensen\u2019s custom welding and bike shop, it\u2019s apparent that the place is a labor of love. You pass under a huge American flag; smells of leather and grease fill the air. It\u2019s impossible not to take notice of the innumerable motorcycle parts surrounding you.<\/p>

\u201cI learned mechanics and welding from my dad,\u201d says Michael, who has been welding for 40 years and used to share the business with his father. \u201cI made this sign when I was 17,\u201d he adds, pointing to \u2018Jorgensen\u2019s Custom Welding\u2019 over the front door.<\/p>

When his father left the business, Michael kept the shop going alone and added custom bikes to his repertoire. Then, in 2002, after a divorce and a liver transplant, Michael lost his business. Beaten down by physical and emotional struggles, he went three years without working.<\/p>

\u201cBut I could only watch so much \u2018Judge Judy\u2019,\u201d he says wryly, thinking about the moment he decided to get back in the saddle. The local small business development center put him in touch with Accion. In 2008, Accion New Mexico | Arizona | Colorado loaned Michael the money he needed to reopen his business, just outside Santa Fe. <\/p>

\u201cAccion worked with me,\u201d Michael says. \u201cAfter the economy dropped, I just couldn\u2019t make the payments. Accion let me restructure my loan so that I didn\u2019t lose everything.\u201d<\/p>","url":"http:\/\/elmonoautista.com\/5423533"}