A Fix Auto USA Family Who Takes National Mom and Pop Business Day to Heart
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A Fix Auto USA Family Who Takes National Mom and Pop Business Day to Heart

April 01, 2024 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, NC - At Fix Auto Mount Vernon take their role as a small, independent business in the community to heart – on National Mom and Pop Business Day and every day.

Fix Auto Mount Vernon, formerly Dally's Auto Body is locally owned and operated by Gloria Hulst and Raymon Bonner. This dynamic team also runs Fix Auto Kenmore.

“Our family members have been involved from the beginning,” said Gloria Hulst. “My parents purchased this collision repair facility in 1988. Before that, another family owned it – and they started it in 1935! Our business and its legacy are so ingrained in Skagit County that, to this day, we advertise that Fix Auto Mount Vernon was Dally’s Auto Body. At one time, we had seven family members working here, and today we have four of our family on the job.”

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business.

The connection with the community has been a key component for Hulst and Bonner and their team, serving those most in need.

“We have always been involved with our community,” said Hulst. “Whether being a drop point for collecting sleeping bags for the homeless, raising money for community events or supporting the Rotary and Helping Hands food bank, we believe that giving back is part of our role as a local business.”

Hulst noted that being a locally owned family business is incredibly hard but rewarding.

“I have always found that business ownership is inviting and rewarding,” she noted. “Being able to make decisions that affect our employees and our community make it that much more worthwhile. We want to give back and help inspire the next generation of leaders for our community, from providing a first job opportunity to a 16-year-old, to hiring a young technician and paying for their I-CAR classes, it’s rewarding to be able to give back.




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