By Patty Hullett

For the Daily Light

As everyone faces tough times during the coronavirus pandemic, those who are especially impacted include the small business owners of local communities. While some may come back after the COVID-19 event is over, others may close permanently due to the economic fallout.

Among those impacted local businessmen is Scotty Rigsby of Midlothian.

Rigsby officially held his grand opening for Rigsby’s Garden Center, LLC on April 8, 2017. That made him the owner and operator of two local businesses – Rigsby Garden Center, LLC and Silverado Lawn and Landscaping, LLC. Both ventures are located just off East Highway 287 at 3080 Shady Grove Road in Midlothian.

“All total, I've been involved in the lawn and gardening business for over 22 years,” Rigsby says. “I started my own business 17 years ago. I have previously served on the Board of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA) in Austin. I’m one of the two certified Landscape Professionals (through TNLA) in Midlothian, and I have been considered a Master Gardener (in Ellis County) for 12 years now.”

Political parties aside, one must affirm our government’s attempt to throw a lifeline to the Americans with stimulus checks and for “forgivable” business loans.

Rigsby explains the seamless process he went through to be a part of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program: “I initially completed my application for the loan on Wednesday, April 8. I basically filled out the very short application. Then I received my SBA (Small Business Administration) approval and sent over everything to my local bank … I then told my bank what account I wanted the funds from my loan deposited into. The final step was just me waiting to see how all this would work out.

“This entire loan process was unbelievably easy,” said Rigsby. “And after only five business working days, I had my money deposited in my proper account on April 13. This seamless program worked like a dream, and it is ultimately allowing me to keep my employees paid for at least eight more weeks.”

Rigsby wanted to give out a few “thank yous” to Citizens National Bank of Texas, the Small Business Development Center of Navarro College, the Small Business Administration, and to the federal government.

“So on a very positive note, during a very negative time we find ourselves in, some things do work out as planned – and this small business owner is very grateful for that,” he said.