Jason and Wendy Peterson

Coco’s Boat Rentals

Marathon, Florida

 

As a lifelong boater, it had always been my dream to open Coco’s Boat Rentals, which I launched with my wife Wendy in 2015. While running the business came naturally to me through my many years on the water, nothing could prepare me for the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The damage to our boats, storage shed and equipment put us back to square one. At first, we were able to manage the cleanup on our own, but we knew we still needed funding both to maintain our business and to support ourselves.

As soon as we were approved, we began rebuilding our business.

After being turned away by several banks, I found out about Accion through a friend and applied for an emergency Hurricane Irma Relief Loan. As soon as we were approved, we began rebuilding our business.  Through this loan, we were able to keep our business open and to continue living on the island we’ve grown to love. In the process, we’ve also built stronger relationships with the businesses in our community. Despite everything that happened, I feel lucky to have received so much support from Accion and from my community.