SBA Success Story: Archifootprint, Inc. Builds Sustainable Business in Lenexa

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Kansas City District Office - July 2022 

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Ari Rodriguez-Boog, Owner and President of Archifootprint, Inc.

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In 2001, Ari Rodriguez-Boog became laser-focused on sustainable architecture when she noticed an underserved niche in the power and energy industry while working as an architect in Michigan. “I noticed that energy-related buildings and structures are underserved around the world. Most power plants and substations sit around our neighborhoods as eyesores, with not much thought to their design, sustainability, or building components, explained Ari. “As a result, the building itself becomes second thought during the design phase.”  Ari earned her master’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela, and her master’s in business from the University of Michigan.

Fast forward to 2018, when Ari became the owner and president of Archifootprint, Inc., located in Lenexa, Kansas. She leads her staff in the design and architecture of industrial facilities, including power plants, electrical substations, and energy storage facilities.  However, in 2020, all of Ari’s design efforts were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many of her clients stopped making decisions to move forward with planned projects, and some ongoing projects were put on hold. Very soon, the company's revenue slowed to a complete stop, with the lockdowns and business closures. “Business was terrible,” Ari stated.  She turned to Bank of America, a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved lender, to secure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. These loans helped keep her employees on the payroll and covered expenses for the 12 week period.  She also secured a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through the SBA—a direct loan to help small businesses recover until normal operations resumed.  

When the pandemic hit, Ari lost most of her sales in March 2020. “I braced for the impact and was prepared to lose everything,” she said.  The financial assistance provided by the SBA was critical to the survival of Archifootprint.  “The loans literally kept us going, and we were able to put ourselves on the road to recovery from the pandemic crisis: I am extremely grateful,” said Ari. The SBA was a lifeline for Archifootprint, Inc. and its employees. 

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