Omaha, Nebraska – After a career switch to focus on electrical services and real estate redevelopment, first-time business owner Dipley Seavers started a company to help college students interested in becoming electricians through paid internships. is empowered by.
A 2011 graduate of Benson High School, Mr. Sievers was the first in his family to graduate from high school in more than 40 years and was the first to attend college when he first enrolled at Iowa Western University and then transferred to Metropolitan Community College (MCC). I went on to higher education. . He earned an associate's degree in electrical technology from his MCC in 2014, an associate's degree in emergency medicine in 2017, and became a certified firefighter through the university in 2020.
Sievers said her desire to become an EMT began with an incident at her home in Omaha with a cousin her mother brought into the family. “When she was born, her brain wasn't fully developed and she was having seizures,” he recalls. “When the firefighters and paramedics from Station 24 came to our home, we were really inspired by the way they responded to her needs and cared for her.”
He started working as a part-time firefighter at the Bellevue Fire Department, and in 2018 started Black Power Redevelopers, an electrical contractor, while also planning to invest in real estate redevelopment. Eventually, Sievers decided to become his own boss and work full time with Black Power Redevelopers.
In June 2020, he took out a $25,000 small business loan to purchase his first work truck, hire his first employee, and focus on growing his list of satisfied customers. “People liked my work ethic and skills, so I stayed employed,” he says. Within a year, his company generated over six figures in billable work.
He also worked closely with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) and consultant Harold Sargus.
Mr. Sargas helped Mr. Seevers prepare a statement of competency, introduced Mr. Seevers to the City of Omaha's Small and Emerging Business Program, and assisted in activating the company's dormant federal System of Award Management (SAM) registration. and provided information about the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency. (HUD) He is currently a Section III employer.
“I also told him about the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification from the Nebraska Department of Transportation,” Sargas said. “He applied and was certified, which led to the proposal for the airport project. The next step is to apply for federal certification as a HUBZone business.”
In addition to the NBDC Meet the Buyers Conference and training sessions, Mr. Seavers has participated in events sponsored by the City of Omaha and major construction companies.
Sievers credits Sargus and the NBDC for moving him and his company closer to their goals. “He made this process so much easier by helping me understand where I am and where I need to be,” Sievers says. “He guided me to a place where I had the opportunity and ability to get the job I really wanted.”
A father of three children, ages 1, 3, and 7, Mr. Seavers is contributing to future generations by providing paid summer internships to MCC students, some of whom become electrical apprentices. He says he became an engineer. He is also affiliated with Step Up Omaha! An employment initiative that recruits and trains young people from the age of 14 to he 21 and offers them summer jobs and work experience opportunities.
“There's something about my company that attracts people to work here,” he says. “They want to work for me, so I'm willing to give them the opportunity to earn a little money and learn a trade at the same time. By the grace of God, things are falling into place.”