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Entrepreneur commits to helping SCV Food Pantry

Posted: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Executive director Belinda Crawford, left, and Alan Campos, owner of SCV iRepair, speak in the office of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry in Newhall on Thursday.

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Alan Campos is driven to succeed – and wants to share the fruits of his success along the way.

Focused on earning a business management degree, Campos began his business repairing iPhones and iPods at a fraction of the cost consumers would pay for such service at a retail store.

Launching SCV iRepair from his Santa Clarita home in November 2010 as a Hart High School junior, Campos found he had a natural talent for replacing broken screens, and even customizing used phones for resale.

His business quickly spread by word of mouth, garnering the entrepreneur customer appointments, he said.

While attending College of the Canyons this year, one of Campos’s class projects was to select a nonprofit and volunteer to work with it.

“I was moved by the people just volunteering there, everyone just giving up their time to help people in this community, Campos said

After his volunteer hours were met, Campos felt motivated to continue helping the food pantry. In February he established a partnership with them in order to give back to the community.

Campos committed himself to donating $5 for every cracked screen he repairs. Cracked screens drive his business repairs.
On average, SCV iRepair charges $60 to $80 for every cracked screen repair. Campos plans to write the food pantry a check every three months from his gross sales.

Surprise donation
Last Thursday, three months into his partnership with the SCV Food Pantry, Campos surprised Crawford with a $450 donation.
“Alan is a remarkable young man,” said Belinda Crawford, executive director of the SCV Food Pantry. “You see that in his drive, his entrepreneurial-ship and so in his commitment to help others.”

From time to time, a business will tie in a promotion with the food pantry to get its business off the ground, and the food pantry is always open to partnering with them, Crawford said. But this is the first ongoing commitment a business has made, she said.

“Alan’s made this commitment long term for every iPhone he repairs,” Crawford said.

Going to SCV iRepair not only saves consumers time and money, she said, but it also helps a local charity.

“He’s remarkable. He went to the Small Business Development Center for his business, and is getting an education at College of the Canyons, but his success hasn’t gone to his head,” Crawford said. “He’s got brains and a heart.”

It’s very important as a business owner and business entity to give back a little, Campos said.  He said there’s still money to be made and still help people out.

“You can’t be too greedy with your money. Businesses have a responsibility to give back a little and you’re starting to see more companies like that, like Toms shoes.”

Although only 22, Campos is also is a member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industrial Association.
“Alan fixed my daughter’s iPhone after she dropped it,” said local resident Maria Holloway. “Within a few days, my daughter’s phone was back to its original state.”

Although she knew Campos was a college student who owned a successful business, Holloway was surprised to learn that he also contributed to the SCV Food Pantry.

“There are many local businesses that don’t see the importance of the services provided by the SCV Food Pantry,” she said.

Goal driven
Campos is finishing up at COC now and transferring to California State University, Northridge, in the fall. He also plans to wrap up his bachelor’s degree in under two years and move on to get a master’s degree — possibly at the USC Marshall School of Business, he said.

Always business-driven since he was a kid, Campos said he learned growing up to set my own course. And while his long term goals for Campos include starting other businesses, he wants to incorporate the aspect of giving back to community in any business he starts, he said.

“When I started my business, I knew I also wanted to share and help my community,” Campos said. “There are lots of nonprofits in Santa Clarita, but I saw firsthand how the Food Pantry helps families. I also enjoyed working with everyone when I volunteered there for community service hours.”

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