Rick McKnight Dives Into Swim Business Venture

Rick McKnight, ASP franchisee owner for the Longview, TX territory, has been featured in news-journal.com. Read the full article by clicking here.

McKnight dives into swim business venture
By: By Mike Elswick melswick@news-journal.com

Rick McKnight was looking for a career change and said going into business for himself was something he wanted to investigate.

He worked in the environmental programs area for the East Texas Council of Governments for years and was ready to see what opportunities might be available. Mc-Knight started doing research on his own into possible ventures when he enrolled in the eight week small business startup course offered by the Kilgore College Small Business Development Center this spring.

McKnight did not waste any time putting what he learned in the course to use in his own business. On July 1 he became the owner of a Longview-based franchise of ASP - America's Swimming Pool Company.

“This is a good fit and a good opportunity for me,” he said.

Of the business startup course, McKnight said he would seriously recommend it to anyone contemplating going into business for themselves.

“I took a lot from it,” he said. “I was in the middle of the class when I found the franchise.”