BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) - Two local entrepreneurs Dave Clabeaux and Ben Moskel decided to work with Sharif Shaivi, the owner of Buffalo's local gasoline stations, Red Top Market and Go Gas to "Pay it forward."
The business partners came up with the idea to pump $10 of gas into civilian vehicles, and $20 into current or retired military vehicles that stop at Red Top Market or Go Gas between the hours of 12-2pm Saturday afternoon.
Clabeaux and Moskel hope to say thank you to the former war veteran that so generously helped them get their start.
Clabeaux was a former English teacher and Moskel was a former lawyer; both attended the University at Buffalo. It was in college where they decided to start a business together that would help other small businesses grow by helping them with website creation and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The two aspiring business men quit their jobs and invested everything they had all for the company to start failing. They had one last appointment that could turn the business around.
As luck would have it, they ran out of gas on the way to their meeting and had no way of resolving the problem.
Thanks to a well prepared, good Samaritan and war veteran who would not accept payment from the men, the two made it to their meeting.
As a result of this unpredictable dilemma and extremely kind war veteran, their course of business changed entirely.
The entrepreneurs founded Strategic Leverage Media, Inc. to help other small businesses grow by building their websites and social media campaigns.
Clabeaux and Moskel have successfully helped hundreds of small companies grow by increasing their online presence.
They were given a hand in a way that could not be repaid, but thought of a way to show their sincere gratitude the best way they could.
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