SAN ANTONIO -

The neo-natal hospital unit warehoused near a fancy armoire and an office chair that's seen better days tells you Vivian Holder's business is a unique one.

"I tell people we're a facility service company utilizing green technology tools," Holder said.

Her business is Facility RX, and her Shipman Drive warehouse is an eclectic mix of office desks and printers, refrigerators and hospital equipment.

It's a small business of 10 people and a few friendly, family dogs that make themselves comfortable in the office.

The idea for Holder's business was born of a need she saw at companies and corporations. Most had a storeroom stashed with stuff.

"That didn't make sense to me, that people were using valuable space to store stuff that wasn't being  used," she said.

What Holder does is find solutions. She hauls a clients old equipment, furniture, even doors and artwork to her warehouse where it is all meticulously inventoried  using computer tablets and proprietary software.

The client can then see exactly what they own, what shape it's in and what it's worth.

"We are big into doing research and testing and making sure things work," she said. "If they don't work, what we need to do to make it work."

As an example, Holder points to an outmoded medical machine worth about $125 for its parts.

"But, if we put a couple hundred in, it's a $2,000 piece of equipment," she said.

What the client decides not to keep, Holder finds a new home for. 

And if the items has outlived its intended  purpose, Holder said they like to ask themselves, "What can we do with that now?"

Assets from furniture to refrigerators are resold, typically through the Facility RX online marketplace.

"Our whole goal is to help people realize there is revenue at the end of the life cycle for this equipment," Holder said.

She is currently looking to sell refurbished medical equipment to the emerging hospitals in Mexico.

What can't be resold is recycled, keeping it  out of landfills.

Her eco-friendly approach made her a candidate for a "green" small business loan  made available via a partnership between the non-profit micro-lender ACCION and CPS Energy.

"The payoff is we know the money is being put to good use," said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy chief financial officer.

The utility earns interest off the loan to ACCION, which then lends the capital to small businesses like Holder's.

"It wasn't a big loan, but it was an important one," Holder said.

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