Monday, July 11, 2011

Spotlight on Audra Fordin, Owner of Great Bear Auto Repair

New York Daily News reports that Girl Scout troop leader Audra Fordin is the first woman to run Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body in Flushing, Queens, a family business dating back to 1933. On Tuesday, Great Bear will be named Queens Small Business of the Year by New York City at its annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards.

For over a year, Fordin has been running free monthly workshops—called "What Women Auto Know"—teaching hindreds of women so far how to change a tire and fix a tail light.

Fordin's leadership has lured new customers, helping Great Bear stay the course during the economic downturn. She also offers car repair tips on Verizon Fios TV Channel 1 and on the Auto Lab, a call-in car radio show broadcast locally on WMCA (570) AM on Saturday mornings at 8:05 a.m.

"I think different than men," said Fordin. "When I talk about cars, I talk about things that you can relate to. You need air to breathe. Well, the air induction is the respiratory system of the car. The circulatory system is your cooling system. If your car has a fever, the gauge goes up and it leaks."

Do you know any aspiring female mechanics?