BY APRIL SMYTH
Yvette Tobias, the owner of Tobias Auto Tag and Notary Services, started her business five years ago after moving home to Ligonier. This 1983 Ligonier Valley graduate married her high school sweetheart, a US Air Force Veteran who served in the military for 20 years, 36 years ago and has had many adventures and residences in the country and the world! Yvette is happy to be home in Ligonier again, and is thrilled to have her own business there.
Yvette was inspired to start her own business because, “I love meeting and talking with new people every day as well and the challenge of starting a new business and keeping it thriving.” After working for other companies and people for 25 years, she decided it was time to fulfill her dream of being self-employed.
Prior to owning her business, Yvette worked in the restaurant industry for McDonald’s in Goldsboro, NC, the NCO Club at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, where she later became an office manager for the Officer’s Club. Since returning to Pennsylvania to retire from the Air Force, she managed the bar for the Ligonier VFW Post 734 before moving on to a position at Ligonier Physical Therapy. She was also an office manager for several local entrepreneurs prior to opening her business. Although taking that step was frightening, Yvette has never regretted her decision.
One thing that distinguishes Tobias Auto Tag and Notary Services from the competition is that Yvette is the only local Authorized PennDOT Online Agent. Tobias’s titles process in 6 to 10 days and you instantly receive a registration card, which means there is no unsightly paper tag in the back window of your vehicle! She also offers free notarizations in exchange for assistance spreading the word about her business and services. Finally, Yvette offers mobile notary service for those unable to come to her office.
Other services offered by Tobias Auto Tag and Notary Service include title transfers, plates, in transit tags, registrations, weight stickers, duplicate titles, handicap placards, and ATV and boat title and registration. Tobias is also a certified loan closer for real estate purchases, refinance, reverse, and HELOC and offers loan modification services as well as Deed in Lieu.
The largest challenge of being a small business owner is time. “I try to juggle business marketing groups with the mobile notary serves and keep my office open as much as possible so I can be there for my customers when they need me,” Tobias reports.
On the other hand, owning a small business has many rewards. Tobias says, “the most rewarding part is the challenge. Every day I wake up thinking of new things to grow my business and make it profitable. New customers come in every day and are so grateful I am here and so convenient.
”Yvette is excited about the growth of her business. Her goal is to reach a point that she is so busy she needs to hire employees. She also plans to become a document specialist for local Enhanced Inspection stations that currently are without one. That way, she would be able to process her customers who are transitioning from a Certificate of Salvage to a Certificate of Title for a reconstructed vehicle.
Ironically, the location of the business at 502 Old Lincoln Highway in Ligonier is the house she met her husband in! His grandfather built the structure in 1964/1965. Yvette never imagined that almost 40 years later she would operate a business there. “It’s funny how things work out,” she says.
Yvette Tobias also prides herself on being quite involved with local and organizations. She’s been a member of the Ligonier VFW Post 734 Auxiliary for 14 years. In addition, she is a founding member of the Ligonier Chapter of the Women’s Business Network (WBN) for about three years. She is also involved with the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Ligonier Chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW).
While Tobias Auto Tag and Notary is open seven days per week from 9 AM to 9 PM, appointments are always appreciated.
Phone: 724-238-7564Mobile: 724-691-7812Fax: 724-441-4957