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All-American Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Beth & Kevin McBride
The McBrides moved to Stevens point in 2006 from Wyoming where they successfully operated a carpet cleaning business. Their intent was to duplicate & expand upon the business concept in Central Wisconsin. Consequently, in need of a business plan, they enrolled in UWSP SBDC’s Entrepreneurial Training Program in the winter of 2006. Completing an outstanding blueprint for growth, their business plan captured plans to initiate & grow All-American Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc. Since inception, All-American soared past intitial projections, growing well beyond the Central Wisconsin area.
Opened in May 2004, Blueberry Patch is a quaint and inviting shop offering home decor, specialty women's sweaters and fine gifts. Just one of several unique shops located in the charming tourist town of Boulder Junction, Blueberry Patch is not to be missed! Shop owner Stephanie Miesbauer sought out the SBDC, both in the beginning for business plan guidance, and later on for marketing advice. Stephanie indicates she benefitted greatly from the SBDC's "valuable service" and goes on to say, "We were reassured about what aspects of the business were strong and were offered possibilities to strengthen areas needing attention. We highly refer them as an effective resource."
Incite Marketing Group
Tracy Janeczko & Rand Weborg
After preparing a comprehensive business plan, partners Tracy Janeczko and Rand Weborg launched Incite Marketing Group on June 1, 2009. The company offers husiness clients an array of services that results in a comprehensive, integrated marketing, approach. Marketing services include copywriting, logo and graphic design, media planning and placement, website design, public relations, electronic and print ad production, and social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs). Founders Janeczko and Weborg agree that, "We started this business for really one reason - our work is our passion". We believe in what we do, but more than that, we like helping people and growing their business."
Jim & Michelle Korducki
Jim Korducki went from making his own fishing lures at age 9 to co-founder with wife, Michelle, of Ducktail Lures. Located in Merrill, Wisconsin, the gateway to “Wisconsin’s Musky Country,” the company’s products are sold at retailers throughout the Midwest to as far away as Stockholm, Sweden! To facilitate company growth, the Korducki’s needed to prepare a business plan to secure financing for additional marketing and inventory. Participation in the SBDC’s Entrepreneurial Training Program not only resulted in a well-written business plan, but the Korducki’s also indicate, “The class taught me a lot about managing our business. It made me look at every detail of our business and how we can make better decisions. The training is invaluable for me.”
Coach House Kennel
Coach House Kennel is located on County Road Y in Antigo. Features of the kennel include in-floor heating with air exchange units and structured walls between kennels. Private rooms provide stress free boarding for older, quiet pets. Cat condos are located in a separate structure away from barking guests. In 2007, Eileen upgraded to central air and installed high end finish on the floors. A 2003 participant in the SBDC’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, Eileen attributes successful financing to the class, “The business plan did it. The banker was totally impressed. The SBDC helped with great market research.”
New Roots Coffee Roast
After attending the SBDC's Entrepreneurship Training Program, Joe Zimmerman successfully submitted his business plan receiving a start-up loan for $37,000. The loan was used to remodel a space for his business as well as to secure coffee roasting equipment. The business has been very successful. New Roots includes a website used for e-commerce and has created a newsletter educating prospective and current customers on fair trade coffee and different types of coffee to name a few.
Peaceful Pines Memorials & Family Sanctuary, Inc
Gerry and Shirley Graveen
Shirley attended the SBDC's Entrepreneurship Training Program to write a business plan for their established pet memorial park and crematorium, Peaceful Pines Memorials & Family Sanctuary, Inc. Founded in 1997, the Graveen's believe that "bereaved pet owners should be provided with a final resting place for their beloved pets" and guarantee that all pets are treated with the utmost of respect. Since taking the ETP class, the Graveen's report that revenues are rising and their marketing plan has been successful in getting the word out. A strong advocate for the ETP course, Shirley states, "The Entrepreneur Training Class was very important to our future growth and helps all who attend realize the great importance of continued education."
Alpine Home Medical LLC
"The SBDC really gave me the confidence to move forward with our business."
Express Recycling Solutions Inc.
Joseph Kozicki, Matthew Zacher, Damon Kozicki, Tim Zacher
Shred, crush, bale all describe what Express Recycling Solutions does. A family-owned business, Express Recycling began in 2004 with one Wisconsin Rapids drop-off site for non-ferrous metals. Today, the company has expanded to Stevens Point, added a paper recycling division and purchased a warehouse serving both business and residential. Their plans for further expansion led to participation in the Small Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurship Training Program. The program “provided me with an overall better understanding of the many types of businesses, models and concepts….(and) assisted me to develop skills to be better prepared as a business owner.”
Seventh Heaven Salon
Linda Baughman is an experienced salon manager who set out to fulfill a dream. She dreamed of creating an environment where employees would enjoy their work and clients could forget their cares and feel better about themselves and their world. After months of business planning and working with the Small Business Development Center, her dream was born in the start up of “Seventh Heaven Salon.” Seventh Heaven Salon is a full service family-oriented salon located in Plover, Wisconsin. Linda started with a staff of six and today employs ten. Each of her first years in business, the salon out-performed the revenue projections in her carefully crafted plan.
Trick Air LLC
Rick & Sandy Discher
Spending six years in product development and obtaining F.A.A. certifications and approvals, Trick Air is “flying high!” Trick Air LLC designs and manufactures unique wheel-through fiberglass snow skis for light aircraft selling to both the experimental and certified aircraft market. The skis are marketed in Snow Belt regions both domestically and internationally. Trick Air is owned and operated by Rick and Sandy Discher. To help with planning, the Discher’s participated in the Small Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurship Training Program. Resulting in a well thought out written business plan, Rick recaps his ETP experience, “I have been in business for 30 years and now have a much better understanding of my financial situation. I wish I would have taken this class 30 years ago!”