Small Business Success Stories

Small Business Development Center Client Ribbon Cutting Events

New Ulm’s Own

Cutting the ribbon at the opening of New Ulm’s Own, a nonprofit fair-trade store featuring coffee, chocolate, handcrafted items from around the world and artwork created by local artisans.

Complete Relocation

Jolene Field O’Hare and Sandy Donnay love helping people. Their business, Complete Relocation, helps seniors manage moves — including downsizing, packing/unpacking and new home set-up. They understand that the process of moving a home full of memories can be overwhelming, and their services minimize stress by managing all the details of a move. They offer a free one-hour in-home visit and estimate to get started.

Based out of New Ulm, Complete Relocation also serves surrounding communities. They are members of NASMM, National Association of Senior Move Managers.

The SBDC worked with Jolene and Sandy to plan for expansion, including marketing, business planning and financial analysis for future growth potential.

GO! Therapy

Speech pathologists Jenny Kortuem Freier and Brenna Hoisington, and occupational therapist Samantha Olsen, officially started their business GO! Therapy on March 15, 2017.

GO! Therapy is a new outpatient clinic in Saint Peter. The clinic provides speech and occupational therapy services in a natural environment, focusing on functional skills. It serves adults and children with a variety of disabilities, diseases and conditions.

The GO! Therapy philosophy is to empower people with disabilities by paying attention to the physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional and social skills of each individual and building upon those skills.

“We were blown away by the support offered by the SBDC in launching GO! Therapy. Marketing is hands down one of the most important pieces to the puzzle in helping small businesses success. Our SBDC consultant provided her digital marketing knowledge and expertise, which helped make GO! Therapy easily accessible and visible online. We are very grateful for the help and support,” says Brenna.

Heat Blowdry Bar and Wax Studio

Friendly, fashionable and forward-thinking. Mary Kaus, Nicole Panko and Sally Weness want to be all these things for their customers. The three opened Heat Blowdry Bar and Wax Studio in June, 2016 to give their customers a positive experience while being treated to hair styling with spark.

Heat is a hybrid salon that specializes in blowouts and waxing, but also offers traditional salon services such as cuts, colors, men’s cuts, bridal and perms. Blowdry bars are widely popular in most major cities, but the concept is new to Mankato. The interior of the salon is elegant and modern, complete with Cambria countertops and herringbone floors — a unique, comfortable place to be pampered.

Business consultant Wendy Anderson guided the owners through types of loans, gap funding, developing a business plan and cash flow projections for their lender, Wells Federal Bank.

“Without her support,” says the group, “we would have been like lost puppies. She was a guiding force in creating Heat.”