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Pet Hotel Revitalizes Local Downtown

Situation

  • To U.S. Navy veteran Angie Beck, pets are family and should be treated with care. With three dogs, she often wished for an alternative to kenneling her pets while traveling and came up with the idea for Belpre-based small business, Boxers Bed and Biscuits.

 

  • When she proposed her idea to bankers, she was turned down again and again. She started her business, buying a small house that she converted into a business without a loan in 2011, but quickly found that she needed more capital.

 

SBA Resources

  • Frustrated, she turned to an SBA-funded business resource, Ohio University’s Small Business Development Center. Business counselors helped Angie develop a financial package, which included a business plan and budget projections for her business.

 

  • In 2017, Angie was able to secure an SBA-guaranteed loan through Huntington Bank to expand her business. In May 2018, she moved Boxers Bed and Biscuits to a large facility in downtown Belpre after renovating a large facility that had been vacant for 11 years.

Impact

  • With the help of SBA-guaranteed funding and counseling, Angie expanded her business from one employee to 54, including caregivers, groomers, managers, marketing specialists, veterinary technicians and a veterinarian.

 

  • The newly revitalized building that Boxers Bed and Biscuits is housed in sees an average of 100 dogs a day for daycare, 100 to 150 dogs and cats a day for boarding and has expanded to offer training and grooming services.

 

  • “The Belpre community believed in my dream and gave me the support I needed to make my business a reality,” Angie said. “So many people and banks want to overlook rural areas like Belpre, but small towns and businesses can truly drive economic development and thrive if given a chance.”
Company Name: 
Boxers Bed and Biscuits
Location: 
Belpre, Ohio