Through word of mouth, business is booming for Sally Hilderbrant, as she started Sal’s Dog Grooming from her rural home, southeast of Arnold. When money was needed to build a new facility, she turned to the Arnold Economic Development Corporation for a business loan. “It was very important that the LB840 funds were available through the AEDC. It jump-started my business,” said Sally.
Sally established her business in 2007, providing grooming and boarding services for dogs and cats. Her customer base currently covers a 60-mile radius, with Sally being the lone employee.
The AEDC business loan enabled Sally to start construction on the facility that provides not only services, but products as well.
“There are always new products coming up. I try to stay on top of new and better products to help my clients,” said Sally.
With her successful business going strong, Sally said she would recommend an AEDC loan to other local businesses.
The AEDC and 1 percent sales tax have helped a lot of businesses in this town,” she said. “Without them, I would not have my nice ‘dog house,’ and some improvements downtown would not have happened. We would not have a leather repair shop or gun smith shop without the 1 percent sales tax. Where do I stop? They have helped out a lot.