Back in 2011, Small Business Development Center client, Dr. Danielle N. Rastetter, DVM, established Miami Valley’s only stationary, high-quality, spay and neuter clinic. A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Rastetter has devoted her life to merge compassion and owner education into a proactive lifestyle. Before starting off on her own, she spent more than 12 years working in private veterinary practices, five of which included helping at a non-profit shelter. During that time, Dr. Rastetter noticed an economic and financial niche in pet ownership – namely those could not quite afford the high-cost of private veterinary care, but did not quality for financial need. As a result, Rastetter works with area shelters, often getting referrals from them for pet owners who don’t qualify for need-based assistance as well a client referrals.
“I felt the community still had a population of people that didn’t’ qualify for the need-based assistance but still needed help,” she said. Her vision, Rastetter said, is to “reduce unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable” pets.
Another challenge to her growing small business is the challenges from other, traditional veterinary practices, which often imply she might offer a lower standard of care. However, she counters their negativity with patient’s positive-care online reviews – both on her own website, Google+ reviews, Yelp.com, and even on YellowPages.com. Pets In Stitches offer safe and affordable spaying and neutering for dogs of all ages and sizes, as well as the unique free-roaming cat program Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program. She also offers vaccines, heartworm and micro-chipping under the umbrella of spay-neuter, but she refers clients to traditional clinics for booster shots or any other services.
Ultimately, “we’re trying to make this affordable for the community and encourage full-service relationships,” she says.
Information provided by DVM360 Magazine. For more information, or general inquiries, call Pets In Stitches at (937) 630-3320, or online at Petsinstitches.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.
Ready for the next Starbucks? But this time with a little bit of kick? Sinclair Community College professor, Juanita Darden-Jones, is finally making her two-year dream come true. Collaborating with local business leaders, CityWide Development Corp., and the SBDC at The Entrepreneur Center, Darden-Jones is finally opening Dayton’s first coffeehouse and wine bar later this year in June. Excited from the new business challenges, she has prepared herself by researching and collaborating with other local coffee houses, getting licensing at a bartending school, while studying the nuances of being a barista.
Working with her own savings, and with additional funding help from CityWide, Darden-Jones plans to add to her store’s equipment with renovations on the corner shop at 46 West Fifth St., in Downtown Dayton. Darden-Jones picked up the 1,500 square-foot location because she wanted a nice, convenient coffee and eatery location for students and staff at Sinclair College. Additionally, the west-Fifth Street location is strategically located near the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Dayton Convention Center, for early morning coffee stops. But for those who want a late night cap, Third Perk will offer customized coffee, cocktails and wine for the downtown urbanite. An additional selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods will round out the menu. For more details, see Dayton’s BizJournal.
Third Perk will open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, or general inquiries, call Third Perk at (937) 777-7375. For information about small business lending, click here. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.
Dayton’s Edaptive Computing Inc. (ECI) is on a hot-streak. This past September, the software development company won their third consecutive contract bid with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. If all options are used, the contract’s value could be up to $25 million dollars and will work to improve the Department of Defense’s commercial-off-the-shelf systems for seven years.
Husband and wife owner, Praveen and Anju Chawla, first came to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business in 2011 to figure out a solid business and government bidding plan. As part of a Department of Defense Mentor Protégé program the SBDC helped ECI work with the Air Force.
Then in June, ECI first gained national attention by winning a $4 million Wright-Patterson Air Force Base contract with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The bid will oversee a range of bio-medical technologies, medical services, surveillance and sensor systems by means of modeling for predictive analytical projects. One month later, they won another $20 million contract bid with Wright-Patterson, to help the Air Force’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Program operations to boost hardware and software security.
The couple plan to remain at their Centerville headquarters and add 10 more employees to their 60-person-staff, in lieu of expansion.
Founded in 1997, Edaptive Computing prides itself of its Level 4 CMMI Maturity Software Development Process certification, along with high quality performance, efficiency and technical innovation. With over 20 years of innovative research experience, the founder, Dr. Praveen Chawla, serves as current C.E.O. and Chief Technical Officer. Stemming from over 15 years of business development and management, Anju Chawla currently serves as both co-owner, and Chief Operating Officer for ECI’s day-to-day operations.
For more information, or general inquiries, call Edaptive Computing, Inc. at (937) 433-0477, or online at www.Edaptive.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.
Who says you can’t reinvent yourself?
Talk to Ellen Bailey, President of Asset Business Computing, and one of the growing number of female-owned business enterprises in the Ohio region. Not too long ago, Ellen’s focus was on Computer Zoo, a retail store specializing in repairing computers for DIY’ers, business, and residential clients. In fact, Computer Zoo had been in IT services since 1998. However, quietly over the years, she realized a shift in consumer purchasing habits from desktops to lighter laptops and tablets. As higher overhead costs for brick-and-mortar storefronts struggled to give fair wages and pay taxes, low-cost online stores such as Amazon and Newegg were undercutting prices to steal marketplace customers, making it difficult for Computer Zoo to maintain profitability.
After some careful cost-analysis, and with resource help from the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, Ellen realized two-thirds of her clients came in for small business IT service and repairs. So, changes were made. By minimizing the retail store, and focusing as a specialty service provider, Asset Business Computing was born. Ellen is reinventing the game by evolving a successful business turn-around, and splitting it into a personalized IT service provider—complete with custom clientele servers and workstations, network consulting, and cyber security and disaster response.
Ellen and her staff have been serving small businesses in the Dayton area for more than 15 years. As President for both Computer Zoo and Asset Business Computing, she also serves as one of the coordinators for the Oakwood Koffee Talks, which is an affiliate networking group with the Women in Business Networking organization, where women meet, mingle, and discuss business-related topics in a comfortable environment.
For more information, or general inquiries, call Asset Business Computing at (937) 435-5466 or online at www.assetbusinesscomputing.com. For more information about the Small Business Development Center at Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business, or the Boots to Business program, call 937-775-3503 or visit www.sbdcwsu.com.
A few years ago, H.G. Bombardi and his partner invented a device for the airline industry. Their device, the BoomAir Hose Management System, is used in conjunction with ground support equipment to deliver conditioned air to aircraft at the gate. This system saves a considerable amount of time and money by increasing efficiency.
BoomAirLLC came to our offices in the early stages of development. With a little guidance this small business began to market their product in the United States domestic market. BoomAirLLC was able to make a sizable sale of the BoomAir Hose Management System to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. According to Mr. Bombardi, this was a direct result of the assistance provided by our SBDC and ITAC offices. Since then the BoomAir Hose Management System has been ordered for use in many airports spread all across the US.
When the company decided to explore the international marketplace, they sought advice from Kathy Marshalek, ITAC Director at Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business, and the ITAC interns. ITAC provided BoomAirLLC with advice on export sales, international market research, and acquiring the rules and standards of municipality operations. BoomAirLLC has since sold their product in Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, and Japan. We are very proud of BoomAirLLC’s success and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.
We have featured Ask Amy Staging LLC as one of our clients on the move in recent months, and we are proud to announce this small business is getting even more local recognition. Women in Business Networking recently released its annual list of 25 Women to Watch which includes Ask Amy Staging’s very own Amy Zumberger! The following is Kathy Druffner’s nomination write up about Amy.
Amy Zumberger and Ask Amy Staging LLC is an Accrediated Staging Professional (ASP®) now serving the Miami Valley area. Amy Zumberger is among the network of more than 21,000 Real Estate Agents and professional Home Stagers worldwide, who are providing sellers with the knowledge and tools needed to sell their homes faster and/or for more money. Amy Zumberger has completed the Accredited Staging Professional Course provided by StagedHomes.com, where she received hands-on instruction and was required to demonstrate techniques by staging a home that was listed on the market.
It has been an amazing inspiration for me and many others to watch her progress over the last few years. She’s been building a business that’s dynamic and flexible. She is always professional, always upbeat, and extremely creative. I’ve experienced first-hand the delighted surprise of clients who return to their homes to find their spaces transformed after Amy and her crew have staged the home.
She is a devoted wife and mother and carries this over into her business. She cares for clients as if they were family. She is always conscious of the struggles, especially for Seniors, when letting go of a dearly loved home and sentimental possessions. She handles these relationships with tact, firmness, and a sense of humor.
Amy has been a member of WiBN since 2011 and was honored as Ambassador of the Year in 2013. She has served on both the Gala and Conference committee for the past several years.
Amy Zumberger is an excellent candidate for the 2014 Women to Watch. Many of us have been watching for quite a while!