Small Business News
One for All Day Program, LLC - a "start-up" success story
Entrepreneurs utilized StartUp Jefferson City resources
Published: Monday, July 3, 2017
By: Shaun Sappenfield
Diane Loepke and Ali Abbott both had a similar vision, a vision of providing day care services for intellectually disabled adults in an enhanced environment. In January of 2015, Diane and Ali opened One For All Day Program, LLC at 3620 West Truman Boulevard and never looked back – that’s because they’ve been busy serving clients from day one. Before they pursued their dream, Diane and Ali worked alongside each other for more than ten years at Cole County Residential Services.
“After 10 years of working together at Cole County Residential Services, Ali and I decided to extend our love and experience by assisting intellectually disabled adults,” said Diane Loepke, co-owner of One For All Day Program. “We realized there was a need for adult daily care in Jefferson City, and this need fit our passion of caring for disabled adults.” In November of 2014, Diane and Ali received their licensing from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and over the next month and a half; they worked tirelessly to revamp general office space into six distinctive rooms (plus office space) for the comfort of their clients.
Three months prior to opening their doors, Diane and Ali participated in the Pitch It & Win It competition and were awarded $2,000 in startup funding based on their business plan. “We were a little shocked when our names were called because there were a lot of very good ideas,” said Ali Abbott. “The prize money greatly assisted us in the purchase of computer equipment and supplies, but we were really amazed with committee’s efforts to help counsel potential startups and their willingness to provide support as we moved forward with our business plan.”
In addition to the prize money, Diane and Ali garnered financial support from family members to secure a working capital loan. After participating in the Pitch It & Win It competition, Diane took advantage of the business counseling services offered by Chris Thompson, Business Specialist with University of Missouri – Cole County Business Development Center and attended a 10 week Small Business Academy training session. “If you know someone that is considering a small business startup, I would highly recommend contacting the Jefferson City Chamber business counseling assistance.”
As a result of hard work and dedication, Diane and Ali added an additional 1,200 square feet of support space at their current location and are now serving 23 clients, with seven more on a waiting list. “The success and continued growth of One For All Day Program is a wonderful example of the entrepreneurial spirit within our community,” said Dr. Burgess, Business Department Head for Lincoln University and StartUp JC committee member. “StartUp JC’s mission is simple - identify, connect and offer business resource support as entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of owning a business.”
To learn more about the Chamber’s Small Business resource assistance, please contact Shaun Sappenfield, Existing Business Manager at 573-638-3586 or email@example.com.