Kim's Animal House Receives Accounting Help From SCORE Mentor
Kim Odeen had been working with animals since 1991, first as a veterinary assistant and then as a bather and groomer, but it wasn’t until 2006 that she made the decision to strike out on her own and start a pet grooming business. A full two years of research and planning later and her dream became a reality. During those two years she developed a thorough business plan with the help of her SCORE mentor and also trained a future employee, her daughter, in the pet grooming trade.
Kim’s Animal House has grown into an all breed, full service pet grooming salon including a retail section that offers high quality holistic foods, treats and products. The salon now employs three full-time employees including Kim’s daughter, Ariel.
Kim reflects on her mentor’s influence saying, “The biggest obstacles we had were organization, bookkeeping and accounting. Jim Williams, our SCORE mentor, helped us find a great accountant that helped us get everything in order and even amended our prior year tax returns which saved us a lot of money. It has enabled me to spend more time on marketing our business and has led us to double our sales.”
Kim’s advice to anyone planning to start a business or even those already in business is to call SCORE; “I don’t think I would be doing very well without them.”