Kim Odeen has worked with animals since 1991, first as a veterinary assistant and then as a bather and groomer. 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, her dream became a reality. During those two years, Odeen 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.
To learn more about Odeen's business, visit Kim's Animal House on Facebook.
“The biggest obstacles we had were organization, bookkeeping and accounting," Odeen says. "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 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.