Hard work grows a business

hard work grows a business

Dexter Pfeifer, owner of Pfeifer Landscaping, has demonstrated how hard work can grow a business. He created the business because of his love of landscaping and desire to own something of his own. What started as a passion has developed into a full-fledged landscaping business with a complete list of services including, but not limited to installing and repairing sprinkler systems, lawn maintenance, and landscape design. During the colder months, the business even offers snow removal services.

The business is located in Colby, Kansas, but has expanded to serve much of Northwest Kansas. Mr. Pfeifer reflects, “The greatest challenge was getting started.” His Kansas SBDC consultant sat down with him and went through the business plan and loan process step-by-step. “It taught me a lot about business and marketing I did not know before. It helped me look at the business at a different angle,” explained the owner.

Mr. Pfeifer is constantly surprised by the demand for services. One of his biggest successes has been the positive response to the business’ quality work. Even as the business grows, Dexter is planning for future expansion. His advice for budding entrepreneurs, “Make sure your heart is in it. Make sure this is something you want to put 80-100 hours a week into and still wake up with a smile on your face, ready to go to work.”


“Working hard. When it comes down to the business you don’t have any days off. you learn from your mistakes and get better the next day.”

Owner: Dexter Pfeifer

Nature of Business: Landscaping Service

City, County: Colby, KS

Phone/E-mail: (785) 462-0134  /  pfeiferlandscaping@gmail.com

Structure: Sole Proprietorship:

Began: 2012

Employees: 3 full-time, 3 part-time

KSBDC Consultant: Megan Horinek

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KSBDC to recognize 16 successful Kansas small businesses [press release]

02/20/14 lar statewide

HAYS, Kan. — The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) statewide network has announced the 2014 Existing and Emerging Businesses of the Year. Each of the eight KSBDC regional centers has selected one emerging and one existing business for the award.

In total, 16 successful Kansas small businesses will be recognized at a ceremony in Topeka on Tuesday, March 11. The businesses were selected from more than 2,458 businesses that received KSBDC services in 2013.

“The selected businesses were given careful consideration by our KSBDC regional directors and consultants,” said Greg Panichello, state director. “Collectively, the KSBDC team feels these 16 small businesses are excellent examples of small business adaptation and success in challenging times.”

Award recipients will be recognized by the Kansas House and Kansas Senate. A resolution and moment of personal privilege recognizing the business owners will be presented by Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Rep. Don Hill, R-Emporia. Both are KSBDC Advisory Board members.

Businesses are listed with the owners and location. Links are provided to their success stories.

Existing Businesses of the Year

Studio 54; Scott and Susan Reinecke; Greensburg.

Sander Furniture and Gifts; Bradley and Kim Sander; Norton.

6th Street Fashions & Footwear; Shari Haug; Concordia and Belleville.

Condray & Young Landscape and Professional Groundskeeping; Kelly Condray, Matt Young and Michael Young; Topeka.

Great Plains Quilt Company; Kathy and Larry Smith; Burlingame.

Sunlite Science & Technology; Jeff Chen; Lawrence.

Hooked on Ornaments; Nicki Pierce; Olathe.

Independence Pharmacy; Terry Scott and Bonnie Tucker; Independence.

Emerging Businesses of the Year

Wasinger Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC; Dr. Blake Wasinger; Garden City.

Cardinal Pharmacy LLC; Richard Bieber, and Marla and Gene Mooney; Hoisington.

After Hours Auto Repair Inc.; Mark and Summer Guerrero; Wichita.

Keltic Star Public House; Perry, Shirley and Darren McCall; Manhattan.

Fulton Valley Farms LLC; David and Betty Corbin; Towanda.

Grip EQ; Justin Atwater-Taylor; Lawrence.

notes to self llc; Laura Schmidt; Prairie Village.

Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli; Mitch and Sharon Bolling and Cara Bolling Thomas; Iola and Moran.

About the Kansas Small Business Development Center

The KSBDC network provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups, and pre-venture entrepreneurs with no-cost business consulting and resources for every stage of the business life cycle.

The KSBDC network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce. The network receives funding from and partners with higher education and economic development organizations. The KSBDC is nationally accredited through the Association of Small Business Development Centers. The statewide host for KSBDC is Fort Hays State University.

For more information on the KSBDC Network, visit ksbdc.kansas.gov or call 877-625-7232.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Roberts at 785-296-6514 or lsroberts@ksbdc.net


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