2006 Existing Business of the Year: Flint Hills RV
In 2003, Ted and Debbie Kimble took the opportunity of a lifetime and began the process of buying their own business. On January 1, 2004, Augusta RV became Flint Hills RV. The business was well-established and Ted had been friends with the owners, working for them one summer during high school. Due to the previous owners' plans to retire, Ted and Debbie were offered a chance to purchase the business.
When Ted contacted the Emporia State University KSBDC in 2003, he was the Director of Development at the Emporia State University Foundation, and Debbie was the Administrative Assistant at Kimble Investment Strategies. Ted felt that he and Debbie were being presented a chance to do something with great potential that would align with their own interests. The KSBDC helped them get familiar with the facts in order to make a prudent decision as well as determining how to structure the purchase and cash flow planning.
Ted and Debbie have made a number of changes, including separation of the parts and service departments, and changes and additions to personnel. They have increased their ability to prepare and deliver new units as well as serving other customer needs. Additionally, marketing and advertising efforts have been revitalized, including a total revamping of their website in order to make it more customer-friendly and informative. They also give credit to their employees for helping them to improve the business on a daily basis. Since Ted and Debbie have taken over, they have increased their employees and positioned the company for long-term growth. Congratulations to Ted and Debbie for taking the chance and becoming successful small business owners!