Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation, a regional non-profit organization that provides resources and coaching for entrepreneurs and existing small business owners, has announced the opening of a new NWMEF-sponsored enterprise, Big Ed’s Body Shop near Ravenwood.
According to an Enterprise Facilitation release, Big Ed’s owner, Ed Wiederholt, has 20 years of experience as a body repair technician and is offering a variety of services, including tractor restoration and sandblasting.
Prior to opening his own shop, Wiederholt spent 10 years as a partner at Wiederholt Auto Body in Maryville, which he operated along with brother Ron, who now heads up the collision repair program at Northwest Technical School.
Now on his own running a one-man shop, Wiederholt said his goal is to provide convenient service and quick turnover for customers across the area, especially farmers, with an emphasis on quality and individualized service.
He said he heard about Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation from a friend, and that the organization provided assistance in getting the new business organized, especially with regard to advertising and marketing.
Though the business is brand new, Wiederholt is already anticipating opportunities for growth.
“I will build a strong foundation, and then use that to push towards gaining a bigger customer base,” he said.
As for taking the plunge into self-employment, Wiederholt said the key is doing something you enjoy.
“Have a passion for what you do,” he said. “You will have the best luck if you work for yourself. Follow your dreams. Work hard for what you want.”
Big Ed’s Body Shop is located at 21457 Mahogany Road. To reach the business from Highway 136, turn north on Route E west of Ravenwood and continue four miles to 220th Street. Turn left on 220th and then right on Mahogany.
The release stated that Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation plans to host a grand-opening event at the body shop this spring
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