Ozark Mtn Flower Truck LLC
Cassie Hartman started Ozark Mtn Flower Truck LLC on July 13 and began traveling around town selling custom floral arrangements outside of businesses and events. The 1970 Volkswagen Transporter pickup with dropdown sides, stocked with fresh flowers and a wrapping paper station, makes regular appearances at C-Street City Market and Rogue Barber, as well as special events such as bridal showers. Hartman bought the vehicle for an undisclosed sum and had it updated with a large umbrella and racks for flowers that are sold by the stem for $1-$4 each. Hartman said the truck is available for events at $50 per hour with a $100 minimum. Hartman works as a nurse at Mercy Hospital Springfield, but plans to scale back to spend more time on her seasonal business – operating March through the Christmas season, and popping up again for Valentine’s Day.
Hours: By appointment; public appearances are posted online
Phone: (417) 425-2242
Masters Plumbing LLC
After selling Kendall Plumbing LLC in 2009, master plumber and gas fitter Jerry Kendall re-entered the industry June 19 with Masters Plumbing LLC. Kendall now employs two of his three grown sons. “They grew up working nights and weekends while they were in high school for the business,” he said. Because of advances in mobile technology, Kendall said he can run the new operation without a traditional office space, using three vehicles equipped to service, invoice and process payments on site – within a 50 mile radius, 24 hours per day. Masters Plumbing charges $85 an hour, plus $25 to $60 for use of sewer snake machines. Targeting the restaurant market where he previously handled nearly 100 accounts, Kendall also performs scheduled services, and Old Chicago Pizza is the first under contract. Kendall, who still had some equipment from his previous business, sold a rental property for an undisclosed sum to fund the venture and has spent about $40,000 so far. He said Kendall Plumbing went out of business in 2011.
Phone: (417) 840-3456
Sometimes Spouse Springfield
Brooks and Danielle Milioni on Aug. 1 launched Sometimes Spouse Springfield, a home repair and cleaning service franchise. Waco, Texas-based Sometimes Spouse works with about 50 franchisees, Brooks Milioni said, but this is the first outside its home state. The $21,000 franchise fee was self-funded, he said, and there is a 7 percent royalty. Organized through Lion Management Services LLC, Danielle Milioni handles the finances, and he does everything from changing light bulbs to kitchen remodeling with the help of two employees. Realtors, including Brian Jackson of Re/Max House of Brokers, account for the majority of jobs so far. “We specialize in getting houses ready to put on the market, and then we also help get homes to pass inspection,” Milioni said, adding services start at $100. Milioni, an Army veteran who served two deployments to Afghanistan, started the home-based business after being laid off as a property manager from Westward Alliance LLC.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 429-4920
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