Not having a physical office front can present its challenges for a business owner.
With Kenney Bessey traveling around Butler County and beyond with his business, Bessey All Purpose Floor Installation, he said that it doesn’t really make sense for him to have a landlocked location. That’s why all of his work equipment gets put into his trailer – his makeshift office space – and is lugged to wherever his next job takes him.
Although he’s been operating out of David City for the better part of nine years, he just recently became a member of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce.
“I wanted to see if I could put the business out there just a little more, it seems to help,” he said of businesses joining the local chamber organization.
Chamber Executive Director Kelcie Keeling said that she wanted to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bessey’s business in an effort to do the same: Promote local businesses working hard in Butler County.
“We want to recognize all businesses that are new to the chamber, or have recently joined the chamber,” Keeling said. “And whether you have a storefront, or if you don’t, we will help your business thrive and grow, and give you the publicity to help get your name out there.”
Bessey, a Sterling native, said that before heading to David City he lived and worked in Schuyler doing construction for 12 years. Having some previous experience with working with flooring back in his high school days, he ultimately decided to jump-start his own operation.
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“I do laminate, a lot of commercial and residential carpet, I do pretty much everything laminate, vinyl, hardwood and tile,” Bessey said of the services he provides.
Clients, he noted, are tasked with providing the supplies of their choice, and then he handles all of the installation work, from A-Z.
“Just good quality,” Bessey said of what the people he does work for can expect.
Generally, Bessey said that he serves people in about a 60-mile radius of David City, although he added that he may be willing to travel farther, depending on the job.
Being recognized by the chamber was really nice, he said, adding that he looks forward to serving his community moving forward.
“I love doing business here,” he said of David City and Butler County at large. “Just really nice folks. I mean, there are nice folks everywhere, but you run into a lot of them here.”
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.