The Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors paid visits to three businesses Wednesday - to two new businesses and to a new business owner.
The Ambassadors visited Annie Tendal at Designs by Annie Cupcakes and Cakery and Trish and Steve Iverson who have started a new business that we covered earlier in the Daily News - Bed Bugs Uncovered.
Tendal, whose unbridled ambition also includes running a hair salon, offered the Ambassadors a very tasty sample of her wares. If everything else she makes is nearly that good, she should be in business for a long time to come.
Trish has four German shepherds that she uses to detect bed bugs in residences and commercial buildings. Apparently, bed bugs have become more of a problem over the past few years. What Iverson does is use dogs to detect bed bugs and then offers referral to companies that can eradicate them.
The Ambassadors also visited Mark Howell, new owner of Anytime Fitness at 2508 Central Ave. Anytime Fitness offers an impressive array of free weights and stationary exercise machines that would be practically impossible to replicate in a home gym - unless you had your own gymnasium, of course.
These businesses are certain evidence that new business growth is going to come from homegrown business - enterprises that start locally.
And that's a great idea. Local residents are able to see what's needed and meet customer demand.
And isn't that what the customer really wants?