After hearing the haunting history behind Red Rock Elementary School in Ulysses, KS, Tammy Reese had an entertainment idea that the community would love. Her vision was a year-round, haunted entertainment destination, The Red Rock Experience & Venue, that would bring sustainable business to the area.
To make this happen, she came to the Kansas Small Business Development Center with a goal to revise her business plan in order to apply for a $25,000 Business Revitalization Plan Grant from Grant County. Unfortunately, Reese did not receive the grant money she was hoping for. Despite that loss, the work and effort of both Reese and the Kansas SBDC inevitably paid off in the long run, as The Red Rock Experience & Venue brought together the community in more than just the typical manner.
Although she did not achieve the original goal she had in mind when she set out to work with the Kansas SBDC, Reese appreciates the knowledge and skills acquired through her experience in working with her advisors.
“[The Kansas SBDC] was very open-minded, supportive, and always there for us just a phone call away,” says Reese. “We have also called upon Maria several times to look over brochures and ask her for marketing ideas. She has always been very upbeat and helpful to us. I have really enjoyed working with her a lot!”
Kansas SBDC advisor Maria Dennison felt very much the same way about her partnership with Reese.
“There was a great collaboration between both parties,” said Dennison. “[Tammy] is an incredibly driven individual and accomplishes what she puts her mind to. This was a partnership that provided support in the necessary areas and she was quick to respond and motivated to make a difference!”