LEAD, S.D. – Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel admits that she’s a dreamer. She also wants to be an inspiration for Lead, a former mining town of about 3,000 residents. Judging by the growing business at her relocated and expanded coffee shop and restaurant, she’s succeeding.
Dona Leavens, Regional Director for the Rapid City SBDC, worked with Gilcrease-Heupel on financial projections to help her acquire needed financing to grow and expand the business. Leavens also helped connect Gilcrease-Heupel with other business-development experts in the area.
Gilcrease-Heupel appreciates the help she got from Leavens to get started. “I told her my dreams, and she helped me put my dreams on paper and in financials,” Gilcrease-Heupel said. “I’m a dreamer. I’m not great at explaining numbers to the bank. She helped me bridge that gap.”
Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, owner Lotus Up Espresso & Deli
Lotus Up Espresso & Deli, Lead, SD