ABERDEEN, S.D. – Emily LaBore-Heintzman didn’t take a traditional route to business success. The former cosmetologist and tanning salon operator was a stay-at-home mother when she and her husband, Steve Heintzman, started Double Duty Movers & Portable Storage.
The couple started the company from scratch in 2011 and have turned it into a business with several trucks, dozens of storage containers in the field and annual sales in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. “I was looking for something new and different to start, and portable storage was really emerging,” said Emily LaBore-Heintzman, founder and chief financial officer. “It’s been good to us.”
Kelly Weaver, regional director at the Aberdeen office of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center, has assisted the company from the start and been a trusted adviser, Emily LaBore-Heintzman said. Weaver said she has helped Double Duty with consulting services in a variety of small ways. “We’ve assisted in providing a structure for their business, creating processes, and developing strategies for growing their business,” Weaver said. “Her sales have grown every year, and her intention is to continue to grow.”
Double Duty Movers owners Emily LaBore-Heintzman and Steve Heintzman