Dale and Deb Simmons’ entrepreneurial adventure began in 1999 when they purchased Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning in 1999. Then in 2006, a long-time Beatrice business, the Mr. Sweeper Store, was closing its doors.
The Simmons saw an opportunity to expand their already successful carpet cleaning business, and they jumped on it. Deb and Dale purchased the business and also bought some of the store’s equipment and inventory. They set about reopening as the S & S Sweeper Store in a new Beatrice location.
That's when they turned to the Center for Rural Affairs for help. They received a REAP Rapid Loan for start-up costs, and worked with me, their area Business Specialist, on the business plan and pro forma financials. They reopened as the S & S Sweeper Store in a new Beatrice location in February 2007.
Initially, the new store only carried a couple of vacuum lines. But the couple kept thinking bigger. In 2008, Deb applied for and was awarded a REAP WBC Boost Award. She used the grant money to purchase an additional line of vacuums. The next year, REAP was on hand again with a loan to help expand inventory to more product lines. The store also carries a wide range of belts, filters, bags, and repair items for just about any machine you might own as well!
In 2009, S&S Sweeper Store and the Simmons were chosen by the Center for Rural Affairs as REAP Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Deb and Dale never abandoned their Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning business. As was their custom, they took that business bigger too. In 2012, they became the owners of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning Master Franchise for the state of Nebraska.
From carpet to tile, grout, and wood floor care to vacuum sales and repairs, the Simmons have it covered! They also do water restoration. The Heaven's Best franchise continues to evolve with additional services for homes and businesses. REAP continues to provide support and mentoring as they grow.
In addition to being strong REAP supporters, Dale and Deb are members of the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce and Main Street. Dale serves as a Main Street board member. When not busy running the business, they enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren who reside in Beatrice. You can bet spills are no worry in the Simmons' household!
Deb & Dale Simmons, S & S Sweeper Store
508 Court St # 2, Beatrice, NE 68310
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