Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Small Business Success Story - Alpine Made

Each year the New York Small Business Development Center recognizes outstanding small businesses in a variety of ways.  This Success Story from the  Buffalo SBDC appears in our 2016 Annual Report

Kerry Beiter 
Alpine Made
Buffalo SBDC

Bieter & Sons’ Farm LLC is a certified organic goat dairy farm and Ms. Kerry Bieter is the sole owner of the business. In 2012, Kerry founded Alpine Made LLC, a soap and skin care company, through which she sells goat milk soaps and skin care products at farmers markets in Western New York, wholesale to local retailers, and nationally through a website. Bieter & Sons’ farm uses sustainable and organic farming practices to raise alpine dairy goats. The business is certified organic through the northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. The farm is located in the town of Wales in an agricultural district 30 minutes south of Buffalo.

Kerry began working with Buffalo SBDC Advisor Andrea Lizak in 2011 when she was in the planning stages of opening her business. Alpine Made opened a year later in 2012 and since then Kerry has continued to work with the center. Andrea has assisted Kerry with many facets of her business including start-up procedures and the development of her business and funding proposals. With Andrea’s assistance the company has made tremendous progress. Armed with a well-prepared plan, Kerry secured funding from various sources, which has enabled Alpine Made to expand in multiple directions. One major development was to move the business to a much larger facility. Most recently, Kerry landed a contract with one of the largest and most distinguished grocery retailers in the United States - Wegmans. The SBDC continues to help Alpine Made succeed as one of New York’s exceptional small businesses. 

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