Veteran starts business to do what law enforcement can’t
“The disciplines I learned from the SBDC have been extremely crucial in setting my company up right and getting us to positive revenues much faster than expected.” – owner Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall, a veteran, decided to open her own private criminal and civil investigation firm as a way to use her skills and give back to her community. Sarah was referred to the SBDC for start-up assistance, with an early priority being to move out of her home office. After she leased an office in the Idaho Innovation Center, she scheduled weekly accountability meetings with an SBDC consultant where she worked on a variety of skills including time management.
Her greatest challenge was getting her name out. Since the majority of her clients are attorneys, she was counseled by the SBDC to personally introduce herself to area attorneys. This gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her value as a responsible and reliable investigator able to provide services law enforcement often doesn’t have the resources to provide, particularly in cold cases.
In a short amount of time, Sarah has grown Off The Grid Investigations to a large surveillance team working to help clients win court cases by presenting evidence her firm has discovered.
Idaho SBDC Success Story
Idaho Falls, ID