In 2012, the Pikes Peak Region fell victim to the Waldo Canyon Fire which burned over 340 homes and affected numerous businesses. Carrie Mitchell, experienced first-hand exposure to the wildfire and volunteered hours of her time to help homeowners that had suffered tragic loss. During that time, she became aware of the fact that they all lacked support in documentation of their personal property when trying to complete and file insurance claims. The result was that they were denied compensation due to the lack of documentation. It became evident that an inventory system and program was not available to assist individuals. Thus, a new business idea was born.
Carrie Mitchell is now the President and Founder of TWS Home Inventory & Asset Management Group, LLC which was started in July 2012, only a month after the Waldo Canyon Fire occurred in June of 2012.
TWS is focused on providing detailed and documented inventory of the contents of a home or business. The documentation contains a physical description, photos, serial numbers and appraisals when requested.
Throughout the development of her business, Carrie continued to work with the SBDC, who provided suggestions and valuable direction with regards to all aspects of the business including valuable ideas, and assistance in dealing with numerous obstacles and growth issues. The SBDC held Carrie accountable to complete the action steps needed to grow her business and take it to the next level over the past two years.
Carrie attributes not only her success to the help from the SBDC but her experiences as a business woman for many years. Carrie’s education and working in business in a management capacity helped in bringing her vision and idea to reality.
With success there are always obstacles including software development, marketing, and operating capital. The SBDC assisted Carrie in identifying solutions to these obstacles.
With limited competition, TWS Inventory, had had high growth and is now expanding. TWS Inventory is considered a leader in the field. The detailed process that is incorporated into their service is far advanced to any other similar operation. The care and personal attention that is given to clients not only sells themselves but also their service.
Carrie’s goals are big but more within reach every day. She wants TWS Home Inventory to be the number one home inventory business in the world and wants home inventory to be required documentation for insurance. Additionally, TWS will be establishing a disaster relief fund program in various areas and will be donated a percentage of their revenue to these programs.
Carrie’s success is much to her own dedication, commitment, and business experience. But like any entrepreneur, help with direction from the SBDC proved to be invaluable. In Carrie’s words “I would highly recommend and encourage anyone in business to use the programs offered by the SBDC. They helped me with a simple growth of an idea to its current stage of being on the verge of stepping through the window of opportunity and going national”.
To get more information on TWS Home Inventory and Asset Management Management Group, LLC, visit www.twshomeinventory.com or call toll free 855-633-3897 and schedule an appointment for an overview and assessment of the service.