SBA award winners: Andelcare
Marla Beck, owner of Andelcare
Marla Beck says that in 2003, she wanted a change. After spending the majority of her career working for other companies as a certified public accountant, she was ready to work for herself.
So she founded Andelcare, a company that has grown to become a premiere, woman-owned, in-home care and rehabilitation provider for the elderly, the disabled and patients recovering from surgery and hospitalization.
Beck, now the sole owner of the business that was originally co-founded with a partner, says starting a business is no easy task, but one that brings rich rewards. “You have to be very determined and persevere through hard times – it’s not going to be easy,” Beck says.
But, “It brings a lot of fullness to my life and I feel that I’m contributing to society in an honest and meaningful way. I love that I made a job for myself, that I love going to work and that I was able to create jobs for people that love going to work.”
Steady growth and successfully offering more services to more clients in need helped earn Beck the U.S Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year award for the state of Washington. She’s also a contender for the SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year award, which will be presented during the National Small Business Week in Washington D.C. on May 20-22.
A love for her work – and the company’s clients – is one reason that Andelcare has maintained an overall rating on Angie’s List. Members of Angie’s List that submitted reports on Andelcare mentioned that they liked the company’s clear upfront pricing and the ease of communication about the services, as well as Andelcare staff’s friendly and sympathetic attitudes.
Beck says those qualities are a result of the company’s commitment to a quality experience. “Seventy percent of my business is word of mouth,” Beck says. “I subscribe to [the philosophy of] keep it simple: If I’m doing the right thing for the customer and stick to my ethics, what comes around will go around”
She credits her company’s success on information she received from mentoring with a small business adviser from the Washington Small Business Development Center. “They’ve helped me create more jobs and be successful,” she says.
Since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration has used the National Small Business Week to recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The majority of businesses on Angie’s List are small businesses and, as a former small business itself, Angie’s List is happy to join with the SBA to celebrate these companies and highlight the importance they play in each of their communities.