May 2, 2018
Small Business Stories: Americus Garden Inn
In our “Small Business Stories” series, we hit the road to interview small business owners about their unique journeys. Each story provides inspiration and insights while shining a spotlight on the passionate small business owners who are so critical to our economies and our communities.
Built in 1847, the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast embodies the history of Americus, Georgia. In 2002, after nearly two years of scouring the country for bed and breakfasts to purchase, Kim and Susan Egelseer visited Americus and decided to purchase the Inn. From the moment they stepped foot in Americus, they felt the magic of the historic town and couldn’t think of a better place to start their business.
Before becoming the 13th owners of the Inn, Kim and Susan knew they wanted to purchase something they could run themselves without needing to hire employees. The Inn itself, which has records of every owner since it was built, has owners’ quarters, so they can live on the property and provide guests with the best possible service. It’s no surprise that nine out of the past 12 years, Americus Garden Inn has been named to TripAdvisor’s list of Top 25 Bed and Breakfasts in the U.S.
It’s not just about the service Kim and Susan provide, however. They rely on the town of Americus and their local supporting businesses to continue to attract people to town. Owning a small business in a small town is no easy feat. They find themselves having to set priorities and work on big-picture goals to help them manage their time, continue to take care of the home and provide outstanding service to their guests.