Push to continue Adams County business growth

Published: Jan. 5, 2024 at 4:42 AM CST

QUINCY (WGEM) – The Great River Economic Development Foundation says 77 new businesses opened their doors in 2023, a trend they say they want to see continue in 2024 and beyond.

One of those new businesses was Platt Daddy BBQ which opened in April 2023. Owner Jeremy Platt said getting to that point wasn’t easy.

He said they had purchased the building in 2022 and had to remodel the inside. He said construction costs went over budget, and inflation didn’t help. He said startup costs were also high with their fryer’s hood vent costing around $20,000. He said taxes as well tend to take a lot of money from them. He said he was lucky he had some friends to help him get his business started.

“My sister in law who is a finance director for Chaddock, she’s really good with numbers so she made sure I was overly prepared for when it came to that business plan,” Platt said.

He said the downtown community in general is very helpful. He said while he didn’t utilize any community resources, having resources like that available to a business like his is helpful.

With the 77 new businesses, including major ones like Target and Planet Fitness, economic officials at the Great River Economic Development Foundation want to keep the momentum going.

Madison Badgley, the Director of Business Development, said their business start up guide and concierge program have helped many new businesses navigate red tape and state and federal regulations. She said it’s also helped them create plans and know where to go to get help, such as resources and grants. She said they want to continue to find ways to support current businesses, and attract new ones.

“One of the biggest things is we’re always looking for ways to expand upon the Business Concierge program,” Badgley said. “Businesses often are dealt with new changing of employment laws or different laws coming down from the state and federal level and so we are always looking for ways to help them navigate that and continue to thrive,”

She said if they can help current businesses thrive, it makes the area a more business friendly. She said they try to make sure there are resources and help available to help businesses thrive in the area, that way future entrepreneurs know they will have assistance.

the new businesses that opened in Adams County in 2023 are the following:

8te Open

A New Creation Salon

All Puckered Up

Bard Optical

Benson Financial Group

Bin to Bin Mobile Cleaning

Bricktown Inn

CC’s Coffee Bar

CR’s Bakery

Crazy Acres Entertainment

Creative Co. Balloon Design

Enchanted Books

Extra Mile Auto Care



Funky Finds

Games N Grains

Geek E -Services

Golden Collective

Grains & Grounds Brewing Company

Greenhaus Cafe

High Caliber Custom Coatings

High Pressure Power Washing

Home Instead

Hooligans Tavern

ImmunoTek IV

Wellness Studio

Jeni’s Odd Pets

JoJo’s Grooming Pawlor

Karlie’s Bakeshop

Kick it to Kay

Lakeview Wedding Venue

Limitless Medical

Live Well Studio

Luxe Stogie Co.

Maverick’s Landing Zone Lounge & Venue

Modern Social: Media Management Co

Nichols Heating and Cooling

Organize Plus

Perk Coffee Co.

Peters Lawn Care

Planet Fitness

Platt Daddy BBQ Pryor

Homewash Plus

Q-town Kicks

Q-Town Lawncare

Revival Coffee

Rooted Yoga

Roscos Chuck Wagon

Salon Bestie

LLC Severs Orthodontics

Shake Shack

Shandi’s Coffee & Creams

LLC Shear Approval Landscaping

Shelby Job Agency

Strandz Hair Salon

Strategic Management Consulting

Sweet Lady Jane’s Bakery

T-John Lawn Service

Tannie Kakes


The Engraved Hive

The Farm Stand

The Hangout

The Q

The Rodeo

The WearHouse

Tiny Trends Baby Boutique

ToneCraft Media

Trudy’s Trendy Boutique

United Alloy


Vessel Fitness


Waylon Rhoads Jewelry

Yoga Bee

Your Mamas Food Truck

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