Scooter’s Coffee opens in Glen Carbon

Scooter’s Coffee opens in Glen Carbon

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GLEN CARBON — Scooter’s Coffee is now open on Illinois 159 in Glen Carbon.

A client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the drive-thru coffeehouse is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week.

The franchise was first established in Bellevue, Nebraska, is now available locally thanks to the good taste of Robert “Bob” Semptimphelter and his wife. They relocated to the Edwardsville area after 13 years in Omaha, and Semptimphelter and his business partner decided it was the right time to open a business.


“It was important for us to align ourselves with a company that shared our values,” Stemptimphelter said.

He ob immediately thought about a coffee shop his wife always had visited in Nebraska: Scooter’s Coffee.

In 2020, Semptimphelter began working on the Scooter’s Coffee business plan and connected with the SBDC and Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May. Financing was secured and the process advanced quickly.

Di Maggio May also assisted with finding employees to staff the coffee shop. After receiving a job description, the word was out.

Later, not long after finding the perfect location, building began for the coffeehouse. Di Maggio May then reconnected with Semptimphelter to offer additional assistance from the SBDC.

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused a few delays in business development, it did not impact Semptimphelter’s dream of starting the franchise.

“This being my first business venture, the SBDC helped point me in the right direction,” he said. “We received guidance on our business plan as well as our financial projections. When it was time for us to start hiring, Jo Ann gave us recommendations on hiring procedures, and helped us get our job postings out locally.”

Semptimphelter said he was glad to know the resources and support available to him to help guide them during the business startup process.

“I can remember asking a specific question regarding SBA financing, and Jo Ann was extremely helpful in getting our question answered,” he said.

Di Maggio May said Semptimphelter was eager to listen to advice and use the resources offered.

“His goal of opening his own coffee shop is coming true and I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. “I am happy to have been able to help and look forward to assisting along the way as Scooter’s Coffee grows.”

Semptimphelter thanked Walter D. Williams, EDFP, MBA, for helping connect him with Di Maggio May at the SBDC.

“Our goal is to own and operate as many Scooter’s units as we can handle,” said Semptimphelter. “We hope to provide a path for our employees to grow within our business, and create jobs for the communities in which we operate. We are excited to serve the communities that we will operate in and stick to our brand promise of Amazing People serving Amazing Drinks, Amazingly Fast.”

The Scooter’s Coffee website at scooterscoffee.com also has an app that allows guests to earn rewards.

The Illinois SBDC for the Metro East assists start-up ventures and existing businesses headquartered in the Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph counties. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and SIUE as a service to Illinois small businesses.

To learn about the SBDC, call 618- 650-2929.

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