Ice House America Owners in Emporia, Kansas Secure Start-Up Financing Through BoeFly

Jessica SarterSmall Business Lending

BoeFly connects Lyndon, Kansas husband-and-wife with local bank for a start-up loan to finance their first Ice House America location in Emporia

Steven and Shelley Zerr, a husband-and-wife owners of an Ice House America “Ice House” in Emporia, Kansas, secured a start-up loan through a connection made by BoeFly.  The Zerrs, who live in Lyndon and have 36 years of management experience combined, currently own and operate three businesses:  Rockin Z Enterprises LLC, a land purchase and residential and commercial development company; Rockin Z Enterprises, farm and ranch operators; and A to Z Handyman Service, a residential renovation and repair company.

With the start-up loan they secured through BoeFly, the Zerrs are now operating Rockin Z Ice, LLC and preparing to open their first Ice House America location. Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice vending technology, offers its owners and franchisees three bulk ice and water vending machine models. Ice House America’s vending machines are freestanding, 24/7, automated retail destinations offering water and ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand.

“As business owners, Shelley and I realized how important efficiency is in the start-up process, and when we were looking for financing for our Ice House America ice vending machine, BoeFly significantly streamlined our loan search,” Steven Zerr said. “We fortunately bypassed the inefficiency of going from bank to bank and quickly connected with a local bank through BoeFly’s convenient platform.”

The Zerrs’ loan request received interest from several lenders across the country, and after evaluating the financing options, they chose to work with Citizens State Bank in Lyndon.

“After reviewing Steven and Shelley’s loan application, I knew the deal would be a great match for Citizens State Bank,” said Kyle Devena, commercial loan officer at Citizens State Bank. “Using BoeFly to find and close this deal was extremely efficient, and we will continue to use the service to seek out other qualified borrowers.”

The Zerrs learned about BoeFly at the recommendation of Ice House America, which is among more than 125 franchise brands that have selected BoeFly to assist their franchisees with financing support.

“Ice House America’s collaboration with the BoeFly platform offers our owners and franchisees the ability to have a short start-up period, as well as easy loan status monitoring,” said Rob Streett, chief development officer at Ice House America. “In addition and most importantly, it allows for quick access to capital so owners can get their business up, running and generating income.”

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