Pleasant Valley native Steve Hennings graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in business. Finding the job market not very hospitable, the Graceland University graduate decided to go into business for himself.|
He had worked in construction while in high school and college, so it was a natural choice to stay in that field.
"I decided to take the leap and go out on my own," he said.
His business, Mr. Pickett's Fence & Deck, at 3528 Wakonda Drive in Bettendorf, sells outdoor backyard improvements such as fences, decks, gazebos and pergolas.
Pergolas are built at the top of the deck or patio for shade. They may either provide partial shade or, with canvas, total shade.
Mr. Hennings also sells wood, chain-link and vinyl fencing to fill the needs of people who want privacy or security for pets and/or small children.
He said he hasn't had a hard time meeting or beating his competitors' prices.
"A lot of times I can beat the competition, because I don't have all the overhead they have because I'm still a small company," he said.
During the winter he is the business' sole employee, but during the busy summer months, he may have two to four employees.
So far, he has doubled his business every year, he said."So I'm growing."
For more information, call (563) 370-2399 or visit mrpicketts.com.
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