Stanberry, Mo. – Seeing a need in their local community for quality eye care, Jeff Farnan and Karri Schieber recently opened The Spec Shoppe, a family optical shop in Stanberry, Missouri.

The Spec Shoppe, is a full service optical store, offering eye exams, glasses and contacts for all ages.

“There was a need for optical service in Stanberry.  People had to drive 30 miles to get eye care, glasses, contacts, or just an adjustment,” Mrs. Schieber states, “My greatest joy is helping young children with their first pair of glasses. They are usually amazed at what they can see.”

Farnan and Schieber utilized Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation and its Facilitator, Annette Weeks, to get the word out about the optical services now offered in Stanberry. They encourage anyone thinking about starting a business to reach out and get to know their local communities.

“Get involved in the community, be it by service organizations or just coffee at the local gathering spot,” Mrs. Schieber says of running a business in a small community.

The Spec Shoppe is located at 301 N. Park in Stanberry, MO, (660) 783-2870. There will be a business celebration, hosted by Stanberry Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation, Monday February 10th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spec Shoppe. The public is invited to attend.

If you are interested in starting or retaining your own business, Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) is here to help. NWMEF is an economic development project, which serves six counties including Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth. Services are offered free and are strictly confidential. NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization. For more information about NWMEF, contact Annette Weeks, facilitator, at (816) 262-5158 or facilitator@nwmef.com. The Resource Board is comprised of more than 60 volunteer board members from each county as well as regional representation.