Focusing on one car at a time for quality service and customer satisfaction is a Ravenwood entrepreneur’s formula for launching his own business. For Ed Wiederholt, knowledge of auto repairs and years of experience in fixing vehicles became the driving force behind his entrepreneurial initiative he has named “Big Ed’s Body Shop.”

Ed brings 20 years of experience in the business, a wide variety of services, tractor restoration, sandblasting, and more to this one-stop shop.  His target is provide a convenient service and quick turnover for those living in the country or outside Maryville, especially farmers. He believes he will gain the respect and trust of his customers by giving each project full attention and quality care.

Having worked for ten years with his brother at Weider Autobody in Maryville, Ed feels that starting his own shop is the next logical step. His passion for repair and a service-oriented profession makes it a great fit for him.

Ed heard about the availability of assistance from Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) from a friend. He says that Facilitator has been helpful in getting the business organized, especially with advertising and marketing.  In planning for a successful enterprise, he understands that he should starting out small and build in ever bigger and better steps as time goes on.  “I will build a strong foundation and then use that to push towards gaining a bigger customer base.”

Ed shares these words of wisdom for others who might be planning a business venture: “Have a passion for what you do. You will have the best luck if you work for yourself. Follow your dreams. Work hard for what you want.” Ed admits that there were struggles along the way to creating this business, but has been able to leap each hurdle, which has given him an even deeper sense of satisfaction.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) will host a business celebration for Big Ed’s Body Shop in the Spring. Watch for further news about this business!

Business Location:
21457 Mahogany Road
Ravenwood, MO


Located From Highway 136, go north on E blacktop road for 4 miles to 220th St., turn left, to Mahogany Road and then take a right.