Adrienne Sweeney, owner of the Driftwood Inn in Homer, Alaska first visited the Alaska Small Business Development Center in 2003. She and her husband had recently purchased an Inn and RV Park and she was looking for assistance on implementing her business plan in order to become profitable early on. Eleven years later, Sweeney is still a regular client, meeting with Business Advisor Bryan Zak as her business expands. Together, Sweeney and Zak worked on the business plan and financial projections that enabled Sweeney to expand her business into multiple locations and add AJ’s Steakhouse, a popular Old Town restaurant located across the street from the Driftwood Inn. Adrienne and her husband, Alex Sweeney, also attended the Profit Mastery Workshop which bolstered their knowledge on the fiscal side of owning a business.
“We were thinking of expanding and wanted to make sure our financials were in order,” Adrienne said. “The workshop was just what we needed in order to fully understand and communicate our business plans with our long-time First National bankers.”
Adrienne Sweeney also successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative at Babson College, which recognized her as an important job creator for our local economy.
The Sweeneys have grown their business from four employees in 2003 to over twenty employees in the 2014 summer season and quadrupled gross sales numbers. Return guests often comment on the continued improvements of the Inn whose building dates back over 80 years.
The Driftwood Inn is a charming, historic option for those looking to visit the Homer area. One look at their tripadvisor account shows that the customer service and friendly staff make Driftwood Inn a premier lodging choice with accommodations to fit every traveler’s needs and budgets.
“We love the quality of life and never get tired of waking up to the beautiful Kachemak Bay sunrises, walking on Bishop’s Beach or having our breath taken away when we come over Homer Hill” said Adrienne, “Some people think Homer residents take the beauty for granted. But the truth is we’re so proud of it”.
To learn more about the Inn and book your stay, you can visit their website, www.thedriftwoodinn.com.