Alpine Property Rentals, LLC - National Pike
Usually we just call The Progress Fund first. We’ve had a lot of success with The Progress Fund, and if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it. I tell everybody to call The Progress Fund.
With millions of visitors annually, the growth of the Laurel Highlands strains against a shortage of handymen, landscapers, cooks, cleaners and more. Pam and Jessica Kruse have helped to address that by renting houses to seasonal employees. When a house two doors from the gates of Nemacolin resort went up for sale, the Kruses saw an opportunity to house some of the area’s contract workers. When the workers weren’t around, it could host vacationers.
The Kruses have turned repeatedly to The Progress Fund to finance their businesses. This time, the business plan called for a mix of months-long rentals and short vacation stays. The Progress Fund did the math, and loaned $96,000.
Pam touts the opportunities of the Laurel Highlands to anyone who will listen. “Find a way to take advantage of it!” she urges. The basics of a tourism economy are things to do, food and drink, and lodging, but there’s much more. How about transporting cyclists and their gear, landscaping, or soothing sore muscles? “You think that people who are bicycling for 50 miles a day don’t want a massage?” Pam asks. The seasonal workers renting a room today may decide to be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Pam certainly hopes so. “If you are determined, and you want to find your place to be up here, it exists.”