Scooter’s Coffee opens at Glen Carbon

GLEN CARBON – Scooter’s Coffee is now open on Illinois 159 in Glen Carbon.

A client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the drive-through café is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The franchise was first established in Bellevue, Nebraska, is now available locally thanks to the good taste of Robert “Bob” Semptimphelter and his wife. They moved to the Edwardsville area after 13 years in Omaha, and Semptimphelter and his business partner decided it was a good time to open a business.

“It was important for us to align ourselves with a company that shared our values,” said Stemptimphelter.

He immediately thought of a cafe his wife had always visited in Nebraska: Scooter’s Coffee.

In 2020, Semptimphelter started working on Scooter’s Coffee business plan and connected with SBDC and director Jo Ann Di Maggio May. Funding was secured and the process moved quickly.

Di Maggio May also helped find employees for the cafe. After receiving a job description, word got out.

Later, shortly after finding the perfect location, construction of the cafe began. Di Maggio May then reconnected with Semptimphelter to offer further assistance from the SBDC.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused some delays in business development, it did not impact Semptimphelter’s dream of starting the franchise.

“This being my first business venture, SBDC has helped steer me in the right direction,” he said. “We received advice on our business plan as well as our financial projections. When it was time for us to start hiring, Jo Ann gave us recommendations on hiring procedures and helped us post our vacancies locally.

Semptimphelter said he was happy to know the resources and support available to help guide them through the business start-up process.

“I remember asking a specific question regarding SBA funding, and Jo Ann was extremely helpful in getting our question answered,” he said.

Di Maggio May said Semptimphelter was eager to listen to the advice and use the resources offered.

“Her goal of opening her own cafe is coming true and I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. “I’m glad I was able to help and look forward to helping as Scooter’s Coffee grows. “

Semptimphelter thanked Walter D. Williams, EDFP, MBA, for helping to connect him with Di Maggio May at SBDC.

“Our goal is to own and operate as many Scooter units as we can handle,” said Semptimphelter. “We hope to provide our employees with the opportunity to grow within our company and create jobs for the communities in which we operate. We are excited to serve the communities in which we will operate and to deliver on our brand promise of Amazing People serving amazing drinks, blazingly fast.

The Scooter’s Coffee website at also offers an app that allows customers to earn rewards.

The Illinois SBDC for the Eastern Metropolitan Area assists start-ups and existing businesses headquartered in Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph counties . It is funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, and SIUE as an Illinois Small Business Service.

To learn more about the SBDC, call 618-650-2929.

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