Mint Delta Care: Serving Where Needed
June 15th, 2016 by Martha Londagin
“I knew even in dental school that when I opened my dental practice I wanted to be where I was needed and could be part of the community,” says Dr. Trent McCord, owner of Mint Dental Care in Centerton.
“My wife and I wanted to be part of a small town like Siloam Springs where I grew up, and so after our market research showed the need in Centerton and its projected growth, we had lunch with the mayor and made the decision to come make this our business home,” said McCord.
He opened Mint in April but started working on the idea with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center back in 2014. McCord first connected with Larry Brian, the former ASBTDC center director who retired in 2015.
“Larry helped me with the entire startup process, from helping me understand all the financing options for my loan since he had years of experience as a banker, to getting me market research and demographics on all the towns I was considering starting in at the beginning. He also connected me to Martha Londagin at the center who helped us with marketing decisions about what name to choose, what social media outlets to concentrate on, website design ideas, and general traditional marketing options as well,” said McCord.
“They really helped me see that I could do this – ‘people do it all the time’ – and I would be fine.”
McCord said his biggest challenge while preparing to open was fear of the unknown. “Simply the fact that starting out I was a dentist but wasn’t yet a business man, so the biggest challenge for me was the fear of the unknown: How will this work? Will patients come? Will we make it?”
He happily reports, “Yes, patients are coming! We have been very, very busy in our opening weeks. People are constantly thanking us for being here in Centerton so they don’t have to drive so far and can get care in their home town.”
The airy, modern office is located at 1230 E. Centerton Blvd. in Centerton and is open every weekday except Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The waiting area has a coffee bar and a cold drink station for all patients as well as a bank of vending machines full of free prizes to reward the smallest clients. Learn more online at mintdentalar.com or find Mint Dental Care on Facebook.