DIXON – A blood testing clinic soon will be coming to fruition after tapping into a vein of community resources.
Come April 1, phlebotomist Caroline Arnould plans to open Value Lab, a walk-in collection center at 832 N. Galena Ave. where people can have blood drawn and sent off for testing at a discounted rate.
“I’m excited to bring this to the community, and I’ve always wanted to help people so this is a great opportunity,” she said.
The 30-year-old Dixon native and first-time business owner started working with the Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College about a year ago to bring the vision to reality.
The center provides free guidance and resources to existing and aspiring business owners, and SBDC specialist Emily Zimmerman helped Arnould develop a business plan, create a website and social media presence as well as merchant services.
“They took what I wanted to do and made it possible,” Arnould said.
Zimmerman said Value Lab will be a good addition to the community and help people who forgo blood tests because they can’t afford their health insurance co-pay or deductible.
Without using insurance, people can have their doctor fill out a form for the recommended blood tests and take it to Value Lab where their blood will be drawn and sent for testing with LabCorp.
“I think people deserve quality testing at a discounted price,” Arnould said.
Zimmerman also said Arnould was the first to receive a microgrant and revolving loan from the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street, and is the perfect example of using local resources to create a business.
Arnould became a phlebotomist 5 years ago and lives in Dixon with her husband, Adam, and 7-month-old daughter Adaline.
Call 815-677-9384, go to valuelab-dixon.com or find Value Lab on Facebook for more information.
The business plans to open April 1 at 832 N. Galena Ave. and will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.