Top Dog Snack Bar & Gift Shop

Top Dog Snack Bar & Gifts opened for business in October 2010. Owners Lisa and Brian Lewis contacted the Workforce and Illinois Small Business Development Center (WISBDC) at Southeastern Illinois College to help them develop a business plan to present to their bank. Lori Cox, Director of the WISBDC, worked with Lisa and Brian to guide them in learning how to set up a business and the necessary paperwork involved with the project. Top Dog offers submarine sandwiches, pizza, kids meals, and nachos to name a few items with the top seller being the foot long hot dogs. They also carry hand dipped ice cream, gourmet chocolates, and fresh baked cookies. Originally, Top Dog was run by Lisa only. She was handling everything involved with the business, cooking, taking orders from the customers and managing the accounting records. The business was doing well and while Lisa is still very hands-on, in October 2011, she hired two part-time employees. A counselor with the WISBDC, has also worked with Lisa, improving her record keeping skills by helping her to set up QuickBooks, as well as all necessary paperwork to register her business, providing employee right-to-know information, and payroll requirements. Lisa and her husband are very appreciative of the help they received from the WISBDC stating that “if it hadn’t been for the business plan direction received from the Workforce and Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Illinois College, we would not have been able to make our dream a reality.” Top Dog Snack Bar & Gifts is located in Rosiclare, Illinois at the corner of Main and Spring Streets. Their hours are 10 AM – 8 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and on Wednesday they are open from 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Lisa and Brian welcome everyone to their shop! The Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center is designed to assist owners and managers of small businesses or anyone wanting to start a business. Many of the services of the Center are available at no charge. Call (618) 252-5001 to learn about upcoming events and training opportunities.