KOKOMO — Regardless of the a number of rounds of pandemic reduction, aimed to provide small companies a lift throughout the hardest components of the pandemic, some entrepreneurial Hoosiers are nonetheless struggling.
Kisha Scott, of Kokomo, finds herself on this state of affairs.
Scott’s enterprise, For Everyone Hair and Beauty Care LLC, has high-end merchandise that she sells at low cost, buying the gadgets by way of wholesalers. She believes the merchandise are what individuals need due to her expertise organising store at totally different occasions.
“I promote plenty of my stuff at these occasions in Kokomo,” Scott stated. “Individuals all the time purchase one thing and praise me on the number of gadgets I’ve.”
Nevertheless, Scott continues operating into an issue: getting individuals to come back to her precise store. Presently, her front room within the entrance of her home is serving because the storefront.
“It is laborious for individuals to truly give me an opportunity. The individuals who do come right here, they like it they usually come again.”
Lori Dukes, financial improvement supervisor for Larger Kokomo Financial Improvement Alliance, stated they’ve loads to supply individuals like Scott.
“These sources are right here. The chance is right here,” Dukes stated. “Every part you are seeking to try to accomplish, you are taking a look at a constructing stuffed with everybody to perform these targets alongside of you.”
Housed within the Inventrek Expertise Park, Dukes stated anybody who involves the Larger Kokomo Financial Improvement Alliance may have a slew of sources at their disposal. From tenants with workplaces, to a co-working house known as the Shared Drive and Purdue Polytechnic @ Kokomo, Dukes stated their constructing is teeming with concepts and information that may assist these seeking to or have already began a small enterprise.
Duke stated they focus closely on empowering small companies as a result of we have seen first-hand how necessary they’re to the financial system.
When main provide chain points impacted shoppers, some small corporations and start-ups labored to fill the necessity.
“Our greatest contribution not solely regionally, however from a state perspective and even throughout the nation is how we proceed to encourage the event of small companies and entrepreneurs,” Dukes stated.