By: NetWork Kansas
Jessica Young completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Greeley County during the Spring of 2017. Below she talks about the impact that this program has had on her and how it has helped her take action and start her business, in partnership with her employer and for the improvement of her community.
Q: Describe your business and how it began since participating in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.
A: I have wanted a coffee shop in our town for 12 years, since I moved to town. Over the years I have researched here and there about starting up a coffee shop but never felt like the time was right. Since the class, my bosses have given me the opportunity to start a coffee shop in the back of our store. They knew we needed a change and let me spend their money! I wanted to make sure that this would be the best investment and that it would be worthwhile. I reached out to every coffee shop I could, visited a lot of places, and realized even more the need for a coffee shop in our town.
Q: What were your key takeaways from participating?
A: My bosses offered to pay for their employees to take the Ice House class and I took the opportunity. While there I learned more about researching and planning a business but also about being OK with change, jumping off the ledge, and working at your dreams. I know there are needs in town, things we don’t have and don’t offer. It was my goal to fill one of those needs. In turn it brings more business into our store and more happy customers.
Q: What are your plans to grow your business in the future?
A: We want to continue to offer the best coffee and continue to come up with new recipes and products and continually give people reasons to come back tomorrow. We plan to continue offering our punchcard (buy 10 cups get the 11th free), offering fast, friendly service and find seasonal drinks and market those.
Q: How do you think the entrepreneurial mindset will help you to move forward?
A: I feel like entrepreneurs aren’t special people, they just see needs and fill it. We had great special guests and the videos in the class were great as well. They all seemed to know that it is a lot of work, totally worthwhile though. They all found things they needed, or others did, and found out how to get it and make it profitable. I want to continually be thinking how can I improve myself or the business and what can we do differently instead of doing the same thing and getting stuck in a rut that isn't profitable to the company.
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