COLUMBIA – Some mid-Missouri companies had their first alternative to take part in a Small Enterprise Saturday occasion.
As of Saturday, a lot of the stands on the market started their companies inside the final two years.
A handful of enterprise homeowners at a market in downtown Columbia stated they felt the start of the coronavirus pandemic was the suitable time to begin their outlets.
The proprietor of Merely Sally Jo, Sally Barnes, began the enterprise together with her niece somewhat over a 12 months in the past. She stated beginning their enterprise was the following step.
“I’m approaching retirement age,” Sally Barnes stated. “That is one thing that may maintain me out of hassle after I retire.”
For different distributors, beginning their enterprise wasn’t a luxurious however reasonably a necessity. For Megan Fritz, the proprietor of Shoot Dang Silver, the pandemic compelled her hand.
“I misplaced each of my jobs, and I used to be like now I can concentrate on doing what I really like,” Fritz stated.
Nevertheless, the timing has precipitated challenges for some enterprise homeowners. The organizer of the market and founding father of Curations 573, Denise, has seen these struggles first hand.
“Provide shortages are positively a painful factor that each one companies and distributors are feeling proper now,” Denise stated.
Whereas among the companies on the market bought residence items, jewellery, and clothes, one enterprise had a novel service it supplied to patrons.
“The largest factor with the Small Enterprise Saturday is letting folks know there’s this native processor that they will go to and really know the place the animal got here from,” Samuel Rothove stated.
He and his spouse co-own Purple Barn Butchering, a butchery situated in Osage County, lower than a 12 months in the past. Whereas his enterprise has many patrons from Jefferson Metropolis, he felt it was time to develop his buyer base to Columbia.
“What introduced me right here in the present day was simply to get my phrase out within the Columbia space,” Rothove stated. “We’re making an attempt to develop our buyer base in order that we will supply extra selection to everybody by hitting totally different demographics throughout the board.”
Rothove stated he prides himself on doing what nationwide firm chains can’t do for the neighborhood. He stated in contrast to companies, each buy makes a distinction, and buyer issues to his butchery.
“For us, as a small enterprise proprietor, you go to a giant field retailer they aren’t going to rejoice,” Rothove stated. “You go to my store and we make an excellent sale, we rejoice. I get to sponsor my child’s tee ball staff due to individuals who assist these small companies.”
He stated his purpose is to at all times give again to the neighborhood as a result of the Mid-Missouri economic system is essential.
“To me, neighborhood is king,” Rothove stated. “If we will maintain our cash inside the neighborhood we dwell in and simply the overall space, we’re so significantly better off.”
Rothove stated he was completely satisfied to community on the market. Curations573 is internet hosting extra small enterprise occasions on Dec. 3, 11, and 12 with totally different distributors, together with Residing Home windows. A number of the occasions might be winter wonderland themed.