If you grew up in a small town like I did, you know what it’s like to walk into the local bakery or clothing boutique and feel at home. I always loved when my parents would take us to the small Italian restaurant on the corner. It was owned by one of our neighbors and I got a kick out of watching their kids whiz around taking orders while their mom and dad were cooking and working the room. It seemed like such a family affair. Thinking back, it all looked so simple and pleasant, but behind those kitchen doors, I’m sure it was anything but.
With any small business, the road to success is never easy. And for those brave enough to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome that can be intimidating to face alone, especially in the midst of an unstable economy and a growing need for community driven businesses.