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Kokomo small business owners still struggling despite pandemic relief

KOKOMO — Despite the several rounds of pandemic relief, aimed at giving small businesses a boost during the toughest times of the pandemic, some entrepreneurial Hoosiers are still struggling.

Kisha Scott from Kokomo finds herself in this situation.

Scott’s business, For Everyone Hair and Beauty Care LLC, offers premium products that she sells at a discount, purchasing the items through wholesalers. She thinks the products are what people want because of her experience in setting up a boutique at different events.

“I sell a lot of my stuff at these events in Kokomo,” Scott said. “People always buy something and compliment me on the variety of items I have.”

However, Scott continues to run into a problem: getting people to come to his current store. Currently, her living room at the front of her house serves as a storefront.

“It’s hard for people to give me a chance. People who come here, they love it and they come back.”

Lori Dukes, economic development manager for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, said they have a lot to offer people like Scott.

“Those resources are here. The opportunity is there,” Dukes said. “Whatever you seek to try and accomplish, you’re looking at a building full of everyone to achieve those goals by your side.”

Housed in the Inventrek Technology Park, Dukes said anyone who comes to the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance will have a wealth of resources at their disposal. From tenants with offices to a coworking space called Shared Drive and Purdue Polytechnic @ Kokomo, Dukes said their building is full of ideas and knowledge that can help those who are looking for or have already started a small business.

Duke said they have a strong focus on empowering small businesses because we’ve seen firsthand how important they are to the economy.

When major supply chain issues impacted consumers, some small businesses and start-ups worked to meet the need.

“Our greatest contribution not just locally but from a state perspective and even across the country is how we continue to encourage the development of small businesses and entrepreneurs,” Dukes said.

You can learn more about the resources offered by the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance by visiting their website and contacting them.



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