Small Business Story: Heirloom Food Company’s Success Shows Growing Interest in Healthy Eating

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Taylor Copeland, Quinebaug Valley Community College

Small Business: Heirloom Food Company

Heirloom Food Company

In the borough of Danielson in the small town of Killingly, tucked away in what’s known as the Quiet Corner of Connecticut, there is a little gem of a café called Heirloom Food Company. A locally owned establishment, it’s been in operation since 2012 and offers a variety of healthy options for both eat-in and take-out diners. Their menu of juices, smoothies, espresso drinks, breakfast items, sandwiches, veggie burgers, soups, and desserts is mostly vegetarian, with the option of making nearly every dish vegan, and they serve organic, locally-sourced food whenever possible. Bread is purchased from a bakery in Hartford, and during the growing season, local farmers deliver fresh produce weekly. Most of their menu is made in-house, from scratch, with a focus on creating healthy, delicious, and sustainable options and a willingness to accommodate food allergies, severe and otherwise. Located on Route 12, Heirloom Food Company is set up in a remodeled home, and this—along with the mismatched furniture in the dining area (some of it handmade) and the abstract art on the walls—gives it a uniquely hip yet cozy, small-town vibe.

Small Business Story: Road Runner Sports Relies on Customer Experience

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Noah Bloomberg, Baruch College

Small Business: Road Runner Sports

Road Runner SportsI have always loved running. It provides freedom, time to think, an endorphin rush, and a way to decompress. Running isn’t just an activity for me though; it’s a culture. No one place on the planet has provided a home for the running culture I identify so strongly with more than Road Runner Sports. Located just 15 minutes from my house, Road Runner sports is a running specialty store that caters to runners of all ages and skill levels. I started shopping there when I was 15, started working their when I was 18, and still pop in every now and again as a 20-year- old college sophomore when I need some new equipment.

Small Business Story: Bert’s Diner Builds Relationships with Customers

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Justin Ellis, CSU Sacramento

Small Business: Bert’s Diner

Bert's DinerOwning a small business is becoming a more difficult dream each and every day. Many entrepreneurs are scared to even try their hand in the business world because of the failed attempts they see everyday. However despite these risks, some small business owners defy the odds and risk it all to make their dreams come true. This is true for Bert’s Diner, a local 50’s themed diner in Elk Grove. Every Monday, they offer a ½ off burger special, and every Monday for the past 4 years my friends and I have made sure to be there at the bar eating our burgers and fries.

Small Business Story: Sweet Hut Differentiates Itself by Providing Affordable Food and a Place to Work

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Pui Tam, Kennesaw State University

Small Business: Sweet Hut Bakery and Cafe

Sweet Hut Bakery and Cafe

My favorite local business is Sweet Hut Bakery and Café, which is an Asian bakery and café that opened four years ago in 2013 in Doraville, Georgia. The Sweet Hut Bakery and Café brand had never existed in Georgia before, so they had to make their brand well known, which was a risk. They had to rely on social media marketing, word of mouth, and local advertising.

Understanding Startup Risks and Resources Available to Reduce Them

Karla De Leon Q&A

Karla De Leon has spent her whole life around small businesses and understands the risks associated with them. We spoke with her to get some of her insight into what these risks are and where small business owners can go to get advice on how to best prepare for these risks. She is the Assistant Vice President – Economic & Business Development at Main Street Launch.

De Leon’s parents are small business owners, but her career in small business finance started when she was working as a business broker. Now, she helps small business owners prepare for and complete loan packages, and advises them on all aspects of their business, such as preparing financial projections, developing marketing plans and establishing an online presence.

Small Business Story: Suger Competes with Discount Stores

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Rachel Robertson, University of Southern Maine

Small Business: Suger

suger

My favourite local business is a small boutique in my hometown, Biddeford, Maine.  Suger is a very interesting store with all kinds of unique accessories and beautiful clothes produced in an old mill across the street.  The people in Suger are very friendly and the whole store is a very pleasant, stylish place. It’s a great shop to purchase gifts.  There is always a lovely piece of jewelry or a fascinating trinket for your friend or relative.

Small Business Story: Jasmine’s Couture Struggles Without a Risk Manager

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Jasmine Hester, Mid Plains Community College, Business Administration

Small Business: Jasmine’s Couture

Jasmine's Couture

I have always had a strong love for fashion. Even as a young girl. I just love piecing outfits together, putting different colors and fabrics together to create a signature look. I’m all about making a statement and having an outfit that is the perfect attention grabber!

CoverWallet Announces Partnership with Starr Companies and Industry Legend Hank Greenberg

CoverWallet is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Starr Companies to develop new online insurance products for small businesses.

As a leading international insurance company, Starr will be combining its industry expertise with CoverWallet’s cutting-edge technological solutions in order to reach a broader market.

Launched in early 2016, CoverWallet combines data, design, and technology to simplify the complexities of commercial insurance. We’re reinventing the way business owners understand, buy, and manage policies through our concierge-like service and digital platform.

“We are very excited to have Starr and the legendary Hank Greenberg join us in our mission to simplify the end to end experience of business insurance,” said Inaki Berenguer, CEO of CoverWallet. “To reinvent such a large industry, CoverWallet aims to work with individuals and companies that are leaders at what they do. We could not pass up the opportunity to add Starr to the list of existing insurance partners.”

Small Business Story: Luzerne Lumber Company Thrives by Avoiding Injuries and Lawsuits

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Sarah Knappman, Penn State University, Eberly College of Science

Small Business: Luzerne Lumber Company

Small Business: Luzerne Lumber Company

Is it impartial to say that my favorite small business is one that pays me? Saving up for college expenses that will come after this summer, I have spent most of my summer at the same place my mom has worked for twenty-five years, Luzerne Lumber Company. There, I post and reconcile checks, do the deposits, stock Ace orders, create POs, file, organize, work on the redesigned website— whatever task is asked of me on a given day. And during my many tasks in the store, I continue to learn about the many aspects that go into a small business.

Small Business Story: Fresh Market Coffee Faces Intense Local Competition

The CoverWallet Small Business Scholarship encourages entrepreneurship in students by asking them to take on the perspective of a local small business owner. Students share their perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by a business in their community.

Student: Brooke Rennie, Navarro College

Small Business: Fresh Market Coffee

Small Business: Fresh Market Coffee

As a student, I am constantly trying to discover new places to inspire a thorough study session. It is so hard to keep myself motivated when staring at the same four walls for hours. Fortunately for me, I have discovered a little hidden gem inside one of our local produce markets. It’s named is Fresh Market Coffee (or FMC as I call it to my friends when we are messaging about meeting there!) and besides offering the most amazing organic grocery items and fresh flowers, it also boasts tucked away inside, a small coffee and bakery shop.