Focus on Business: Small business owners invest in Ashland – The Independent

Ashland is the place small business owners Nathan and Davonne Parks wished to be.

The owners of the now 12-year-previous and rising Excessive Efficiency Laptop Providers business lately invested in an previous constructing at 824 Greenup Ave., shopping for it in 2016 and remodeling the construction right into a constructing that now stands out on Greenup.

It affords all new infrastructure, a brand new look, a brand new exterior and appears like a spot to do business in a metropolis trying to develop it is financial core.

"Downtown Ashland is the best spot for us," Nathan Parks mentioned. "We're located between two hospitals. Ninety % of our business happens between them."

Warren Buffett and Michael Bloomberg wrote in USA Right now in 2016 that the important thing to financial development is discovered in small business. They create over 60 % of recent jobs and make use of half of People staff.

"Serving to them develop — to get their concepts off the bottom — is without doubt one of the greatest methods to help financial development and wishes the continued focus of each elected officers and the non-public sector," they wrote.

For the Parks, rising the small business from the bottom up in Ashland is a labor of affection. They began in a a lot smaller property and labored for years at close by 701 Winchester. The business expanded 12 months after 12 months and now affords know-how experience for small to medium sized companies, residential clients and several other different know-how-primarily based companies. The Parks mentioned once they had been on the previous location they drove by the beat up constructing at 824 Greenup nearly daily and entertained the thought of renovating it to accommodate development.

"It had been unoccupied for about 14 or 15 years -- The entire time we had been over there, we'd drive by and it could be empty and I drove previous it daily," Nathan Parks mentioned.

"Its been empty since earlier than we have been in business," Davonne Parks mentioned.

Nathan Parks mentioned he was advised a myriad of companies beforehand referred to as 824 Greenup dwelling.

"I heard...floral store, baseball playing cards, sporting items," he mentioned. "I truly purchased my very first violin right here again in 89 and 90. Violins and violas. Photograph growing. Some kind of consignment store. Used automobiles. Simply every kind of stuff. No matter they might do."

The Parks carried out a whole renovation of all the constructing, making it a really good business constructing.

"We have renovated the entire place," Nathan Parks mentioned. "We obtained about as near constructing a brand new constructing as potential with out truly constructing a brand new constructing. We took it again out to the naked partitions and redid every thing. Plumbing, electrical, all new drywall and roof and every thing. We saved the vaulted ceiling."

The transfer was geared toward assembly the wants of consumers. The new constructing, the couple mentioned, introduced extra development and on the similar time the couple appears like their renovation is an funding in Ashland's brilliant lengthy-time period future.

"My favourite factor about our firm is the atmosphere," Davonne Parks mentioned. "We're very household-oriented. Through the photo voltaic ecplipse everybody was right here watching it collectively. A Christian household-oriented work atmosphere."

Focus on Business: Small business owners invest in Ashland - The Independent