Elkhart County, IN Entrepreneurs
It started with a personal passion for art. It let to an internationally recognized art museum and a cornerstone of downtown Elkhart's recovery.
One Sunday morning in 2002, as Levi King found himself staring at the pile of ashes that used to be his business, he realized he was at a crossroads.
Being an entrepreneur, Smith says, is about four basic drivers: creativity, community, growth and people. The trick is to balance those things."
Dan Boecher sees entrepreneurs as a key to the ongoing recovery of downtown Elkhart. And not just because they can bring business to the city’s core. He also knows entrepreneurs can get people excited about possibilities.
Eric Kanagy has never been one for sitting around doing nothing. He started his first company...while he was still a student at Goshen College.
You try things, and some things just don't work out, the trick is making sure you don't risk the greater good for little things."
Sometimes things don't work out the way you expect. Sometimes they work out better.
Ask Scott Woldruff what he's done right to stay in business for two decades and he'll laugh and say, "I don't know."
A born entrepreneur, Amish Shah sees everything through the lens of Entrepreneurism.
"Entrepreneurship starts with putting yourself out there. Get out of your seat, get out there and swing the bat."
After 35 years in the corporate world, Steve Martin had achieved a lot of the things that would classify him as a success in most people's minds. But not necessarily in his own.
"When it comes to business and the arts, it's not an 'either-or' thing. You have to think 'both-and.'"
In theory, it shouldn't have worked. Chip and Summer Lewis had never sold beer before. Or run a restaurant. And the city of Elkhart had recently watched its one brew pub fail and close its doors.