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The Dansville Online
  • Arc of Steuben offers StArcky U. small business program for clients

  • The Arc of Steuben has created StArcky U., a small business program for intellectually and developmentally disabled budding entrepreneurs.
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  • The Arc of Steuben has created StArcky U., a small business program for intellectually and developmentally disabled budding entrepreneurs.
    Ashley John, support specialist with the Arc of Steuben, created the program to teach a select number of StArcky U. students the ins and outs of small business ownership.
    “My intent was to show that they can do what they love and make money doing it,” John said. “I wanted them to learn that not just anybody can own their own business. It takes hard work and dedication.”
    The eight-week class covered different aspects of owning a small business, including some of the legal issues, the importance of location, start-up costs and forms of marketing. The individuals who attended the class also received experience with computers and public speaking that they will use whether they ultimately decide to open their own small business or pursue other dreams.
    The five individuals who took part in the class had a wide range of small business ideas.
    Andrea Rose wanted to take her experience working in her mother’s bakery and apply it to her own bakery – the Ying Yang Cakery.
    “I love to bake and I wanted to have a product anyone can have, including diabetics,” Rose said. “I wanted to create a healthier option for baked goods.”
    Like Rose, Dave Gardner wants to use experience he gained from working with his family to open his own engine repair shop.
    Laurie Clark took one of the main themes of the class – doing what you love – and created plans for her own DJ service.
    “I like to listen to and dance to different kinds of music,” Clark said. “I want to share my musical expressions with other people. When I get stressed out music helps me relax. I want to share that with other people.”
    The Arc of Steuben was founded in 1964 by a group of parents advocating for the education of their children, each of whom had a disability. The Arc is a private not-for-profit organization that serves 1,100 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    For more information, visit www.arcofsteuben.org.

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