Local small businesses brewing up
Lowertown resident Dan Harrison took his love for coffee and turned it into a business. He buys coffee beans from across the world. He also bought a professional roaster. Harrison started roasting the beans and packaging them, calling his new business “Righteous Roast.”
The beans are organic and fair trade. They are currently sold at Midtown Market, Cynthia’s, Wagner’s Wine & Spirits and the Cartridge Shoppe. Fresh Market stores as well as groceries in Louisville have picked up the product. Harrison is currently in talks with Whole Foods about carrying “Righteous Roast.”
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is made up of about 900 businesses, about 75% percent of those are small businesses. Charles Sexton, Director of Economic Development, at Paducah Economic Development says that Kentucky leads the nation in new business startups. “In any community you want people that are innovative, who are constantly trying new things. If we didn’t have that then our economy would halt,” says Sexton.
Sexton also tells us that small business help to recruit large companies to the region. He says, “When it comes down to it, when we’re competing with another community, quality of life can help sell it for us and that entrepreneurial activity adds to that.” Sexton says Paducah has seen an up tick in entrepreneurial activity staring in January of 2014.