Individuals with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups. One in five people has a disability, and 80 percent of those individuals are unemployed. Katie Holyfield and Taylor Matkins wanted to do something about that. Having worked with adults with differing abilities at the National Ability Center in Park City, they understood the potential of these individuals when given a chance. So, they opened a coffee shop that employs and empowers those with disabilities.
“We are setting out to change the stigma that if you work with this population, you are a saint,” said Matkins.
As they were researching the assistance available for entrepreneurs, they came across the Utah Small Business Development Center website. Within 12 hours, they had booked their first meeting with Jim Herrin, director and business advisor at the Salt Lake Region SBDC.