PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON
What’s the difference between someone with a great idea and a business owner? The latter makes a plan and puts their talk into action. Michelle Ray was just helping a friend out when she agreed to bartend at a pal’s wedding a while back. Ray brought along Courtney Cain, and after they enjoyed working the bar that night, they realized they had the skills to make what they were doing a real business. The conversation picked up from there like, ‘We can do this,’” Ray recalled. “‘We can get insured and do all the things we need to do to be a legit mobile bartending business.’” Thus, Naked by Sunday – a mobile bartending service – was born. If you have an idea you’d like to see come to fruition, seek mentors and consult with others who have been there. The Indiana Small Business Development Center is a great place to start. You can learn more about the organization at isbdc.org. (And you can contact Naked by Sunday at 502.299.3459, 812.207.6740 or nakedbysunday.com.)
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