A Poppin Good Business for a Special Entrepreneur!

Business: Poppin Joe's Kettle Korn Motto:  “Have a ‘Poppin’ great day!” What is Poppin Joe’s Kettle Korn? Poppin Joe's Kettle Korn was established to show that I, Joe Steffy, a young man with autism and down syndrome, am able to work. The kettle korn business gives me an opportunity to do a variety of tasks I can chose between while at work each day. We sell fresh popped kettle korn at festivals, and in local retail outlets. Poppin Joe's also does private events and fundraisers for our local community. Why was starting your own … [Read more...]

Crafting Autism Employment with Creativity and Purpose

Business: Crafters for Life Mission: Create a constructive reason for autistic and special needs adults after aging out of high school to leave the house, learn social skills, and earn a paycheck. What is Crafters for Life? Crafters For Life is a company that employs autistic individuals and others with special needs to make and sell hand-crafted products. Our products include greeting cards, drink coasters, key chains, lavender eye pillows, drink tumblers and sugar scrubs. The company is based on a skills program in a high … [Read more...]

Autism Small Business:
There’s Help Out There

Hello again.  Since my last post I have had the privilege of meeting with the assistant director, Mary Adelman, of the Northwest Jersey division of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC).  This was incredibly useful in helping me to map out my business plan and goals for becoming a small business owner. [Tweet "Follow my journey to start a business to employ autistic adults. #AutismEmpowerment "] During our conversation, Mary explained the variety of ways in which I could work with the various autism service … [Read more...]