Mark Smith is the owner and operator of Elevate Elixirs, a kombucha brewing company based in Huntington, WV. Mark and his wife Gina discovered kombucha while traveling and started making their own blends at home. Friends, Family, and co-workers loved getting a sample of Mark’s latest flavor and kept saying you could make this into a business!
So they did, coming to Unlimited Future to learn about business incorporation and licensing requirements for their unique product. Then an opportunity to enter the
Strong Mountain Communities’ Good Jobs Business Plan Competition incentivized them to write a long term plan to grow their business. Unlimited Future coached them through the competition reviewing business plans and supporting their in-person pitch. After winning the grand prize, they also received product development support from RCBI and are looking for space to grow supported by HADCO.
A great product, passionate people and the right network of support gave Elevate Elixirs a jump start! They now distribute across the Huntington Area and to more than ten cities in West Virginia. You can find their product at The Wild Ramp and Butter It Up at the Market (also clients of Unlimited Future).
Dawn Norman has always wanted to start a bookstore and has owned AMS Direct, a direct mail and marketing company for 25 years. Cicada is an opportunity to share her vision and experience as an entrepreneur
with her daughter Katie. After living in Central City, Dawn decided “this is the place that I want to invest in and show people why it’s a great place.” Cicada Books is a business building the community that the owners Dawn and Katie want to live in and they welcome other likeminded entrepreneurs to invest in the revitalization of this area.
Dawn started AMS Direct in the AFI Incubator in 1996. She returned to UFI for assistance in starting a second business.