Our eXtension community, Entrepreneurs and Their Communities, continues to highlight Small Business Week+. With land-grant universities across the country supporting small businesses and their development, we have lots of great small business partners to highlight. If you are thinking about starting a small business, stop in at your local Extension office.
Guest Blogger: Kathy Macomber, Business Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
The Run Around
Erik focuses on providing personal service and an individual fitting process at The Run Around resulting in a customized experience for each customer. His work resulted in his receipt, in 2011, of the “Rising Star of Entrepreneurship” award from the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC).
In 2011, Erik also participated in the 2011 MO SBTDC Client Showcase held at the Capitol rotunda on January 26. Bartlett was presented with a legislative resolution from Senator Ron Richard (District 32). The Run Around, was one of twenty outstanding small businesses in Missouri who received the award sponsored by the MO SBTDC.
When Bartlett was first thinking of starting his company more than three years ago while still in college, he sought the advice of Kathy Macomber at the University of MissouriSmall Business and Technology Development Center to develop a business plan. That business plan was a key component in the loan process. The Run Around Running Company launched in April 2010 and has developed loyal customers in the running community in and around Joplin. Bartlett received assistance from the SBTDC in the areas of business start-up procedures, forms of business organization, writing a business plan, marketing methods, financial projections, and QuickBooks assistance.
Kathy Macomber, Business Development Specialist, provides business training and assistance in an eight-county region of southwest Missouri. “Erik Bartlett is a savvy young entrepreneur,” Macomber says. “He saw a need for a specialty running store in Joplin, and is successfully growing the business. He has created several new jobs, was able to purchase a building near his original leased location in which he recently moved the store.”
Running accessories and clothing, in addition to a wide selection of shoes, are available at the store which utilizes a gait analysis system and a digital foot scanner to provide a personalized shoe fitting process. The store organizes and supports local running events.
The Run Around is located at 422 S. Main Street in Joplin, Missouri. The phone number is (417)627-0057; and you can follow The Run Around, LLC on Facebook .
The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center Network is a non-profit partnership of the Small Business Administration, State of Missouri, University of Missouri Extension, and other state universities, organized to help small businesses succeed. For more information call Kathy Macomber at the Small Business and Technology Development Center (417) 682-3579.