TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Nationally, two out of every three jobs created is for small business, and Tippecanoe County is celebrating small business all this week.
We met two small business owners who say owning a small business has encouraged them to help other small businesses.
When you drive down Creasy Lane, you see a sign in front of Java Jo'z Coffee. The friendly service and great drinks have earned this small business recognition around town although they rarely have more than two people working at a time.
"We actually got in as a license agreement with a company," owner Rob Root said. "They went broke two weeks before we opened, so we've been on our own since day one."
Java Jo'z owner Root says there were naturally some nerves to starting a new business, but four and a half years later they're still growing.
"We have steadily grown four to five new customers a day and we've had as high as 21, that we've documented, that are actually new customers," Root said.
Three and a half miles away in Downtown Lafayette, another small business has been going strong for five years.
"We do computer repair and IT support services here," Lafayette PC co-owner Julie Rubsam said. "Basically, that means we'll go into businesses, we'll set up their network systems, we'll make sure that their data is being backed up properly in a secure way."
Rubsam says while owning her business with her husband can be stressful, they seem to manage it.
"As long as you can manage the stress," Rubsam said. "A lot of the time it's kind of, ‘What's the worst case scenario? What's the worst that could happen?' It's really not that bad."
So whether it's coffee or computers, both owners say Lafayette is the place to be for starting a small business.
"If I have customers that come through and they have services that I need, many times I will choose them because I know what they're going through," Root said. "They're supporting me, I want to support them."
"Not only when you're here in your own community do you really try to support small business, but when I travel to other small communities, I'm more aware of small businesses in their communities and trying to (support) those small businesses as well," Rubsam said.
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