‘I can’t believe it’s really happening’: Business owners explain the process of starting a business during a pandemic

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Business owners have had to navigate the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and this is no different for new business owners.

New business owners Lucy Chew and Eric Handlin opened up Studio 12 nearly a month ago, and they are experiencing similar challenges that seasoned business owners have over the course of the pandemic.

Chew said that the supply chain shortage pushed back the grand opening of Studio 12 by nearly seven months.

“We were supposed to open back in February or March,” Chew said. “We had a really hard time of getting things done by the time that we wanted to have them done.”

As the nationwide supply chain shortage continues, Chew stated that the business is still feeling its effects, but customers are understanding about the issue.

“We have pie boxes that are supposed to be delivered one day and they don’t show up,” Chew explained. “So it’s a challenge but our customers have been really understanding about it all.”

However, Chew said that the support they have received from the community smoothed the transition to life a business owner.

“We’re getting so many new customers from word of mouth and from social media coverage,” Chew said. “Things like that we just appreciate everybody coming in and spreading the word about us.”

Handlin also praised community members because he believes they are the driving force to keep a small business stable.

“I can’t believe it’s really happening,” Handlin said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the community and business is really steady.”

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