Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT, BeachWalk Homes!
Four questions with Oscar Leal, founder of BeachWalk Homes.
Why did you start your business?
I started my business for 3 reasons:
- I had a passion for building and design and a desire to turn a nearly lifelong avocation into my vocation
- After being in a profession where everything was on paper/theoretical, I yearned to build something real. A new home or renovation is one of the last large-scale products that are handmade locally
- I wanted to spend more time in my local community with my neighbors and children rather than commuting long-distance and traveling all over for work
What is your best-selling product/service?
To me, we offer only one product/service. That is designing and building homes and renovations with high-quality craftmanship, clear/concise communication, and a high level of transparency.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
We support countless local businesses. The building of just one home is an economy unto itself. At least 50 local businesses are involved in the construction of one home. It takes a huge amount of coordination, but working with so many talented, dedicated small business owners from a framing company to a glass supplier, to a painter is truly a joy.
Have you "reimagined" your small business?
I think to run a successful small business you have to "reimagine" often. From the time I started this business, I knew we would focus on high-quality craftsmanship, clear/concise communication, and a high level of transparency in a smaller coastal radius. However, I have steadily grown the number of people working with me and the number of projects we can successfully manage. Having assistance in project management, sub-contractor oversight, and client communication has further energized me.
Oscar nominates Kia Hardy of Fairfield Glass to be featured next!
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!