FORT POLK, La. — Fort Polk’s Army Community Service hosted a Home Based Business “Welcome Fall” two-day market Sept. 17-18 at ACS.
The Fort Polk Home Based Business program is about giving spouses an alternative to the out-of-house employment norm.
Stacey Delgado, ACS Employment Readiness Program Manager, said HBB can help military spouses earn income from their home.
“This event is a showcase of their small businesses, which are portable and can leave with them when they head to a new duty station,” Delgado said. “When we have these events, it’s important for the Fort Polk community to come out and support their local HBBs.”
Helen Archibald, spouse and Home Based Business owner, said having the opportunity to participate in the HBB program is great.
“I took what was essentially a hobby and turned it into a growing business,” Archibald said. “I’ve participated in all the HBB events I can on post.”
Archibald makes clay based jewelry. She designs and creates the pieces she sells under the name Van Arch Designs.
“If I know people are thinking about starting a home based business, I encourage them. It has been nothing but a positive experience for me,” Archibald said.
Solo Sauvao, a spouse who also has a Home Based Business, was browsing the tables of her fellow vendors.
“I like to support my fellow spouses, so I look around and make a purchase here and there,” Sauvao said.
Sauvao was buying macarons from K Mac’s French Macarons — an HBB owned by Kathryn Robles.
Robles said she has culinary arts training and had some free time on her hands since her kids are in school, so she created her cookie business.
“It’s been a great opportunity for me,” Robles said. “Since I’ve been approved as an HBB, I’ve been selling out every week. It just makes me happy when people love what I create.”
Another business that has grown since entering the HBB program is Markee Maker Customs, owned by Rachel Markee.
“Without this program, I wouldn’t be where I am,” Markee said. “I’ve actually started wholesaling to small boutiques.”
Markee puts in long hours to make her business a success.
“I work anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week. It’s crazy, but I love it,” Markee said. “My Family relies on this income. That’s why I work so hard. My business now pays for itself and I’m actually making a profit.”
Markee said the success of the Fort Polk HBB program is due to Stacey Delgado’s hard work.
“She pushes this program and helps by supporting us to make the program successful,” Markee said. “I appreciate her so much.”
For more information about the HBB program call (337) 531-1941.