What’s Your Big Idea? StartUP Columbus Aims To Give Entrepreneurs An Edge For Success

By Tony Adams
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Budding business owners who have an idea for a product or service that they believe in are encouraged to contact “StartUP Columbus” to see how they can go about getting their dreams off the ground.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga.

It’s an impressive “stretch goal” that Kim Baxley Wilson has for her fledgling business called MyDoula, an online birthing assistance service she is now ramping up in Columbus.

In four years, she hopes to have 2,300 clients and 150 working doulas per month under her umbrella company that assists moms-to-be through their cherished pregnancies for a fee. On paper, that would generate a profit of $1.1 million on revenue of $3.5 million.

“That’s my stretch goal. But, realistically, we should make $100,000 in the next 12 months,” said Baxley Wilson, who was on hand Friday for the 1006 Broadway grand opening of StartUP Columbus’ downtown office in what is known as The Rankin building.

Another product of StartUP Columbus and its predecessor, ColumbusMakesIT!, is Nathan Carr, a Columbus manufacturer of a Sonic Air Flow product called an “AirJet” that generates 2,000 cubic feet of air per minute using a miserly 54 watts of power.

For now, it’s for commercial and industrial customers wishing to lower their heating and cooling expenses by using the straight-line air flow device — rather than a swirl pattern — to keep air circulating at an efficient rate.

“It’s for everyday use to save money. The fan’s really built to run 24/7 and because of its low energy draw it would cost you less than $50 a year to run the fan 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Carr, who is in expansion mode after already having installed AirJet devices at St. Francis Hospital and inside the downtown YMCA. He also just landed Phenix City Parks and Recreation as a client and is hoping to do so as well with credit-card processor TSYS.

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